Your Ultimate Pandemic Road Trip Essentials Guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people stuck indoors, trying to keep away from the virus and stay safe. Since a year has passed and there are vaccine options available, road tripping and traveling safely has become more of a viable option, especially with the increased availability of personal protective equipment

Traveling During a Pandemic

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a tricky subject to broach. Rules and regulations depend on the type of travel and where you visit, and sometimes it can be better not to travel at all. 

However, travel during the pandemic is not impossible. You just have to be careful and keep yourself educated on the current regulations. But, above all, staying in your own country and road tripping in a car, rather than on public transport, is the safest! 

Rules of Thumb

Staying home during a pandemic is preferred by the government, but if you do decide to travel, be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Check travel restrictions of where you’re heading, as some states won’t allow you entry without a negative test, or will require you to quarantine. 
  • Get tested before and after your trip. A PCR test is a better option than a rapid test. 
  • Sanitize surfaces you come into contact with. 
  • Continue to social distance and avoid crowds. Keep a six feet boundary between yourself and strangers. 
  • Wear a mask, even if state laws don’t require it.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. If that isn’t available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Get the vaccine before you go (if eligible).

  • Continue to watch for and be wary of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Above all, if you have any symptoms or test positive, don’t travel! 

Possible Travel Locations, and the Importance of Supporting Small Businesses

Road tripping in your own country can show you new sides of the beautiful place you call home. The United States of America is a large place, with many well-known tourist sites that are well worth a visit, as well as some lesser known hidden gems. 

First, why not take a gander at your own state and visit somewhere you’ve never been to and maybe never considered before! 

Next, take to the great outdoors and get some exercise and fresh air. Maybe visit a national park or two and see some natural wonders. 

Finally, try visiting a little town with big-time charm. Maybe try one where a favorite movie of yours was filmed or based in, or a town you’ve always heard of but never got a chance to visit. 

When traveling, try as much as possible to go to local stores, restaurants, and accommodations. The pandemic has left everyone at a loss, but small businesses have been hit especially hard. A visit from you can do more for them than you think! 

What To Bring on Your Road Trip!

Besides the obvious road trip supplies — snacks, entertainment, water, phone, wallet, keys, and the like — there are a few essentials you should bring with you when considering travel under the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cleaning and Pandemic Supplies

Keeping yourself and others germ-free during the COVID-19 pandemic is of the utmost importance. Cleaning and pandemic-specific supplies are a great way to help with that. 

Curious what to look for? Come visit Hope Health Supply to see some examples of what great care can look like!

Other examples of what to bring are below!

Hand Sanitizer 

When you’re in areas where hand washing isn’t an option, hand sanitizer can be a welcome piece of personal protection, great for warding away germs. Looking for a good hand sanitizer? Why not try our hand sanitizer spray?

Sanitizing Wipes

Many places have taken the pledge to sanitize their stores, restaurants, and other businesses frequently in order to stay open. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry and these wipes can be a quick way to reassure yourself. 

Face Masks

Most states in the USA still require masks at all times when outside and around other people. We recommend a KN95 mask for crowded areas like gas stations and tourist hotspots.

Latex Gloves

Best for use in high-contact areas that could be contaminated: gas stations, restrooms, water fountains, etc. 

Soap

Washing your hands with soap and water frequently is highly recommended by the CDC during the pandemic. It is more useful and beneficial than even hand sanitizer. 

Other Things To Bring

There are other essentials that can be used during a pandemic road trip! Below are some options:

GPS

To get you where you want to go (and to keep you from getting lost)!

Portable Chargers

This is just generally a good thing to have. Car chargers can be finicky and stopping to charge your phone in restaurants or shops is not only annoying, it allows for possible germ contamination. 

Credit Cards, Not Cash

Using a credit card or touchless technology to pay for things can be a great way to ensure both your safety and the safety of the proprietor by not spreading germs with cash and coins, which can be unusually and unnoticeably dirty.

Hiking Boots 

Fresh air and exercise is beneficial to overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, lately it has been difficult for many to access either, blocked by masks and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking a road trip can be a nice way to escape some of those restrictions by heading out into nature and away from other people. Take a hike, get your exercise, and breathe in that fresh air (when you’re alone or with other members of your household). 

Sunscreen

Not today, sunburn!

Hat

A guard against skin cancer and fine lines! Truly a win-win situation. 

Dirty Clothes Bag + Bar of Soap

Dirty socks aren’t exactly the most pleasant smell, and having them all in one place, tied up, and away from your other clothes can only benefit you. Also, the bar of soap can help take care of those socks, underwear, and other small things that need to be washed more frequently. This way you can still have clean clothes, but can avoid laundromats and unnecessary contact with surfaces that could spread germs. 

Lots of Socks

You can never have too many socks. 

Your Pets

Your pets probably need a change of pace just as much as you do, but that’s up to you and what your pet is like. However, it is a good idea to take your pet with you anyways so you don’t have to lodge them somewhere where they could carry pathogens back home to you. If they do come with you, bring a leash and harness, food, blankets - the works!

To Conclude

Traveling during a pandemic can be a scary task, one that may not be suited or available for all. Some people should stay home to protect themselves or loved ones. Others should stay home due to a COVID-19 positive diagnosis or while awaiting a test result. 

However, for those who can travel, we at Hope Health Supply ask that you please travel as safely as possible with cleaning and COVID-19 supplies stocked up. Also, be sure to support local businesses and have fun! 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html 

https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/why-covid-19-testing-key-getting-back-normal 

https://business.ca.gov/calling-all-californians-shopsafeshoplocal/