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Precautions for safe Travel Outdoors

More individuals are stepping outside and onto a plane, train, or automobile thanks to immunizations and a greater understanding of the new coronavirus.

It is always important to know how to travel securely, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever. It can be difficult to know what to do when it comes to travel these days, with a constant stream of new variations and fluctuating COVID-19 case counts.

We've revised our travel safety rules to help you safely satisfy your wanderlust. During the days of the coronavirus, we included special advice on how to protect yourself and your fellow travelers.

Before you Go

Travel safety begins even before you step out the door. Planning sets you up for travel safety success, from making sure your house is secure to brushing up on current coronavirus regulations wherever you're traveling.

Before you go on vacation, be sure your home is secure.

To prevent potential burglars, make your home appear occupied even while you are not there. Burglaries are more likely to occur during the summer months when most of us are on vacation. And criminals know when your house is empty is the greatest moment to strike.

Before you hit the road, here are several security measures you can take.

  1. Tell a neighbor about your trip. Request that they keep an eye on your property and notify you if they notice anything unusual.
  2. All of your windows and doors should be locked. Don't forget about the garage doors and windows on the second floor.
  3. Mail and newspaper delivery has been halted. A stack of mail and newspapers, as well as garbage cans left at the curb, indicate that no one is home. You can halt delivery temporarily by contacting your newspaper carrier and the US Post Office. Also, get a neighbor to bring the garbage cans in.
  4. Hire someone to assist you with yard work. No one is at home if the lawn is overgrown or the sidewalk isn't shoveled.

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  5. Check to see if any yard tools need to be stored. To gain access to your home, you can use a ladder, rakes, and even patio furniture.
  6. Don't announce your vacation intentions on social media—if a burglar sees your post, your home could become a target.

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Examine the current state of coronaviruses and their limitations.

Traveling increases your chances of contracting COVID-19 and infecting others. Allow the coronavirus to not spoil your vacation.

To reduce your risk while on vacation, take these actions before you depart.

  1. Examine the current state of the coronavirus. Check to see if coronavirus infections are spreading where you're going and where you're going. This can assist you in determining the risk you pose to others, as well as the risk they pose to you.

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  2. Examine the restrictions on coronaviruses. Check to see if there are any visitor restrictions in the city, county, or state where you'll be visiting. Some countries require COVID-19 hotspot visitors to self-isolate for up to 10 days, in addition to smart behaviors including social distancing and wearing a mask or other facial covering.

  3. Take a test. The CDC recommends a COVID-19 test one to three days before you travel if you're seeing people who are at high risk for serious illness or if you aren't completely vaccinated.

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  4. Stock up on necessities. Be careful to stock up on hand sanitizer and face masks. We recommend keeping face covers, sanitizing wipes, and hand sanitizer in a ziplock or other reusable bag. If you have to remove your mask, you won't be able to throw it in a pocket or purse. It also allows you to sanitize your hands without having to touch everything in your luggage.

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