7 Ways to Travel Safely During COVID-19

by Kroger Health Staff

Last Updated: April 14, 2020

While most of us are under stay-at-home orders, thousands still need to travel for business or personal reasons, such as essential meetings or family emergencies. So, whether you are driving, flying, boarding a bus or a subway, Kroger Health has some advice for staying safe if you must travel.
  1. Travel Considerations
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a list of things to consider before you decide to travel. For instance, is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? Will you be in close contact with others during your trip? Do you have chronic medical conditions that put you at higher risk? Be sure to think through these questions as you determine your travel plans.
  2. Packing
    No matter where you are heading, you’ll probably need to pack for your trip a little differently. To arm yourself with all the tools you’ll need, you should pack disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes, and a cloth mask. You should also pack some food, and if you are not traveling by plane, some beverages. Also, be sure to bring a debit or credit card so you have a contactless method to pay for whatever you may need.
  3. Sanitize Everything
    Don’t touch any surfaces without sanitizing them first. In restrooms, use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. As always, remember the principles of proper handwashing (20 seconds, hot water, vigorous scrubbing).
  4. When in Airports
    Airports are empty and stores and restaurants in the terminals are closed, so you need to bring your own food. You’ll probably want to bring an empty water bottle to fill up once you get through security. Remember, the gate agents, TSA agents and flight attendants that are required to work are likely stressed and frustrated, so be patient and courteous. While on the plane, maintain social distancing and don’t forget to use hand sanitizer and wipes in the bathrooms and on the plane.
  5. In a Hotel
    Many hotels are closed, so confirm your reservation before you depart. Once you arrive, use your own disinfectant wipes and wipe down anything that a previous occupant many have touched – tabletops, light switches, phone, TV remote, doorknobs, and faucet handle are just a few suggestions. In addition, the top-layer bedspreads probably aren’t laundered in between each guest, so it is best to remove those from the beds as well.
  6. When In a Car
    Plan for your trip and research your route before you depart. Remember, there likely won’t be as many conveniences along the way, as restaurants are closed in most states. Therefore, it is smart, and potentially essential, to bring your own beverages and foods. Be sure to pack disposable gloves to use when filling your gas tank. On the plus side, with so many stay-at-home orders, there will likely be fewer cars on the road.
  7. When You Arrive
    When you arrive at your destination, you should self-quarantine for 14 days so you don’t unintentionally transmit the virus to someone else. Even if you feel healthy, you could be a carrier of COVID-19. If you start experiencing symptoms, be sure to follow the CDC guidelines as to what to do next.

Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of its publication. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-evolving. We are working to keep our stories up-to-date as changes occur, but we also encourage everyone to check news and recommendations from the CDC, WHO and local authorities.