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Hi lovelies! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! I am soooo happy it’s Friday and I’m even more happy to be staying home this weekend and relaxing. I love traveling, but it sure does take a lot out of you! Especially when we weren’t as used to it this last time and we would have been in the past.
Speaking of traveling, I wanted to get on here today since I’ve received some questions since our trip this past weekend regarding traveling and how we felt traveling at this time. With COVID-19 still being a huge danger all over the world, especially in the United States, we wanted to make sure we were taking every precaution possible when we traveled on this last trip. I wanted to put everything in this post that we did that made us feel safe as well as some tips and pointers if you find yourself traveling any time soon.
1. WEAR. YOUR. MASK.
First and foremost, make sure you’re wearing your mask. This is not only for your safety and others around you, but it’s also required right now on all flights and in all airports. I thought it was going to be hell to keep it on for the duration of the airport, flight, etc, but it really wasn’t bad at all. We had it on for about 10 hours the first day going to Florida and for about 8 hours coming home. (ALSO, make sure you’re wearing your mask OVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH. We saw so many people with their masks not covering their nose and our airline actually would not let you on the flight unless you had it covering your mouth AND nose.)
2. Wipe Your Seat and Armrests
I wanted to make sure I felt comfortable when we were flying so I brought disinfectant wipes (I linked these on Amazon, but if they are sold out by the time you try to buy them, I also found that some stores in the airport carried little travel packs of Clorox wipes.) onto the plane and just wiped down my seat and armrests before I sat down. The flight attendant made sure to tell me that they were sanitizing all planes in between flights and spraying down everything, which made me feel good, but I just wanted to go the extra mile and take my own precautions as well. I also saw many other travelers doing this as well, so it wasn’t only me!
3. Don’t Crowd People in Line
When standing in line at security, to get on the plane, or to get food or something else at the airport, make sure you’re keeping your distance between people. Even if you’re comfortable getting closer to people, that doesn’t mean they are. We had some people try to get RIGHT BEHIND US in line and I had to ask them politely to please back up and maintain distance. They were very nice and respectful and I know they didn’t mean anything by it, but it could have been avoided if they were following the signage that was posted everywhere.
4. Refrain from Touching Your Face
This was one that was hard for me to do, but I wanted to make sure I was doing my best to avoid touching my face. If you know me, you know I have bad allergies and am almost always messing with my eyes, nose etc. However, while I was traveling I refrained from touching my face and if I had an itch, I would sanitize my hands with hand sanitizer before and after touching my face to avoid spreading any germs to myself or anyone else.
5. Sanitize Your Cell Phone and Other Common Items
Make sure if you use your cell phone, Kindle, laptop, etc, you wipe it down and sanitize it after using, especially if it touches a surface at the airport or on the airplane! I actually read this in another post all about tips and tricks for traveling during COVID and thought it was genius! Personally, I think cell phones are gross in general; I mean just think of how many germs are on your cell phone! Add a pandemic into the mix and it’s downright NASTY. I would recommend carrying some disinfectant wipes with you and just wiping down your phone before/after using it, especially if you are talking on it and putting it up near your face.
So there you have it! Those are my top tips for traveling during a pandemic. I don’t see COVID going anywhere anytime soon, so I think this is a new norm we will all have to adjust to and do our best to keep ourselves and each other safe.
It’s inconvenient, it is. I get that.
But I would rather take a few extra precautions than risk bringing an illness to my family, friends, coworkers, and/or loved ones. I would do whatever it takes to keep the people near and dear to my heart healthy and safe and I know I’m not alone in that! So do your part friends and make sure you’re staying safe out there.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend friends. Until the next post, Xx.