The year that seemed to never-end, 2020, is finally drawing to a close. Since travel restrictions have eased around the country people are going out for socially distanced vacations. If you are planning a winter trip, you might want to check out these travel tips for every stage of your holiday.
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Who are you Travelling With?
- No matter who you are travelling with, everyone should ensure that they are wearing a mask at all times. Also be sure that you are sanitising their hands regularly. Seek medical care early if your child has a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other symptoms of COVID-19
- Travel with elderly persons or persons with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and asthma should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. You could also get a health check-up done before and after the trip and carry a heart rate monitor and check blood pressure of persons at risk regularly during the trip.
- If you are travelling solo or with a friend, follow the travel safety tips like staying 6 feet apart and sanitizing regularly especially if you are in a crowded area.
How Are You Travelling?
- Before going to any location, you should check about the travel restrictions there. Be prepared for last minute cancellations as situations could change quickly at any time
- Flights might be a safe mode of public transport since the air inside the plane is filtered to keep out contaminants. It might be better to fly with airline services that block the middle seat.
- If you have a vehicle of your own it is obviously safer, but try to avoid too many stops on the road trip by carrying your own meals.
- While travelling by bus or train, it becomes all the more necessary to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid touching any surfaces as far as possible by using online payment and touchless trash cans.
What Are You Packing?
- In these times, it is always safer to carry extra face masks in your luggage along with hand sanitizers.
- You could also carry disinfecting wipes to clean your seat and any other surfaces you come in contact with.
- It is better to travel light and try not to unpack your luggage to prevent unnecessary contact with contaminated surfaces.
- You can carry a kadha made with Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin)
- You might also want to take chyavanprash, turmeric milk, herbal teas or other immunity boosters along with you to keep you healthy during your holiday.
Where Are You Staying?
- While choosing a place to stay it might be better to choose an option that is away from crowded areas. And it might be a better idea to spend more time within your hotel/homestay or choose to visit less crowded areas.
- After you arrive at your destination make sure you have a bath and change your clothes before touching any other surface even if you are feeling hungry.
- Most hotels have updated their safety precautions to keep up with the pandemic, but it still helps to check the safety precautions before booking.
- If you are choosing a homestay, the host has to ensure you get a sanitised room, but you can take individual steps like cleaning your bags, cell phone and laptop with disinfectant wipes too.
While the idea of a much-needed new year holiday might seem perfect right now, it would be safer to spend this holiday season at home. You could host a New Year’s Eve party online with close friends and even cook up some healthy sweets at home with amazing recipes from our blog articles on nutrition.