With borders slowly reopening, the prospect of travel is becoming more and more likely towards the end of 2021. But once thing is for certain, there will be many policies and procedures in place going forward with international travel. Are worried how you can travel safely during the Pandemic?
It’s understandable that people are worried to travel overseas at the moment. But did you know that most aircrafts are fitted out with High-Efficiency Particle Filters (HEPA) and that that means over 99% of airborne microbes are captured in the filtered air? So in actual fact, travelling by air isn’t as big a risk as we previously thought.
Of course, given the number of people flying and the close proximity of people on a flight, so it’s important that we learn how to travel safely during the Pandemic.
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How To Travel Safely During The Pandemic
1. Educate yourself
Make sure you know what restrictions are in place in the country you are travelling to. Whether you are required to quarantine upon arrival, and for how long, if so. Will you need to quarantine once you return to your own country.
A lot of countries have also intruded the need for a negative PCR test, either before getting on a flight or as soon as you land in the airport.
Check the airline’s current procedures and guidelines. Are they practising social distancing on the aircraft? There may be baggage restrictions, depending on where you’re travelling to. Or perhaps people over a certain age will not be allowed to travel.
Contact the hotel you will be staying at to see what sanitation procedures they have put in place.
2. Get to the airport early
With the policies and procedures in place during this pandemic, I suggest getting to the airport an hour earlier than you normally would. There will likely be extra precautions taken and queues may be moving slower than usual.
3. Request a window seat
Especially for longer flights, I recommend requesting a window seat, towards the middle of the cabin. The reason I suggest a window seat is because you will have less contact with people passing through the aisle. And if you are towards the middle of the cabin, you will come in contact with fewer people as the washroom is located at the front and back of the cabin.
4. Bring supplies with you
You should plan to bring the following items with you in your small carry on bag:
Mask – Be sure to have an effective mask, such as KN95 / N95. You will be wearing it for a few hours so having a mask that fits comfortably will be a bonus.
Food & Water – Does anyone actually like plane food? I tend to bring food with me on a flight anyway. And if you want to avoid contact with unnecessary items such as food trays, etc, I suggest bringing your own food and water with you.
Hand sanitiser and wipes – obviously there is no chance of completely avoiding contact, especially with passport control, security, boarding, so have your hand sanitser at the ready. When you find your seat, wipe down your tray table, window blind, seat belt, armrest and tv screen, if you’re lucky enough to have one!
5. Take shorter flights
A longer flight will likely have you needing to use the washroom and just stretch your legs in general, which means more contact with others. If possible, try to take shorter trips to avoid this.
I hope these tips are helpful if you’re looking to travel safely during the Pandemic. Have you had to travel recently? What was your experience when flying? Let me know in the comments below.