Due to our global recent troubled times, the travel industry completely grounded to a halt but now the world is slowly starting to open up again. Of course, there’s definitely no 100% foolproof way of staying completely safe but there are certainly a number of things you can do to minimize risks if you’re planning to travel again. Here are our tips on how to try and travel as safely as possible if you are considering heading away now or in the future…
Get tested before you head off
One of the first things to check before travelling post-pandemic is to get tested before you even step foot on a plane. How a test is carried out can vary depending on the country and region, but the information is readily available on Government pages. It is worth noting that a lot can change during these times, so it is worth staying abreast of developments that occur, especially when concerning travel.
Review your medical history
Collating medical records is probably the last thing anyone wants to do before they travel, but they can help show that you have a clean bill of health, which offers more confidence when travelling. Of course, medical records may not always be required, but it is about minimizing the risk.
Reviewing your medical history may also highlight any other issues that could need addressing before travel, so it can be a big help when it comes to making travel arrangements.
Create a travel essentials kit
Despite all the worries concerning the outbreak, people will find that their travel plans are less stressful when taking the right items. As such, those looking to travel following the easing of the lockdown should create a travel kit that contains products designed to help you keep as safe as possible. An example of what should be included in a travel safety kit may look like:
- Mask (and spares)
- Gloves (and spares)
- A large hand sanitizer
Of course, there can be some additions as per requirements. For example, those with children may also want to include some antibacterial wipes to ensure cleaning of the hands can be carried out as quickly and easily as possible.
Take precautions while traveling on the airplane
Again there is definitely no 100% full proof way of staying safe while flying but there are a few things you can do to try and increase your safety. For example, this article recommends that opting for a window seat is one thing you can do and once at your window seat stay put (so maybe a good idea to keep your caffeine intake to a minimum!).
Also bring a plastic zip bags for personal items that others may handle, such as your passport, bring handwipes so you can wipe down your seat and armrests and of course, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as often as you can. Also, make sure you wear a mask for the duration of your flight (many flight operators will insist on this anyway).
Consider an Airbnb rather than a hotel
Although hotels will be making every effort to ensure that they are stopping the spread of the virus, if you are very worried about socially distancing then it’s worth considering Airbnb or self-catering accommodation where you can keep contact with other people to an absolute minimum.
Increase your safety while residing in accommodation
When checking into your accommodation are still a number of things that you can do to increase your safety. Every hotel should be clear as to what actions are being to reduce the risk of the recent virus, including cleaning regimes and disinfection of public areas (you may want to check with them before you book what their new policies and procedures are).
Although it would still be a good idea to disinfect the hotel room or accommodation upon your arrival. The disinfection of a hotel room does not have to be laborious, consider doing at least this amount of cleaning…
- Clean the sink and bathroom surfaces area upon arrival
- Clean any surfaces you will come into contact with especially door handles, bedside table etc.
- Consider spraying the whole room with a recommended disinfectant.
- Wash your hands after entering and leaving your hotel room.
It also may be a good idea to put reminders on your smartphone as we all tend to be a bit more relaxed on holiday!
Choose attractions where social distancing is possible
It is fair to say that some countries can be more populated than others, so rather than choosing a popular hotspot, why not choose somewhere that has fewer visitors and can offer landmarks that can still be enjoyed while social distancing, just check with government advice whether their borders will be open and will be welcoming overseas visitors before you go.
Although lockdown measures will be lifted, it is still important to stay safe, regardless of whether you are travelling to a country or sightseeing upon arrival. To increase your safety it would be a good idea to plan out activities that are likely to be quieter more secluded spots – for example, swap crowded beaches for a hike in the natural wilderness.
Take out very good travel insurance (and check the small print)!
There’s never been a more important time to take out good travel insurance before you head out on a trip. Although many travel insurance providers won’t cover cases of the recent outbreak it’s worth shopping around to see what you can find and then find out exactly what will be covered. Also check what the current situation is in that country, for example, if you buy your insurance policy after the FCO has advised against travel, then it’s very likely that you won’t be covered. For Australians, check out ComparetheMarket.com.au, for the USA try Travel Insurance.com. and for Canada SafeVisit.ca is a great site to try.