Ten Tips For Safe TravelTravel
We leave for the UK THIS WEEK! This season has been full of change and uncertainty. Like many of you guys are experiencing, Mad unfortunately lost his job earlier this month. He worked as a music agent in touring in the entertainment industry which has come to a screeching halt and likely won’t be back until there is a vaccine. It’s been a month of navigating finances, emotions and wondering what’s next. And while we don’t have all the answers, as a family we’re staying thankful for the good that has come out of a hard situation.
Due to this recent change, Mad’s been able to come onto Happily Grey to lead the launch of a new brand (hoping that we get to share more on that soon!). And with more flexibility, we decided that now more than ever, it felt right to take this trip as a family.
That said, traveling can be hard to navigate right now. It’s something you guys have asked me a lot about since the beginning of COVID, and I don’t know that there’s a right answer. You have to do what’s best for you – taking into consideration your risk, the risk of those you love and your own comfort level.
For us, we’re taking every pre-caution to do this as safely as possible – not just for us but for others as well. So important to me having been a nurse, and ESPECIALLY as a mom. Thought I’d share some of my tips with you guys below!
Side note – a lot of you guys are asking about asking about our system for traveling with Navy. Here’s what were’ using…
- Pockit Stroller – I packed this in my carry on – it’s amazing. It’s 10lbs and folds into a small square…so convenient!
- Car Seat – We’ll gate check this so we can have the carseat in the UK, but we bought the travel cart so she can ride in through airport in her carseat.
- Travel Cart – This attaches to Navy’s carseat so she can ride through the airport without having to lug around her carseat and a stroller…super easy and inexpensive!
1. Wear a Mask
The CDC says that wearing a mask can significantly decrease the spread of the virus AND your chance of contracting it. Having been a nurse, I’ve been paying close attention to source control…because COVID travels through respiratory droplets, mainly among people who are in close contact with each other, a mask can serve as a barrier. We’ll be social distancing as MUCH as possible too while traveling, but having this extra layer of protection is super important!
2. Keep Disinfectant on Hand
I always have a travel size sanitizer I keep in my purse for quick access – make sure yours is at LEAST 60% alcohol. I also bought a few travel size packs of Clorox wipes to clean high-touch surfaces at the airport and the plane…seats, arm rests, tray tables. Most airlines are doing deep cleans in-between flights, but it never hurts to take the extra pre-caution :). Also, it’s helpful to know that the virus and other germs aren’t as easily spread on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes.
3. Pack Your Snack(s)
The trouble spots for traveling by plane are actually in the security lines and terminals rather than the plane itself. One of the precautions we’re taking is to pack snacks to hold us over between flights…trying to avoid standing in a line at the food court!
5. Look for Empty Terminals
This is one of the best tips a friend gave me for flying these past six months! If you have a layover or are waiting on your flight, look for an empty terminal nearby. Not only is it easier to social distance, but fewer people will have come into contact with that area.
5. Know Your Travel Destination
This is something Mad & I have spent a lot of time doing. We’ve closely tracked the spread of the virus in the UK, and made sure we are up-to-date on travel rules and restrictions. Based on current regulations, we’ll be self-isolating for 14 days in the English Countryside.
6. Avoid the Middle Seat
Thankfully, most airlines aren’t allowing the purchase of a middle seat to promote social distancing – but if you’re on a flight when that’s not the case, look for a row where there is at least a seat difference between you and the person next to you. If you’re able to, it might be smart to purchase the middle seat to ensure that space.
7. Rent a Car
Because we’re flying, we plan on renting a car once we get to the UK to avoid public transportation.
8. Bring Cleaning Supplies
We’re staying at an Airbnb when we get to the UK to self-isolate. Most Airbnbs and hotel have a strict cleaning regiment, but we plan on disinfecting all the high-touch surfaces again once we get there!
9. Contactless Pay
We do this at home too! Both Mad and I have Apple Pay on our phones so we avoid handling any cash, and when possible, credit cards. AND it works outside the U.S. so it makes the change in currency seamless.
10. Avoid High-Risk Activities
We’re self-isolating for the first two weeks of our trip, but I’m looking forward to that dedicated family time laying low. That said, we still plan on avoiding any high-crowd places and doing as much outdoors as possible even after the 14 day quarantine.
*These are my tips for traveling, but please THIS article from the Wall Street Journal was helpful for other information on safe travel!