5 Tips for A Safe Road Trip During Covid
The COVID-19 pandemic is still going strong and holding the entire world in its deadly and tight grip. With so many safety measures and precautions, the most responsible thing you can do is stay home and forget about going on a road trip.
However, if you’re fed up with all that daydreaming from home, and you can’t resist the call of nature that beckons you to take the highway and go for a road trip, further inflaming your urge to roam, know that you’re not alone.
First of all, you should acknowledge that road trips aren’t like other modes of travel. It has the advantage of allowing you to satisfy your need for roaming and still ensure maximum safety and sticking to COVID-prevention measures.
According to a recent study, 68% of travelers prefer traveling by personal vehicles as they feel safer. So, if you’re into going on a road trip during COVID, here are some tips to make sure you stay safe.
Prepare your vehicle before you set out!
Here is an essential thing to think about. You have to make sure that your vehicle is in the best shape possible before hitting the road. Considering that most tire stores, auto repair shops, and gas stations may have limited accessibility and hours during COVID-19. Also, be sure to pack all the essentials you will need, like an HD camera, proof that you are vaccinated (or that you have a negative test), a defender roof rack to store the extra stuff, etc.
If you want to make sure your vehicle receives the proper maintenance, do it ahead of time. Have your mechanic and electrician do all the checks on turn signals, lights, hoses, belts, tires, battery, power steering, coolant, brake system, and oil.
Think about emergency essentials!
Whether you’re traveling now or post-pandemic, there are certain emergency essentials and road-trip must-haves that you can’t do without. Emergency preparedness and self-sufficiency are two essential things to worry about when on the road during COVID.
Here is a checklist of the bare essentials:
- First aid kit
- Five gallons of drinking water
- Jumper cables
- Tire repair kit and spare tire
- New batteries
- Emergency flares
- Waterproof matches
- Non-perishable snacks
- Rags and towels
These are just the bare necessities, and you might want to include a few other things you feel you need.
Don’t forget to bring personal protective equipment!
Never go on any road trip without personal protective equipment. PPE refers to all the essential items you need to protect, clean, and disinfect the health of yourself and everyone else you’re going on the road with. PPE should include a hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, disinfectant wipes, face coverings, and face masks.
We urge you to avoid counting on getting all these necessities on the road. The availability of these items might be scarce where you’re going – it’s better to come prepared than to leave anything to chance.
These PPE items will be handy on the road, particularly at rest areas, hostels, hotels, and gas stations where surfaces such as counters, doors, credit card keypads, and pump handles are touched by thousands of people daily.
Get familiar with all the COVID-19 safety measures in each state!
The main COVID-19 guidelines, like mask requirements, phased reopening, and travel quarantine rules, vary from state to state. You should get familiar with them to avoid paying hefty fines and endangering the health of yourself and others, even more so if your road trip takes you beyond state lines.
It would be wise to determine what measures are valid across different states to know what’s required and where. Involve the following things into your research:
- Find out if the attractions you plan to visit offer limited hours and days when you can visit.
- See if some of the places your plan on visiting require reservations.
- Check the state tourism bureau and state government websites to outline your trip.
- Consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get professional safety advice.
Work on your flexibility
The coronavirus outbreak is a constantly evolving situation that requires an additional effort to adapt and adjust. With COVID-19 safety measures and pandemic mandates changing from day to day, you need to find a way to remain flexible and use what you can to make the best of what you have at hand.
Create an itinerary but try to remain as flexible and open-minded as possible to answer whatever may come your way. In such a situation, the circumstances can shift in mere seconds, so be prepared for everything.
No one can tell for certain how much more this will last, but that doesn’t mean that you should stay home forever. If you keep hearing the call of the road, you should know that you’re free to roam as long as you come prepared. These simple tips should be enough to get you going during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And, as always, remember to stay safe!