We lived through an epic pandemic and now people are gearing up to travel, at least by car, putting an end to the fatigue after months of isolation. Traveling in a post-COVID world is not going to be the same and border management authorities are setting new safety rules and restrictions.
Below are 5 items you need to carry when you travel to keep you and others around you healthy even after the pandemic is over.
A trip can come to a screeching halt if you become ill. Make sure to protect yourself and others next time you travel or go on a road trip.
Always carry these 5 things in your car
1. Face Masks
Face masks are perhaps the most crucial item you can use to resist the spread of deadly illnesses. You can purchase various sorts of masks starting from N95, surgical face masks, to KN95 respirator masks. You can also stitch your own cloth masks with multiple fabric layers using your sewing machine. Before you put on the mask, it is essential to know how to use a mask safely.
A mask itself may not be enough to stop you from getting ill. However, it gives you extra protection especially when you go indoors or are in a large crowd.
2. Disinfecting Wipes and Spray
Many people unknowingly spread illnesses by coughing, exhaling, and letting infected droplets land on people or surfaces around them. Germs are known to survive on surfaces from two hours to seven days. It’s always important to disinfect all the surfaces that you and your family members may touch.
Carry a pack of disinfecting wipes when you travel and wipe down all the surfaces you need to touch. When you are in the car, shift all your luggage onto the roof rack and clean the interiors with antibacterial sprays.
Don’t depend on your hotel’s cleaning staff to make sure your room is safe from germs. Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces in your room, especially in the bathroom.
3. Hand Sanitizer
Your hands will come in contact with many surfaces when you travel so frequent washing of your hands is an effective way to keep yourself safe from germs that will make you ill. Hand sanitizers are affordable, easily portable, and don’t require water to wash your hands.
CDC suggests carrying hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. Before you buy any hand sanitizer, check the ingredients in the product. You should avoid using hand sanitizer containing methanol, which has been labeled as a toxic element when absorbed through the skin.
A dry cough, fever, chills, and a sore throat are sure signs you may have an illness. It is essential to keep an eye on any symptoms you may be experiencing or if you see anyone around you who may have them.
Carry a thermometer in your purse or car when you travel and always take your temperature if you feel hot. Infrared thermometers let you measure the temperature from a distance. If you use mercury ones, have separate thermometers for each person.
Tissues are essential items to have in your car or purse when you travel. Always use them if you have to cough or sneeze. You may also use them to hold or pick things that you won’t like to touch such as money, TV remotes in hotels, and even boarding passes.
Always dispose of your tissues safely so that others do not have to touch them. After you sneeze or cough, always wash your hands with soap water or use hand sanitizer. Carry separate packs of tissues for each of your family members so that they can use them instantly when they sneeze or cough.
What do you carry in your car when you go on a road trip? Please leave a comment below.