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Executing a Successful Road Trip During the Covid-19 Pandemic in 5 Easy Steps

Covid-19 has made staying indoors the norm, with many people scared to venture outside their doors for fear of contracting the dreaded virus. However, as more information about the virus is shared, travelers are regaining confidence as well. With more careful planning, venturing outdoors within local or international roads is making a come back. Although the risk of covid-19 is still real, planning a fun road trip can be a great getaway option with your vehicle providing a lot of safety benefits during these times. If you are tired of staying indoors, follow these steps to execute a safe and successful road-tripping affair. Let’s ride! 

Step 1: Check Your Road Trip Vehicle

Traveling by car has its own set of dangers resulting in a car crash every 24 seconds. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip ahead by checking it together with a trusted mechanic or car service. If there is anything that needs replacement or repair, make sure it is done before the leaving date.

Some of the key areas that must be checked are:

  • Tires
  • Battery
  • Brakes
  • Water
  • Coolant
  • Oil
  • Lights
  • Wipers

Also, it is critical to carry tools and extra items such as duct tape, engine oil, wire rolls, spark plugs, zip-ties and similar. If your trip involves going off-road, ensure that all the accessories needed to get you out of difficult situations are installed in the vehicle.

Hiring a vehicle is also another option for road tripping during the pandemic. However, it is important to rent vehicles from companies adhering to the laid down health protocols. Do some online research on websites that provide information on their cleaning procedures and other policies introduced to ensure customers are safe. When traveling as a group, consider booking a larger vehicle to keep in line with social distancing rules.

master the route
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Step 2: Master the Route

Plan your entire route to the smallest detail possible before the date you are to leave for the road trip. Inquire ahead to confirm if there are any restrictions at your final destination and where travelers need to quarantine as soon as they arrive.

Learning the route will reduce stress and inconvenient situations you might end up during the times when everything is changing fast. Therefore, with a firm plan, don’t forget to follow news and updates every day. Mastering the route ahead will also decrease the time spent looking at the map while driving and other distractions. Make your trip as hassle-free as possible. It will be more fun!

It is also important to map out sites that you plan to visit and attractions that are a “must-see.” Are popular sites or attractions open to the public during the pandemic? If yes, are there any restrictions that have been put in place because of the pandemic? Try to ensure that these landmarks have taken into consideration the necessary measures to keep visitors safe from contracting covid-19. If possible, avoid sites that are known to attract large crowds at your preferred destination. Upon arrival, respect restrictions at the destination, such as wearing a mask or keeping a distance. After all, catching the virus will not only put your health at risk but can ruin the whole trip and preparation process.

bikes on a bridge
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Step 3: Pre-book Accommodation or Stay Outdoors

If you are going for an overnight trip, consider looking for accommodation in a hotel or Airbnb that adheres to laid down health protocols. Planning makes it possible to ask questions concerning their cleaning policies, disinfection periods or refund possibilities in a case of cancellation.

Go for hotels that offer contactless options when it comes to room keys and payment options. Also, carry sanitizing wipes that you can use to clean high traffic and high-touch areas such as door handles, light switches, and shared bathrooms. Although most hotels launder bedsheets after every guest leaves, this may not be the case for bedspreads and throw pillows. If you are uncomfortable using hotel linen, consider carrying your sheets, pillows, and quilt that you can take with you later on. Get confirmation on whether they require guests to wear masks on the premises as well.

Besides booking a room at a hotel, you can choose to go camping instead as part of your road trip adventure. Staying outdoors reduces the chances of contracting the virus from others or shared surfaces common in hotels. If you decide to camp on a road trip, one of the most convenient ways to do it is with a roof top tent.

tops of trees
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Step 4: Eat Outdoors

Road trips always involve stopping along the way to stretch your legs or find a fast-food joint or restaurant to eat. However, with covid-19 still spreading rapidly, it is a perfect opportunity to be more outdoors and maybe even cook in nature!

It is advisable to pack ready-to-pack drinks and snacks to eat along the way. Consumption of packed meals minimizes contact with other people and makes sure you get to your destination safely.

In cases where you have no prepacked meals, it is important to dine cautiously. If possible, ask to sit outside to minimize the risk of getting the virus. Outdoor seating is the best because of the airflow, which limits exposure to other diners. If you prefer not to sit down at a restaurant, you can order take-out or buy food from a drive-through. However, we encourage you to try outdoor cooking which is an adventure in itself! For the ultimate experience, light up a bonfire and watch your food become as crisp as that nature’s air. Items such as all-purpose hatchet should Covid-19 has made road trips a bit riskier and more challenging. his lead to having a post-travel Already thinking about a second trip? but fun all the same for those that follow the laid down protocols. Although you may have been putting on your mask, maintaining social distance, and regularly sanitizing during the trip, it is important to stay indoors and follow the same rules when you get back. Once home, make sure to re-organize your items and clean them as well. do the trick.

camping on the beach
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Step 5: Have a Post Road Trip Plan

Covid-19 has made road trips a bit riskier and more challenging. his lead to having a post-travel Already thinking about a second trip? but fun all the same for those that follow the laid down protocols. Although you may have been putting on your mask, maintaining social distance, and regularly sanitizing during the trip, it is important to stay indoors and follow the same rules when you get back. Once home, make sure to re-organize your items and clean them as well.

If possible, avoid contact with family members and others for at least two weeks and monitor your health. Check for any symptoms of covid-19 such as fever, breathlessness, fatigue, and coughing during that time and seek medical advice if needed.

Overall, the future of travel is set to change with covid-19. Having a successful post road trip plan will allow you to hop on to the next adventure without any issues.

darts on a map
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Conclusion + Additional Tips

These steps will be your most essential ones to embark on a successful road trip during the pandemic. But before we go, we want to add more additional tips for you to consider and remember. They are an important part of any trip out there.

  • Check travel insurance for Covid-19
  • Don't forget a first aid kit
  • Stock up on water and fuel for fewer stops
  • Have offline maps and paper maps just in case

Now, combine everything, plan it out and do it the smart way. Beautiful adventures are still out there, all we need to do is put a little bit more effort into it. Safe travels!

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