As more and more people get vaccinated from COVID-19, they will be looking to dust off their suitcases and travel once more. Airlines and hotels have taken additional safety measures to keep guests and their employees safe, but there just like travel changed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, traveling in a post-COVID world might look a little different for a while.

Washington Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing is here to walk you through the five things you should do before you embark on your journey.

  1. Make Sure You’re COVID-Free

With so many vaccination clinics in place, it’s now a little easier to get a COVID-19 test. You’ll want to get a test before you travel, but know that even a negative test isn’t foolproof. You could contract the virus after your test, and false positives have been known to happen. Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19—high fever, dry cough, trouble breathing, etc.

  1. Pack Safety Materials

Make sure you carry an adequate amount of masks, and bring hand sanitizer with you. TSA is allowing you to carry up to a 12-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer on an airplane with you.

  1. Have Adequate Medications

In addition to having all your prescription medication (and try to have at least an additional month’s worth), you’ll want to have pain relivers like acetaminophen in case you contract the virus. This way, if you’re stuck at your destination longer than you expected, you’re not having to scramble to find a pharmacy.

  1. Explore Your Cancellation Options

Say you went through all of the safety protocols, but two days before your trip, you find that you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. As hard as it may be, you should cancel your trip if this happens and go into quarantine. Many airlines and hotels have modified their cancellation policies, but you may want to purchase travel insurance just to be safe.

  1. Tell Friends and Family Where You’re Going

Leave all of your contact information, flight numbers, and hotel details with more than one person you trust back home. This way, people are able to check in with you in multiple ways while the increased risks of traveling are with us.


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