Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic disease because of its rapid spread around the world. It has impacted everything ranging from from businesses to even how we interact socially. Traveling, however, is probably the thing that has been impacted the most. Now that the situation is improving, travel restrictions have been eased and various modes of transportation have resumed albiet new precautionary SOPs are being implemented. The situation is still fluid as new research keeps coming in and the stats around the world keep getting updated. But one things is for sure; life cannot come to stop indefinitely. Things have to move on and so humans will travel. The frequency and way of travelling will definitely change.
Based on the information at hand, here are a few basic but highly effective tips for safe travelling.
1. Avoid public transportation where possible
If it’s a domestic travel and the distance is manageable by road then no better option than to hop in your car or hire a car for the trip and avoid public transport. This will not only eliminate exposure to other travelers in the same vehicle but will also reduce interaction with staff at airports, train stations etc. Not to forget, road trips can be a lot of fun and great learning experience which many travelers usually miss out on.
2. Wear a good quality face mask
Face masks are the new most visible norm and these should be on the top of the list for any traveler’s packing list. Having a few as backup is highly recommended. Importance of face masks cannot be stressed enough. Being the first line of defense it protects us from the possibility of getting infected as well as helps protect others from getting being infected in case we are an assymptomatic carrier of the virus. Medical research on whether the virus can be transmitted through air borne particles or not is still evolving and if so then the importance of face masks will only get amplified.
3. Opt for online reservation, check-in and avoid extra luggage
Online reservation and check-in facility are not just an added convenience anymore. They have become an essential service for travelers ensuring reduced social interaction. So travelers should definitely opt for this and air lines and air port authorities should encourage use of these services.
Avoiding extra luggage that need to be checked-in and instead opting for hand-carry to be stored in the cabin is also a smart choice to minimize social contact.
4. Sanitize or wash hands frequently
Whether travelling by air, train or by car; be sure to carry a sanitizer in your pocket or purse and make it a conscious habit to use it periodically, especially after touching surfaces. Many public places have now started installing hand sanitizer dispensers so you should use them whenever available. In case of unavailability of sanitizer one should then make sure to wash hands periodically.
5. Carrying snacks and water bottle
Packing your own snacks and carrying your own water bottle is highly recommended in the current scenario. It will help avoid social contact and ensure personal hygiene.
6. Stay at a hotel which is following recommended SOPs
Be sure to book a room at a reputed hotel which is taking all the necessary health precautions to ensure safety for its guests and staff. The relevant tourism departments of states have prepared and circulated official SOPs for hotels which can easily be accessed online. It is a good idea to have those at hand and ensure the hotel that you are booking a room at is at least abiding by those SOPs, if not more.
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