How to plan a trip during Covid is a controversial topic that few will discuss. For some, the idea of travel right now is out of the question. For others, they are traveling, but naturally, they have had to adapt. Before the pandemic, thousands of people had their 2020 plans set. Many of us had fabulous vacations planned to enjoy with friends and family. But the Covid-19 pandemic crushed those plans. However, travel restrictions are starting to be more flexible. Some countries already open their borders again; if you are considering a trip, here is what you need to know about how to plan a trip during Covid.
How To Plan A Trip During Covid
Research Travel Restrictions
Travel is starting to come back up, but the number of countries accepting tourists is few. On top of this, many of these countries have new requirements. For example, some ask for a negative Covid-19 test or quarantining for the first two weeks upon arriving. Add to this that the landscape changes daily, making it challenging to stay on top of requirements. The first step of planning a trip during Covid is to research the open countries and what you will need to enter.
Even if you decide to travel domestically, some states also have their own restrictions. You can check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, where they have a link for each state’s Health Department website. It is important to know the restrictions on your destination because they won’t let you in if you don’t meet all the requirements, and some of the activities you will want to do could be closed.
For example, we were hoping to visit New York during the holidays. New York requires that you quarantine for a minimum of three days, measured from the time of arrival, and on day four, you have to take a diagnostic test to exit quarantine. So, it’s not realistic to attempt this as we would be hotel-bound.
Hotspots can be places where many people go every day and countries where the cases have increased in the last few months. When deciding where to travel, you should research the countries that are already open to tourists. You can check out Harvard’s Covid-19 risk assessment map if you are traveling domestically.
If you are traveling internationally, you can look at John Hopkins Covid-19 resource center to monitor your destination’s cases. Also, when researching what to do while traveling, you should plan for outdoor activities. This way, you can avoid being around large groups, and in open spaces, the risk of infection is lower.
For now, you should avoid tourist places that many people still visit – even if for business purposes. Plan to go hiking, camping, on a boat ride, or any other activity where you will be away from people.
For example, my nephew and I ended up camping in California due to the pandemic. It turned out to be the best social distancing vacation! We repeated this in November by renting a cabin in Georgia for Thanksgiving.
Highly populated cities like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago should really be avoided.
When planning your trip, you should also consider transportation. Depending on where you are going, you have four options: plane, car, bus, and train. Renting a car will always be the best option because you will have less contact with other people outside of the group traveling with you. But in some cases, like when traveling internationally, you will need to take at least one plane.
If you have no choice but to take a plane, bus or train, take all the safety measures necessary. Always wear a mask throughout the trip and have hand sanitizers in your bag. Try to wash your hands every time you have a chance too.
Pack a Pandemic Essentials Bag
To be better prepared, you can pack a bag with the pandemic essentials. A pandemic essentials bag should contain face masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers, soaps, and your health insurance information. If you have any previous condition that increases your risks if you get the virus, you should also include an extra supply of any medication you need.