How to Safely Do a Road Trip During COVID-19


With a pandemic raging you may be thinking that your days of doing trips are over. Nothing could be further from the truth, you can still do road trips. 

Road trips are a great way to get out of the house with the family and have an adventure in a time where travel is so limited. However, while you can go on a trip it is still important to be smart and safe about it.

Here is a look at what you need to do to safely take a family road trip.

How Safe Is It?

If you are driving straight to your destination there will be less danger. However, if you are going to be stopping for food, gas, and bathroom breaks you may come in contact with infected people and surfaces.

The best way to avoid stopping too much is to stock up before you hit the road. The more supplies you have upfront the less you will need to stop.

Road Safety Tips

Public restrooms may be closed. However, you may be able to find a restroom at gas stations or fast-food restaurants. This is not a guarantee which means that whenever you get a chance to use the restroom you should.

Check your accommodations online ahead of time this will ensure that you choose a facility that has proper measures in place. If you have the option it is always better to camp especially if you can’t find a hotel at your destination that has protocols that you are comfortable with. 

If you do end up staying at a hotel bring your own pillows and pillowcases and make sure you have clean sheets with you. If you decide to go with a campsite then you should pre-book. It may be necessary because campsites need to know how many people to expect.

Make sure that you read up on restrictions in the areas that you need to cross ahead of time. Restrictions can change rapidly.

Rest along the way, tiredness is one of the main reasons why accidents occur. The last thing you want is to have to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer because you were so tired you got into a fender bender.

Know Your Route

One of the best things you can do is to study your route ahead of time. Once you know where everything is then you will not have to look at a map as much. The fewer distractions you have the safer you will be.

Download Maps of any area you will be traveling to so that you don’t have to be online all the time. If you lose signal you will not have any trouble accessing your maps. Make sure that you always have paper maps available for easy reference as well.

Time to Have Fun

Now that you know exactly how to go about preparing for your road trip it’s time for you to prepare to have fun. A road trip during COVID-19 can be safe as long as you take the right precautions.

Don’t be afraid to hit the road once you have set everything in place.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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