By Myrah Abrar
Travelling increases the chances of getting Coronavirus, which is why it is best to stay at home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked people to stay at home not only to protect themselves but also others from getting sick.
However, being stuck at home with the kids for months is not an easy feat. Not only is it tiresome, but it also affects our mental health and well-being. Therefore, a vacation MAY not be such a bad.
The question is how to travel while the threat of the deadly virus is still present. Jeffrey Khan, M.D Director of Infectious Disease at Children’s Health℠ and Professor at UT Southwestern, says that with travelling, there always comes risks of getting the virus. So, it is important to think about how you can reduce the chances of catching it.
Never travel during the pandemic:
• If you are sick.
• If you have come in contact with someone with the virus in the last 10-14 days.
• Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
Here are a few considerations before you go on vacation and travel with your kids during this time.
Choose to Travel by Road
COVID-19 spreads with social contact; hence, it would be better to travel by car. Usually, families prefer to travel abroad with their children, however, it’s better to avoid air travel during the pandemic. The virus has made air travel quite uncertain as airlines have to change their schedules last minute. Although air carriers are taking every precaution, it’s not worth it to put your kids in danger. Therefore, travelling in your own car is a safer choice.
Megan-Knapp-Rokey of OASIS Travel Network says that travelling by car is the best way to travel during this pandemic. Dr. Khan further adds that’ while travelling by air, a person has to go to at least two different airports, with people coming in from different parts of the world carrying more chances of spreading the viral disease.
When traveling by car and following the guidelines provided by CDC, you can have a great vacation with your kids and a hassle-free trip. To avoid extra exposure and social contact, take breaks to refuel or use the bathrooms. In case you have to use public restrooms, use hand sanitizers or sanitizing wipes before going in and after coming out.
Collect Information About the Destination
Although COVID-19 has spread globally, research says that it has not affected all regions equally. Places that were safe before may not be safe for you and your children today. Before your family and kids choose a place to vacation, do some research on the destination you’re travelling to.
Consider these points:
• How many people have been diagnosed in that region?
• Are the number of new cases increasing or decreasing?
Also, consider what precautionary measures authorities are taking to stop the spread of the virus. Experts advise parents to avoid going to a place where the number of cases is high.
Choose a Less Crowded Destination
The virus spreads rapidly in crowded places; therefore, it makes sense to avoid a big city or a crowded tourist destination. Smaller cities and less popular destinations are likely to be less crowded, hence more ideal for your family vacation.
There are a few destinations and activities that can help your family and children to stay isolated.
You can try these vacations options:
• Renting a home or cottage near a beach
• Renting a cabin or house in the mountains
When renting a vacation house, the first thing you should do is ask the owner about any precautions or sanitation policies they are considering. Wipe down the surfaces and replace the bed linen with your clean ones. In camping, one has to share rest areas and common rooms, consider that too. The cleaning staff at Carpet Cleaning says that disinfecting bed linens is the first thing to do when you enter your hotel room or a cottage on vacation.
Talk to Your Children About Covid-19
Studies say that social distancing is leading to anxiety and depression, not only in adults but children too. Clinical psychologists advise that parents should talk to their children to alleviate their anxiety. It’s also a good idea to talk to your kids about SOPs and why it’s necessary to adhere to them while on vacation.
Psychologists claim that as a parent, we should give our children information according to their age and intelligence. Providing a safe culture to your children to freely ask questions is the best way to help them feel informed about the uncertainties and feel protected.
Consider What to Pack
This vacation is not going to be like any other vacation; the situation is not as normal as it was before. Stock up on hand sanitizer and wipes before you hit the road. Don’t forget face masks for every member of the family as you cannot enter most places without wearing a mask.
Some shops also may not allow you to enter without a mask. In addition, use disposable gloves when handling gas pumps or doorknobs. Finally, you should not forget to pack medication and a thermometer.
The Coronavirus spreads through social contact, which is why countries around the world imposed lockdowns. People have been stuck in their homes since February to stop the spread of the virus. However, going on vacation is not a bad idea. You can spend most of your time out and release your anxiety. If you plan to go on vacation with your kids, you should take the above precautionary measures to keep yourself and your kids protected.