With the holiday season upon us most of us are busy making travel plans to be near our loved ones. While some of us are making plans on how to spend the Thanksgiving holidays, others are getting ready to gather around with family and friends to celebrate Hanukkah. Christmas holidays aren’t far off either, keeping the holiday cheer alive.
But, the pandemic has to a large extent put a damper on holiday spirits. Many families are still not sure if they should travel with their kids or should they even travel across the country to be with their aged parents. The risk around children and seniors continues to be high.
With so much confusion and anxiety it’s easy to get stressed. But what if you could follow a few precautions while traveling, maybe you could even cut down the risk of COVID-19, especially now when there is a higher percentage of people who are vaccinated. Follow these 3 tips to make your travel safe and enjoyable.
- Mask Up And Maintain Distance
Whether you’re traveling by road or flying, you need to invest in a high-quality mask, ideally a N95 or KN95 or KF94. Opt for one that fits around your face properly and does not allow air to leak. Fit is critical. Most brands offer a variety of sizes. Make sure you choose the right size, especially for children. It is important the mask fits well and is of a high quality. Masks that leak air cannot provide a high percentage of protection. Along with the right fit and size, the mask should be comfortable enough to be worn for hours.
Just as masking is essential so is maintaining the six feet distance. This becomes quite difficult while flying, but if you can, opt for the window seat. Not only are you a bit away from the constant movement of individuals in the aisle area, you also get better air circulation near the window. When meals are served try eating after most people have eaten. That ways when you eat, most passengers have already masked up. Have your masks and shields ready a few days before you begin your travel so you are not left hurrying in the end.
- Road or Air — Keep These In Mind
If you will be driving to your destination there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you hit the road. Make sure your vehicle has a pre-trip maintenance check. Not only will this ensure you do not waste time during your journey on repairs, but it will also help avoid road accidents. A troublesome car can distract you and cause you to crash into another vehicle or somewhere on the road. Have everyone buckle up once in the car. Keep your Miami car accident doctor’s number handy just in case.
Plan your route before you begin your journey. Avoid areas or roads that could be affected by adverse weather or have the possibility of traffic snarls. Instead leave early to beat the rush. Keep your itinerary flexible so you can change plans at the last minute. Make sure you know the driving laws of the states you will be driving in. Avoid consuming alcohol or drugs if you will be behind the wheel.
If you’ll be flying make sure you reach the airport ahead of time. The queues can cause you to lose a lot of precious time. While packing your bags make sure you pack the right items for the check-in luggage and for the ones you’ll be carrying with you. Not doing so can hold you up at the security check. Be ready in advance. If possible eat and board the plane to avoid taking off the mask inside. Keep your mask on at all times, unless you will be eating or drinking. Use wet wipes to sanitize the area around your seat. Keep sanitizer and clean wipes handy at all times.
- Be Patient; Stay Calm
Travel in general requires a lot of patience and calmness. But in the times of COVID you will need to find some extra patience. Whether road tripping or flying to meet your loved ones, you will need ounces of calmness to handle situations that could flare up if not managed with a cool head.
Airports will obviously be crowded and social distancing quite a challenge. So instead, book flights at off hours, either too early in the morning or late in the evening. Before you leave check the weather. It is normal for flights to get cancelled. If possible have a back-up plan ready.
If you’ve decided to take the road to your destination, there could be enumerable situations that will require you to stay calm and think quickly. But to avoid getting into an uncomfortable situation, prepare in advance all that you can. You will still likely face issues while out on the road, like a flat tire or bad weather. Again, be prepared.
Have an emergency kit ready in your car. Always keep your phone charged whether you have signal or not. Include blankets and warm clothes and have enough water to drink and food items to snack on. Basic tools and a shovel could be added to the car emergency kit. If you’re well prepared, even in an emergency you will not be caught unawares and will be able to think logically with calmness.
We Are There For You This Holiday Season Too
Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan, there is always a tiny amount of uncertainty that remains. Uncertain flight timings, uncertain weather, health, road conditions, laws can all unsettle your holiday plans. That is why in the times of a pandemic it becomes even more important than ever before to make safety a priority in your travel plans. With your safety in mind our car accident doctors in Miami will be ready this holiday season to treat and heal you naturally and holistically. If you or your loved one does get injured in a car accident, have them visit an accident clinic immediately. Never delay evaluation and treatment. You could be doing more harm than good by postponing an evaluation. To know more or to schedule a consultation with our car accident injury specialists in Miami, you can call 305-928-2828 today.