Obligations and wanderlust can be powerful lures even if it is far from ideal to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With several US states easing restrictions on travel, there are many families, groups, and sole travelers on the road. These are a few ways you can make your travel safe and reduce the risk of exposure the novel coronavirus.
Booking a Private Jet Rental
You can always book a private jet for your travel if you don’t want to risk flying commercial. There are several benefits to flying in a private jet rental. For starters, you come in contact with significantly less people. You can completely avoid the airport crowd and other passengers. This is especially true if you have booked the entire jet for a large group.
You don’t need to wait in line at check-in counters. You can bring your vehicle right next to the aircraft and board without wasting a minute. However, it is still recommended that you wear a mask throughout the flight.
Flying in Commercial Airlines
Flying is actually safer in the new normal as compared to going to a public pool or a restaurant. It may seem counterintuitive to box yourself with dozens of strangers in a plane. But, the many safety precautions being taken by airlines and airports are making flying one of the safest ways to travel. In addition, high touch surfaces are no longer thought to be a common mode of transmission.
Still, there are a few risks to flying and you need to maintain due diligence and care to lower your and your loved one’s risk when traveling by plane. For instance, you should check with the airline about their policies beforehand. Choose an operator you are comfortable with.
Try booking seats that have empty neighbors. There are several airlines that are already blocking the middle seat to create more distance between passengers. You should consider flying one of these airlines. And, in such airlines make sure you book window seats. That will minimize your contact with other passengers and airline crew.
You should always carry disinfectant wipes regardless of the airline’s policies. Make sure you clean the seat and surrounding area thoroughly before sitting down. If your seat is not covered in fabric, feel free to wipe it down along with tray tables and armrests.
It is important that you avoid waiting in line for the restrooms. You need to practice safe distancing even when on the flight. Bring disposable wipes or paper towels to avoid touching common surfaces when inside the restroom.
Take a Road Trip
Road trips are another safe way of traveling without risking exposure to coronavirus. It gets even better if you rent an RV and don’t need to use public restrooms. Make sure you pack enough disinfectant wipes, sanitizers, masks, and paper towels to last your trip. Err on the side of carrying more than you need if you have children.
While at rest stops or restaurants, touch as little as you can. Never touch faucets, door handles or countertops with your bare hands. You can wear gloves whenever you step out of the car or use a paper towel. Make sure you throw these before you get inside your car again.