For many, they have been home since the pandemic and have taken no trips. With the holidays upon us, many are ready to take a trip to spend time with loved ones. Once study shows that 39% of Americans are planning to hit the road this holiday season. If you are one of those who will be traveling, here are a few things you can do to try and make travel safer for you and your loved ones:
- Who is getting together? If the members of your family that are gathering are younger with no underlying conditions, you can be a bit more flexible. But if members span multiple generations and some have medical issues then you will need to take greater precautions. Know your audience to prepare appropriately.
- Isolating prior to traveling. While it might be hard, especially for kids back in school, staying isolated for five days prior to the trip will greatly reduce your exposure to the virus so you can be more confident you won’t be spreading to family upon your arrival.
- Drive if you can. We have previously written about the safety of air travel but there is still a risk, especially pre and post flight. Being in your own car is a much safer option.
- Isolating upon arrival. Just as you isolated five days prior to the trip it is also recommended to isolate another five days once you arrive at your destination. Here’s hoping you can work remotely because isolation time has added 10 days to your plans.
Once you are with family, there are additional suggestions to help keep everyone virus free:
- Wear masks. Even inside
- Don’t hug or kiss upon greeting
- Wash hands and use sanitizer. Lots!
- Be outside as much as possible
- When inside, remain in large spaces that are well ventilated. Keep windows open as much as possible.
- Avoid buffet style meals. Everyone should bring their own. If you do provide food, have one person serve.
For complete information, please refer to the full article from CNBC to travel safer.