Planning to travel during the Corona pandemic? Be it travel by air, by road or by train, these travel essentials will make sure you stay as safe as possible.
COVID-19 is here to stay. As the lockdown was lifted due to economic reasons, this dangerous virus is still lurking out there, affecting thousands of people. It is our responsibility to try to minimise this outbreak by staying at home.
Traveling during these times is not at all recommended as it might increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. You may not have the symptoms, but still you might spread the virus to your loved ones. Hence, you need to be very cautious not only for your sake but also for your loved ones.
If your work or other situations require you to do a lot of traveling or you are facing an emergency where you have to rush to a place, you need to be extra cautious. Following proper hygiene and guidelines laid out by the health agencies is the only way to keep yourself safe.
Things to carry during your COVID-19 travel
Here are a few things that are an absolute must when travelling during the pandemic.
1. N-95 Masks
These are the most basic yet the most essential thing to carry during a journey.
I know you prefer the fabric masks. Even I do!
Fabric masks are a good option when you are just going around your home. But not when using public transport. Considering that you come in contact with a lot of unknown people when you travel, it’s better to use N-95 masks.
N-95 masks protect the wearer from airborne particles and also from the droplets that can potentially enter the human body through mouth or nose. N-95 masks make it difficult for the virus to penetrate through several layers.
It’s good to carry a couple of them, so that you can change them when required.
2. Face Shield
A face shield is a simply curved plastic or a plexiglass panel. It provides complete protection of face from dust, spray, saliva and other droplets. They act as a barrier to keep yourself from touching your face.
Because they cover your entire face, they provide an extra layer of protection from the Covid-19 infection. You don’t normally need it if going around your place or travelling by a car. However, if travelling by air or train, it’s good to have it.
3. Hand Sanitiser
Hand Sanitisers with at least 60 percent alcohol provide instant germ protection. Sanitiser is a household name now being regularly used not just for outdoor use, but indoor use as well.
When travelling you would need them more because you won’t have the privilege of washing your hands as frequently as you can do at home. Having a hand sanitiser and using it before and after touching common surfaces or objects will kill the virus. Thereby, protecting you from this dangerous epidemic.
Do check for the allowed quantity when travelling by air.
4. Sanitiser Spray
Sanitiser sprays are easily affordable and are the most recommended safety items by the government and medical experts.
It’s not convenient to wipe off surfaces with a sanitising liquid or gel. Sprays may it quick and convenient. Don’t forget to spray the surfaces you’ll be in contact with, especially the handles, seat belts, seats and most importantly the toilet seats.
5. Sanitiser Wipes
Sanitiser Wipes are useful to sanitise items that you often use, such as plates, places you sit, and also your hands and face.
Using these sanitising items while traveling, you can stop preventing viruses and hence restricting the outbreak from your part.
6. Toilet Seat Covers
If you are on a long journey, you’ll definitely need to use a public restroom. The best way to use a public restroom would be to spray sanitise it and use a disposable paper toilet seat covers.
This would avoid a direct contact with the commode seat.
7. Disposable Bags
Use disposable bags to dispose off masks, gloves, tissues, and any other items as you used during your travel as proper disposal of such items is an absolute necessity.
Tips to make your travel during COVID-19 safe
Here are some quick tips to help you out:
- The first rule is NOT to travel with someone who is sick or exhibiting similar symptoms. Avoid physical contact like shaking hands with anyone.
- Maintain a proper distance between you and the others as much as possible. In other words, maintain social distancing by not traveling in crowd.
- Always wear a mask and have a sanitiser with you while traveling.
- Use face shields, if using public mode of transportation.
- Sanitize your hands after coming in contact with a frequently touched surface like door knobs, elevator buttons, and also currency coins/notes. Note that COVID-19 also spreads through currency notes and is one of the most common forms of spread in India.
- Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands right away. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth often.
- If your trip does not involve lodging at a place for more than one day, it is preferable to take prepared food and water.
- If your traveling requires you to stay in a hotel, prefer a hotel that has good feedback. Do ask the management to put you into a room that has been vacant for at least 24 hours, which has also been properly sanitized by the management. Maintain social distancing in the waiting area and prefer online payment to avoid the risk of getting infected or spreading the virus through currency means.
- Make sure that you always carry a first aid kit for emergencies.
Essential tips to help you with travel via different modes
Depending on how you are planning to travel, here are a few tips for you:
a) Air travel
If you’re using airways to travel, try to make sure you place your boarding passes on the scanner and hold them up for inspection. You should do this rather than handing it over to the airline staff out there and then receiving them back. In other words, try to make minimal or no contact while carrying out formalities.
b) Car trip
While preferring a car trip, make sure you make the least number of stops as possible. Use face shield and sanitiser at your stop points and also at refuelling points. Before leaving from the checkpoint where you have decided to stop, sanitise your hands, and the car steering with sanitiser wipes.
c) Public transport
If you travel by bus or train, make sure you distance yourself from others as much as possible. It’s because sitting within six feet of others for a longer period might put you at a higher risk of getting or spreading the virus. Try not to let others handle your luggage. Sanitize your hands and your luggage before and after using public transport.
Follow these tips and carry the listed items to stay safe. Stay alert and be aware of what you touch.
We wish you very happy and safe travelling!