Traveling Safely: A Guide to Travel during Covid-19
Figuring out how to travel safely can be confusing right now. Maybe you need to travel to an alternate home, to provide an essential service, or for another important duty. Each state’s guidelines are different, and it seems they’re changing every day. One thing’s for sure: if you need to travel, it’s important to take all precautions possible to avoid getting infected or infecting others.
If you are sick or are immune-suppressed, limit travel. It is recommended by the CDC that staying home is the best way to protect yourself. However, if you must travel to do essential services or visit family, here are some guidelines to follow.
Make a plan
It’s never been more important to plan your trip in advance. Depending on the state you’re traveling to, you may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after your arrival. Check these restrictions before you travel and make accommodations as necessary. If you’re driving by car, plan your route more than you usually would. There may be temporary closures you should be aware of. Also, book your lodging accommodations at least a few days in advance to avoid getting stuck without a room. And while you’re packing, don’t forget to include face masks, plenty of sanitization supplies, water, and food.
Some hotels are offering contactless check ins, and this is something valuable to take advantage of if possible. If you need to book a hotel room, disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched when you get there. This includes door knobs, light switches, desks, tables and remote controls. If you’re staying for more than one night, you can minimize contact by requesting no maid service throughout your stay.
You’ve heard this before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Keeping your hands clean is crucial, whether it’s through washing your hands or using hand sanitizer. Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces such as your phone, laptop, car wheel, and keys. If you’re going on a road trip, it’s not a bad idea to bring disposable gloves to use at gas pumps. You can also minimize cash payments by using your credit card at the pump.
Whether you are traveling by land or air, food options are not as abundant. With fewer restaurants open and less hours, it’s not a bad idea to have non-perishable food with you available to minimize your stops and interaction with others. However, drive-thrus are open for the most part if you need to get food during a drive. If you are traveling by air, keep in mind that many food service options at airports are limited and plan accordingly.
Types of travel
On the road
Traveling by train or bus is not recommended because of the close proximity with others. Driving by car may be safer, but you should be mindful and sanitize when stopping at gas stations or drive-thrus. If you have an RV, you may be able to travel with less stops and therefore minimize contact with people.
While travel outside the U.S. is very restricted, travel within the country is still happening. Flights aren’t as busy as they usually are, but they’re still operating and many people are traveling. A major difference is that both passengers and employees are required to wear face masks. Additionally, food and beverage services are now limited on most airlines. Keep all these factors in mind before booking a flight.
A private helicopter charter may be your best option if you’re traveling from the New York area, or if you need something delivered. As part of Governor Cuomo’s essential infrastructure, we are able to continue operating and are available to provide on-demand air transportation. Instead of boarding a plane with several passengers, your pilot will be the only other person on your helicopter flight. Helicopters are sanitized before and after each trip, and (optional) headsets are throughly disinfected.
Whether you need to fly to your alternate home, need anyone or anything delivered quickly, we are here to help. Read more about the safety measures we’re taking, including those related to Covid-19.