If you have to travel when everyone is telling you to do the opposite, it can be scary, especially as you travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The good news is that you don’t have to worry much about crowds.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most people who would otherwise be traveling are canceling plans to stay home.
This means that the airports are beginning to look like ghost towns.
But still, you’re going to encounter people and surfaces that could have been exposed to COVID-19.
So in this post, we’re going to cover a few things you can do if you have to travel during this current pandemic.
Wear your mask
We’re all supposed to be wearing masks in public these days, and there’s never more of a reason than when you’re at an airport or on an airplane.
Don’t think you’re safe when you board.
You actually may be at greater risk in a confined space.
Wearing your mask will provide protection for you and everyone.
And if everyone wears their masks, the plane becomes a safer place.
Be sure your mask sits snugly over your nose and chin and avoid touching it with your hands as much as possible.
Get your documents in order
Any time you fly, you want the process to go as smoothly as possible.
But during this pandemic, it’s even more important.
The smoother your travels go, the fewer people you’ll have to talk to, and that will naturally reduce your risk.
Consider traveling with a copy of your US birth certificate along with your passport and identification card.
Continue your healthy routine
During your travels, it’s easy to slack off on your healthy habits, but it’s more important now than ever to keep up with your routine.
Keep your gut and immune system healthy with probiotics, and consider taking a multivitamin to ensure you’re getting a broad spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals — even if you may not be eating as well as you would at home.
Rely on Hand Sanitizer
You’ll see a lot of people wearing gloves at the airport, but the problem with gloves is that they provide a false sense of security.
Too many people are treating gloves as though they have germ-blasting capabilities.
Gloves simply accept the germs that would have gone on your hands.
And you can still spread germs from your gloves to your phone or to your face through touching.
This is why gloves are only really effective when you’re using them for a short period of time and are hyper-aware of what you touch while wearing them.
Because of this risk of cross-contamination, most people will be safer with simple hand sanitizer.
If you use a few drops of sanitizer after you touch something, you should be able to kill most of the germs not just as you travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic but at all times.
Learn to make your own hand sanitizer.
In some places, like on the security line, you’ll probably find guides to help you distance from the person in front of you.
But remember to keep the same social distance away from people you may be passing while you walk through the airport.
Naturally, you only have so much control over the space between seats, but you may have some flexibility on board.
Because fewer people are traveling these days, you may be able to switch your seat on the plane to provide optimal distancing.
Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can provide some additional challenges, but if you follow best practices, you should be able to retain some peace of mind.