Traveling these days has become complicated by current circumstances. This is a shame because many people are required to travel for work, and many more desire the experiences that travel has to offer. In many cases, travel restrictions are in place to protect you from danger, but knowing how to travel in safety is often your own responsibility. Here’s what you need to know about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choosing a Safe Destination
While there are ways to minimize the risk of infection, the most potent of these is to simply avoid the possibility as much as possible. While isolation is the only sure thing, this isn’t sustainable for even living your life, let alone travelling. However, you can factor in the safety of various locations when choosing a destination in order to increase your overall level of safety. Knowing the current state of affairs in various places around the world is an essential part of travel at this time. For example, Canada is the safest country in North America at present, while the US has the highest density of coronavirus cases in the world. Mexico has fewer cases overall, but more of those cases result in death. Globally, the safest destination would be the Solomon Islands, where only a single case has been recorded to date. Having these stats on hand is the single best way to make sure that your trip isn’t putting you or anyone else in harm’s way.
Finding Safe Food and Water
Travelling to a new place inherently means dealing with unknown factors. This wouldn’t ordinarily be too much of a problem, but the current health crisis demands a higher level of scrutiny. It’s important to do plenty of research on the area you plan to visit. For example, you can track the statistics of clean or unclean drinking water around the globe for a general idea of the availability of freshwater in the area of your destination. The leading countries in freshwater resources to date are Brazil, the United States, and Russia. However, the current crisis can complicate matters a bit. Ground water sources like wells are more susceptible to contamination, for example, so individual businesses that use a water softener system will ultimately be your best best. Many individuals still rely on unpurified ground water for sustenance, and hard water can have its own health benefits, but the risk of contamination during the present crisis renders it an unnecessary risk for those who can avoid it.
Packing the Essentials
Packing is a crucial part of any trip, but the list of essential items has expanded in light of recent events. A standard trip requires you to have plenty of clothing, spending money, toiletries, and a passport or via, for example. Having your smartphone on hand is also a necessity. Modern travel requires some extra precautions, however. You will need to make sure that you have a new face mask each day. Even if you’re using washable, reusable masks, you can’t expect to have consistent access to the equipment with which to do laundry, so bringing one for each day is preferred. Reusable masks are still preferred, because disposal, medical grade masks available via retail are often not of sufficient quality to provide the additional protection associated with them, and they have their own weaknesses that can make them an inferior choice in many cases. You’ll also need to keep your hands clean and sanitized, so guaranteeing that you have access to both soap and hand sanitizer is an essential part of staying healthy and preventing yourself from spreading contamination unwittingly.
While travel restrictions have been in place for much of the pandemic, borders are beginning to open back up. With the lifting of restrictions comes the burden of responsibility among travelers themselves to make educated decisions for the sake of the greater global community. These tips will help you stay safe while traveling during these hard times.