I think we can all agree that after the past year, many people throughout the globe are beginning to feel the desire (and for people like me, the need) to get out of their homes to relax and enjoy the vacation they have so long craved and missed. I define time for relaxation not just as a luxury, but as a human necessity. Everyone needs to be able to go, but their work email away, hang up the tool belt, or take off the uniform and pursue leisure activities that are meaningful and fun to them. This could be visiting an amusement park, checking out historical sites, or laying under an umbrella with your feet in the sand.
While travel is beginning to boost and with the world getting a bit back to a “new” normal, we can begin to think about partaking in some of our old-time favorite activities yet need to keep a few things in mind. As I began booking my next trip, I did a deep dive into the internet to find some cool tips and travel hacks that make sense now more than ever. If you know me, then you know that I love to share some of my favorite findings with my favorite readers (that’s you).
Keep reading to find some of the best pieces of advice, and if you like what you see or have some additional tips that our readers would love, feel free to share them with us by connecting on social using #SharpHome on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Always Make Sure to Have an Extra Mask on Hand
This one may seem like a no-brainer given the climate of the world, however, it is important to note that even though mask mandates and government restrictions are beginning to be relaxed or lifted, a requirement of a face mask is still in place for public forms of transportation. This includes airplanes, trains, busses, and even airports. According to a press release from the US Transportation Security Authority, widely known as TSA, the mask requirement that was originally set to expire on May 11th has now been extended to September 13th. Even if you are traveling locally, keeping a few on hand still may be a good idea.
Are you tired of buying face masks or can’t seem to find one that matched your vacation fashion fit? Check out this Simple DIY Face Mask To Create at Home blog post to make the perfect mask catered to you.
Check International Travel Restrictions
Before you go booking your next Caribbean getaway or your dream Parisian vacation, I highly recommend that you double-check restrictions as some parts of the world are still facing the harsh reality of heightened COVID-19 cases. Through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can find this helpful and inclusive guide on how you can find which destinations are best and right for you. The list is constantly being updated and is ever-changing, so you may want to keep checking back up until your departure date. There may be certain testing procedures or proof of a vaccination required before departing on your flight or crossing border points. Keep your COVID-19 vaccination card just as close to you as you would your passport.
Now head on over to your safe (or wherever else you keep your important documents) and dust off your passport. Your boarding process awaits!
Make a Quick Safety Kit to Bring With You
If I learned one thing when traveling or on the road, it is that expenses add up quickly. In fact, I recently stayed at a hotel and saw that they were charging $7 for one face covering when I buy a 50 pack online for $10. With demand for essential products increasing, I can only imagine what the prices will be at top tourist spots and destinations. With that, it may be wise to put together a little essential kit according to “Stamford Health“. Some of the following items should include:
- Hand Sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
- Cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces (wipes work the best)
- More face masks
- Medication in case you develop COVID-19 symptoms
- Additional food and water (this could help limit restaurant or rest stop expenses).
I’m all about having a good time, but doing it safely and more budget-friendly makes it even more enjoyable.
Follow the 3 W’s
While it can be very easy to revert to old ways as we begin to have fun and rejoice in our newfound traveling freedom, it is still important to remember to follow safety protocols and protect others who may be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. From this chart on Prevent Epidemics, we can #KnowCOVID and follow the protocols of:
- Wear a Mask
- Wash Your Hands
- Watch Your Distance
Enjoy your summer getaway and don’t take it for granted. Following these safe and inclusive trips, this will for sure be your best one yet.