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UR Quick Guide to travelling safely during COVID-19


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Are the mystic mountains, snowy valleys, deep blue seas and sandy beaches beckoning you? Travel connects people to Nature. It has a magical and magnificent effect on the mind and body. It also heals the senses. Unfortunately, travelling to far and interesting places and exotic lands with the Covid-19 pandemic is quite far-fetched and could also seem challenging. But it is still possible! You can safely indulge in rich travelling experiences once again but only if you follow some mandatory precautions. Here are some essential tips if you’re planning on taking a trip to one of your preferred destinations.

Firstly, avoid travel if either you or anyone in your family is sick and has symptoms of Covid-19. Also, ensure none of you have been in close contact with a Covid-19 patient in the past two weeks. Those in the high-risk category (senior family members and those with other medical issues) should not travel in present conditions. Also, avoid travelling to destinations where there is a high number of Covid-19 cases. Additionally, don’t plan visits to meet your friends or family members who are highly susceptible to the disease.

What mode of transport is safe in COVID-19?

Fully sanitized personal vehicles like car/jeep is the most preferred mode of transport. Keep minimal touch points during the travel. Don’t halt at crowded places. And choose serene, quiet locations.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, taking a flight is far better than taking a cruise. Aircrafts are sanitized every time, before take-off. Also, several flight providers often offer a complete PPE (personal protective equipment) kit including body cover, face shield, pouches of sanitizer and mask to every traveller. This helps maintain safety amid passengers.

Thirdly, ensure reading the set of instructions issued by governments of each state or country before booking your tickets and planning your trip. This will enable you to pre-plan properly.

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What kind of attire is travel-friendly in COVID-19?

Coronavirus can survive for different time periods on different surfaces. While it survives up to three days on plastic or steel, it lives only a few hours on other surfaces. Choosing proper attire determines the amount of contact you have with the virus. Experts suggest covering your body to a maximum extent.

Women can opt to wear trendy jumpsuits or long frocks that will not only look cool but will also cover the skin in a better way. On the other hand, men can wear long track pants, full-length capris or Chinos.

Also, ensure the attire of your choice is breathable. It should be soft and comfortable on your skin as well.

Thirdly, choosing clothes that have pockets will enable you to carry sanitizer and tissues easily.

If soap and water are not available to clean UR hands, use a hand sanitizer, which is at least 60% alcohol. Experts agree that good old-fashioned handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best defence.

What kind of food is preferable for travelling?

Good nutrition is an important aspect of self-care to be able to deal with the stress related to this pandemic. Dietary supplements like vitamin C and vitamin D and zinc can help to boost your immune system. Foods such as fruits and vegetables, alternatives of fortified milk, seafood, low-fat milk, lean meat, nuts, seeds and legumes are some of the best sources of all these vitamins.

Beware of consuming large quantities of dietary supplements as these can cause some ill effects, especially if you have existing health issues. Talk to your doctor or dietitian if you are going to combine or substitute these supplements with your foods or other medicine. Nutritious foods eaten in the right quantity is important for overall health and well-being. So ensure you don’t compromise on your eating habits while travelling. Here is a list of foods you should strive to consume even if you are away from home.

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  • Fruits and vegetables: Keep up your fruit and vegetable intake. These contain essential nutrients to keep the levels of essential vitamins and minerals high. High protein food is preferable. It strengthens your immunity—which is essential during this pandemic.
  • Mixed nuts and seeds: Nuts are healthy and provide energy. These are also easy to eat and carry around. Pack a variety of nuts for change in flavour and choice.
  • Packed salads and smoothies: Salads and smoothies are a rich form of blended veggies and fruits. These can be put in a cooled glove box while travelling by your own vehicle.
  • Light refreshments: Avoid beverages which are filled with sugar, caffeine and aerated drinks. Keep it light, simple and healthy.
  • Home-made food over outside food: If your travel destination is not too far, prepare home food and pack it well. But if you’re ordering outside food, remove the outer packaging carefully.

Lastly, don’t forget to wash your hands every time, before you eat. Keep your plates and spoons clean. Carry disposable ones for convenience.

Essential tips to eat safely at airports

See that the food you get is from a place that keeps it covered.

When food is left exposed, it becomes easy for germs and bacteria to breed there. So when you’re getting food from the airport, ensure the food is not only packed well but hot too. The servers should maintain strict hygiene and should be wearing gloves, masks and maintaining a healthy distance. Be alert at all times and you too don’t forget to wear a mask and gloves.

Choose a secluded place to sit and eat.

Avoid crowded places and opt for a place far from everyone else. This way, social distancing will be maintained. Also, use a sanitizer to wipe down the table and chair you are using to disinfect them and to avoid chances of contamination.

Pay for your food online instead of paying with card or cash.

Currency notes can be contaminated. So try to restrict money transactions via digital platforms. This will reduce your contact with other people and ensure your safety. It’s a good thing that almost all food outlets in the airport accept digital payments.

Avoid choosing raw foods like salad bowls.

When eating from out, avoid opting for foods that are raw. These foods are known to be more contaminated and harmful. Choose foods that are cooked or processed as there is a reduced risk of contamination when you eat these kinds of foods. Popcorn is a safe snacks option for vegans while travelling.

Food from the food court in the airport should be avoided.

When left with no other choice – opt for the food served at the food court. It would be much safer to eat at a restaurant or carry your own food. But if you have to eat from the food court then ensure you follow the safety precautions mentioned above.

Must-have items to carry in your pouch during travel

  • Use sanitizer frequently, wash UR hands with soap and water any time you can.
  • Carry safety gloves with you if you know UR going to touch a lot of surfaces, buttons and doors while UR travelling.
  • Use and throw tissues to clean the surfaces of contact.

Things To Do While UR Travelling

  • Keep your passports and other essential documents handy for travel. Sanitize the outer covers with care.
  • Maintain at least six feet distance from people, wherever possible.
  • Wear a face mask to cover both your nose and mouth completely. Do not take it on/off several times.
  • All your personal items such as mobiles, car keys, pens and Bluetooth, headphones should be sanitized from time to time.
  • Good hygiene, such as washing UR hands regularly should be diligently followed.
  • Arriving early at checkpoints is a good idea, as screening and checks during the pandemic takes more time.
  • Continuing to do immunity building exercises is important. You can take out a little time in the morning for yoga, breathing exercises and meditation. Meditation is helpful because it improves mindfulness. Even a 10-minutes morning routine can help you feel fresh and confident during travelling.
  • Limit shopping sprees because you will need to sanitize all of your purchases too.
  • Change your clothes if you’ve returned from a crowded, public place. Sprinkle some sanitizer on them and pack them in a separate bag.
  • Opt for digital payment over cash. It reduces human touchpoints.
  • Keep two separate bags during travel; one for used clothes and one for un-used clothes.

Don’t do this when you travel

  • Don’t remove your mask in public places
  • Don’t forget to pack your essential medicines for the entire trip
  • Don’t drink unhygienic water; opt for Ro water bottles
  • Prevent large social gatherings during your trip
  • Don’t leave the doorknobs un-sanitized
  • Don’t cough or spit in the open
  • Don’t touch your face unless you’re sure your hands are clean
  • Safety tips for disposing of your face masks
  • Keep a bunch of masks with you. The moment you leave the airport, dispose of them in the yellow-labelled safety bin placed by the airport authorities. If you are travelling in your personal vehicle, dispose of the masks in a closed bin as soon as you find one.
  • Secondly, don’t touch the front area of the masks while removing them. Use the straps to take them off carefully.
  • If it’s a cloth mask, you can consider washing it with soap.
  • If it’s a surgical mask, clean it with sanitizer and leave it outside for an hour or two.
  • If it’s an N-95 mask, put it in a zip-lock cover and re-use it.

Other useful tips

  • If you’re using public transport. Opt for early morning departures. This is because the buses, trains and aeroplanes are disinfected the night before.
  • Don’t forget to carry extra gloves, masks, hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes that have at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wipe the immediate areas of the train, aeroplane or bus on which you are travelling. This includes the tray tables, seatbelts, armrests, light controls, seatbacks, window shades etc.
  • If you are planning on renting a car – ensure you sanitize all the touchpoints like the gears, steering wheel, mirror, window/door handles, control knobs etc.

Final tips to keep in mind

  • Book hotels and cottages that strictly follow the covid-19 regulations. Speak in advance with the hotel agents to ensure safety measures are carried out effectively.
  • Home-stays are an alternate lodging option.
  • Prefer open areas with good ventilation over cramped up rooms and spaces.
  • Prefer stairs over the lift during your hotel stay.
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs while meeting new people.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • If you feel someone is sick, avoid getting near them.
  • Carry minimal bags with you when going out, to reduce the touchpoints.
  • Prefer a standing posture over sitting or lying, wherever possible.
  • Intimate your family doctor about your travel plan, and follow the precautions prescribed.

Travel is a time to relax. Don’t let the pandemic mar the joy of exploring new places. Keep yourself safe so that everyone around you is safe. Just follow the extensive list of checkpoints shared with you and you will remain safe at all the times. Unleash the wanderlust in you to make this winter a happy one!