It’s no secret that the world has changed significantly over the past year due to COVID. Social distancing protocols, shutdowns, and quarantines meant that many of us canceled or delayed travel plans in the spring and summer. However, with the holiday season in full swing and more people hoping to find our “new normal,” travel is once again on the rise. Here are five tips for traveling in a post-COVID society.
Travel regulations are changing often. Some destinations may require a negative COVID test or self-quarantine period, while others may not welcome travelers from certain states or countries. Do your research ahead of time to ensure you can get to your destination and make sure you know what to expect upon arrival. Get the latest CDC travel guidelines here.
Bring Snacks & Drinks
Airlines and hotels are taking extra precautions with food and beverages. This means traditional services like continental breakfast and in-flight beverages and snacks are limited. This can be especially challenging for anyone with food allergies. It’s best to plan your own meals and snacks. Bring your own, or if traveling by air, bring a few for the flight and then purchase snacks when you reach your final destination. If possible, get a hotel room with a kitchenette to save money on meals - you can stock up at a nearby grocery store and lower exposure from dining out.
Prep your PPE
Don’t assume you can purchase PPE such as masks and gloves along the way or at your final destination. Many stores still limit PPE purchases, and there may be shortages. Bring your own masks, as well as extra hand sanitizer, wipes, and other items you may need. If you prefer reusable masks, bring extra and have a plan for washing / sanitizing them regularly. If you don’t have access to a washer or can’t wash them, alternate reusable masks with disposable ones.
Plan for Potential Travel Delays
In this time of uncertainty, it’s best to build in extra time for potential travel delays. Load up your kindle with new books, download new music or audiobooks, and bring along a pair of Rayz headphones to help you tune out the distractions.
Bring the Right Work Gear
Chances are you’ll be doing some work on the road, so plan accordingly and bring the tools that work for you when traveling. If you’ll be taking conference calls in your hotel room or on the road, the Rally speaker can bring crystal clear call quality to meetings no matter where you are.
No matter how well you plan, there are situations beyond your control. Remember that a positive outlook is the most important thing to bring on your trip! Delays will happen, and there may be unexpected changes, but there are still many things to be thankful for. With a little planning and the right travel gear, you can make travel safer and still have quite an enjoyable experience.