With planes grounded and amusement parks shut down, it’s the perfect year to hit the open road. But before you do, make sure you’re set up for success with these road trip safety essentials
Thanks to the novel coronavirus, even longstanding traditions like the family road trip need some safety tweaks. Keep these tips in mind if you’re hitting the road this summer.
- Skip risky visits. Avoid visiting anyone who’s either been sick or is at high risk for COVID-19. It’s a bummer to skip your great aunt Mary when you’re in her city, but it’s more important to do your part to help keep her safe and healthy.
- Pack personal protective gear. Things like face masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and sanitizing wipes are a must. Stock up (but don’t hoard more than you need!) so you don’t have to go on the hunt for these precious provisions during your cross-country trek.
- Pick your destination carefully. Steer clear of crowded places like amusement parks, high-traffic national landmarks, and enclosed spaces like museums. Use these safety “restrictions” as a challenge to discover new things you’d never explore normally.
- Limit stops along the road. Every time you leave your car, you’re increasing risk—both for yourself and those you come in contact with. Grab all the snacks at once (or use drive throughs) and try to space out bathroom breaks. Whenever you stop, be sure to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before climbing back into your car.
- Know what you’re getting into. Many states have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for visitors. Do your homework before you hit the road to make sure you don’t violate any state’s orders to protect its citizens.
It’s important to note that the CDC recommends staying home over any kind of travel. But if you’re not going to stay home, check out the CDC website for more tips about how to travel safely (by plane, train, or automobile) during the pandemic.