What a roller coaster ride 2020 has been for most of us! Covid-19 pandemic has impacted millions of people around the world in a way or more. As the lockdowns ease down all over and travel slowly resumes, here is a quick checklist guide to all the things you can carry along to make the most of your travel and be safe at the same time. In these testing times as economies around the world get affected, so did the mental health of many. Panic and fear of travelling or being in crowded areas is totally understandable but you can make the most of your next holiday, here’s how.
There have been considerable debates around the usage of masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the latest article where CDC (Centre For Disease Control & Prevention) Director in US states that masks/face coverings are an important “weapon to slow and stop the spread of the virus.” Masks as a standalone are not the sole prevention but if used with other practices such as washing of hands with soap frequently, maintaining a distance of 6 feet, they can be highly effective. Either healthy people can wear a mask to protect themselves from the outside virus or people with symptoms should be wearing a mask to prevent the spread of virus to others. Carrying a mask for travel is only a wise idea considering the fact that you will be surrounded by communities and large groups of people. Here are the dos & don’t of using masks as prescribed by WHO which must be practiced for masks to be effective.
2) Hand Sanitizer
Pandemic or not, we as humans do not realize the number of times, we actually unknowingly touch public surfaces that also come in contact with hundreds of other people (holding escalator handles, doors, leaning hands against glass surfaces etc). Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and use it frequently especially if you aren’t unable to wash your hands for longer periods of time. Before consuming food, Post using restrooms, using public transport are certain situations that will require you to sanitize your hands.
3) Disinfectant Wipes & Spray
Disinfectant sprays are most effective when you are cleaning the surfaces around you. Your gadgets such as mobiles, cameras, phone chargers will be exposed to the environment more than others and so to frequently sanitize them is a must. These wipes and sprays can be used before using public restrooms and if you are resting your hands in public areas. Here are some options of disinfectant sprays that you can order online for convenience.
4) Mini First Aid Kit (With Thermometer)
To have basic medicines in a first aid kit on your travel for fever, motion sickness, headaches, common cold, allergies and medicines for individual medical conditions is a must. You may not have the access to specific medicines in certain areas that you are traveling in. A digital thermometer will help you keep a check on your own temperature if you are feeling unwell without the hassle of rushing to medical shops or facilities. Other items that you can include in your first aid kit: Bandages, Crepe bandages, eye drops, antiseptic solution, Aloe Vera soothing gels, water purification tablets, antibiotic ointment, scissors and medical tape.
There is no straight evidence that states that multivitamins cure or help in prevention of diseases. But since traveling involves visits to various geographical locations and you might find it difficult to get wholesome meals at all times during the travel schedule. The best scenario would be to already have consulted with your doctor regarding any deficiencies that you might have in the body. There is no alternative to eating a healthy balanced diet and a stress free lifestyle but certain days require more.
6) Travel Insurance
Well, insurance is not all white and black, at the most it is definitely grey for a common man to understand. All companies in various countries providing travel insurance will have different rules in their policy so it is imperative that you go through the entire policy along with its exclusions and inclusions as per the trip you are planning. Do take your time with this one and don’t just hastily avail it or ignore it because travel insurance comes in very handy for international trips, medical evacuations, loss of baggage/medicines etc.
7) You Own Water Bottle/Mug
Carrying along your personal water bottle and mugs can prevent the multiple contacts that you would otherwise have. There are also filter water bottles available in the market that provide you with consumable water if you are traveling to remote areas. By practicing this not only will you be safe but you will also be traveling responsibly and reducing the damage being caused due to high use of single-use plastic bottles and mugs around the world.
There are endless lists of reasons for why you should be carrying tissues with yourself during travel at all times. Go for mini cotton travel compressed towel tablet tissues which you can buy here online on amazon. You can simply dip these into a tbsp of water and they will turn into wet cloth texture disposable tissues without taking much space in your luggage. Get simple dry pocket tissues online here.
9) Original & Scan Copy Of Your Documents
It is my most used and constantly used tip to scan your important documents and mail them to yourself as well as store them in your phone. It is essential that you carry photocopies of the most important IDs and your passports with you at all times. Your documents are as important as your digital and cash money. No travelers are immune to unfortunate incidents such as theft or misplacing your documents. For health documents, there are various distinct requirements that various States and districts are putting out for travel. For instance if you are traveling to Uttarakhand, you can be asked to produce a hard copy of negative Covid-19 report.
10) Hand Soap/ Paper Soap
Washing your hands and keeping them off your eyes and mouth is the most effective prevention measure against Covid-19 and other viruses. It is only a good idea to carry a hand soap along with you. But if you are a 90s kid from India you know about paper soap which our parents carried during the travel journeys. However, you can buy the newer versions of the paper soap in the market now which is organic & also does not leave any residue behind. These paper soaps are a great alternative to the hand sanitizers and perfect if you are travelling to remote areas or residing in hostels.
11) Do Your Medical Research
A research done well before your travel comes in very handy while you are traveling. Read in detail about the the basics such as best things to do, must eat at places, transportation and hotels. Alongside, do a reasonable amount of research on the medical facilities in the destination that you will be traveling to. The distance and reach-ability of the medical facility from where you will be residing for the tenure of the trip. Read especially about the facilities that that are devoted to Covid-19 patients to stay well informed.
Before we sum up the checklist, simply remember that you should only travel if you are asymptomatic and do not have even the slightest symptoms similar to those of Covid-19. It is advised best to get a Covid-19 test done before you travel even if the destination does not mandate on one. Please do not travel if you are sick for your safety and the safety of others. If all corners check and things go your way, have a great holiday! You deserve it.