A lot of travel plans and trips were cancelled over the past couple of months because of the pandemic. With the gradual lifting and moderation of quarantines across the globe, some are still hesitant to go on a trip, while some are already set in traveling again. Which leads us to the question, how can we protect ourselves when we travel? Here are some safety tips that should come in handy:
Stay updated with the health and safety guidelines in place
By now, we should all be strictly following the World Health Organization’s advice for public regarding COVID-19. By following these guidelines, we can help slow down the infection rate.
Maintain good personal hygiene
Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unsanitized hands, as bacteria and virus enter through these body parts. Be extra mindful of what you touch in public places and make it a habit to frequently clean your hands. If you want to minimize your risk of infection and also enhance your overall health, take regular care of your body by practicing basic personal hygiene habits.
Pack these travel essentials
When traveling, don’t forget to take these items with you for a safe and hassle-free transit: face mask or face shield, alcohol or hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, pen, vitamins.
Make the effort to clean your surroundings
Whether you are traveling via sea, air or land, it will not hurt to go the extra mile of sanitizing the space you will be in for the whole duration of your trip. Transportation services have enhanced their sanitation measures, but if you think this extra measure will help you feel more safe, then go for it.
Combat the low humidity in airplanes
Mucuos membranes in our body help in blocking viruses from entering our system. The low humidity in airplanes can dry out our mucuos membranes, making us more susceptible to airborne infection. It’s important that we stay hydrated while on board by drinking lots of water.
Not feeling your best? Consider staying home instead
If you are exhibitingsymptoms of coronavirus, it would be best to postpone your travels. Symptoms of COVID-19 vary, but mild cases frequently experience fever, cough, and fatigue. Moderate cases may have difficulty breathing or mild pneumonia. For serious symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Keep in mind that staying cautious at all times is a must. We never know who is infected and who is not, and we have to act as if we are all carriers of the virus. We don’t want to risk infecting the people around us, especially those who are more vulnerable due to old age and pre-existing illness. Be extra careful and stay safe!