While pandemic lockdowns are slowly starting to ease around the globe, the Coronavirus has had a serious impact on people everywhere. From employment concerns to a wavering global economy, there’s a lot of uncertainty that’s impeding people from making life decisions like moving or travelling.
With that said, it will still possible to travel safely. It will take proper planning and precautions. As long as you’re willing to be proactive and take preventative measures, you will still be able to have fun or move around the country without putting your health at risk.
Safety Protocols to Vacation or Move During Coronavirus
Identify the dangers
The most important thing to understand is that the Coronavirus is generally being spread from person to person. The virus is most commonly being spread through the air, but it can also live on surfaces for two or three days.
As far as dangers go, that paints a pretty clear picture. Being in crowded places is highly dangerous, as well areas that aren’t being sanitized regularly. Before you begin the process of actually planning a move or vacation, it’s important to make sure everyone involved knows that socially distancing and having sanitizers on hand will have the biggest impact on everyone’s health – including your movers or fellow vacationers.
Planning your move during Coronavirus
Moving days are usually pretty set in stone, especially when you’re moving long distances. The nice thing is that most moving companies are taking proper precautions already; their staff is wearing masks, they’re sanitizing their trucks and supplies, and you can generally feel pretty comfortable that they’re doing the right things to protect your family.
The variables in this scenario will be things like the packaging you use to box your things, as well as any stops the movers make during their trip to your new home. Since the virus can live on surfaces, it’s best to use brand new packaging materials as you pack your things. You will want to order all of your supplies online. Once the moving day comes, having extra masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers will be a great precautionary step to take. Aside from that, the best thing you can do is to simply get out of the way; socially distancing during the move will keep both the movers and your family as safe as possible.
The moving company will sanitize your belongings before they go back in your possession, so there is nothing to worry about there. When in doubt, they’re a great resource if you’re uncertain on what you should do. From normal moving questions to sanitization issues, it’s important to consult with your movers throughout the process.
Planning your vacation during Coronavirus
We all plan our vacations differently. Some like to take trips impulsively, while others schedule their nearly a year in advance. Depending on if you’ve already booked a condo or short-term rental the first step may simply be to see if the booking is still reserved. Due to the shutdown in some areas, these bookings may be in flux.
So what sorts of vacations are the safest at the moment? They’ll be the ones where you’re going to be outdoors. Studies are starting to show that the Coronavirus doesn’t spread nearly as well outdoors. That bodes well for visits to the beach, for example.
With that said, social distancing is absolutely crucial. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid high-density hotels and instead rent a house or something like a condo. It’s a great way to limit too much contact and give your family the ability to let their guard down a bit.
When it comes to getting to your destination, driving yourselves is going to be the safest. Airports are doing a much better job of limiting the spread of the virus, but driving should be your first choice if the drive itself isn’t too bad. The only way vacationing is safe right now is if you drive to your destination.
As for choosing activities, it’s always important to keep social distancing in the back of your mind. The vacation should primarily be about enjoying the outdoors, if possible. If you limit your close-proximity contact and you always keep soap and hand sanitizers available, you can greatly reduce your chances of coming into contact with the virus.
As society is slowly beginning to open again, it’s important to realize that this pandemic is manageable if we all do our part. The key is that we can do our part while also living our lives to the fullest. As long as you take the time to plan effectively, you can move homes, vacation, or travel for any other reason without being afraid.