As most traveling happens in public spaces, it made sense for many to want people only to do essential travel during Covid 19. However, after almost two years of Covid, many who put off traveling have decided that life must go on. I wholeheartedly agree, and while there is no absolute way to avoid Covid, there are some precautions we can take to minimize our risks. Here are five Covid traveling tips I think help minimize your risks while traveling.
There are many reasons people have for choosing to or not choosing to take the Covid vaccine. Everyone is entitled to their choice and opinion, and I respect that choice, whatever it may be. I realize that there may not be a lengthy body of research on the vaccines and their long-term effects, but pausing my life as I did in 2020, is no longer an option. I have always lived a life of taking risks and slightly different choices. The Covid vaccine is simply another one of those choices for me.
Choose a window seat.
Before Covid, my preference was always for an aisle seat. I like the ability to move around at will without having to disturb my seatmate. However, in an aisle seat, you are exposed to everyone who passes by you. The aisle seat gives you more exposure to people who may be sick. A window seat allows you to be more distant from the majority of airplane passengers.
Use the overhead bin.
As somewhat of a germophobe, the thought of putting my purse on the floor is disgusting. Putting your things on the floor exposes you to more germs. The airline may have wiped down the seating area before you got on, but I know for sure the floor has not been sanitized.
Sanitize your seat area.
For many sanitizing wipes has become the norm, and they are not only useful for your hands. Seatbelt buckles, armrests, headrests, tray tables, and screens are all places that the passenger before you have touched. Be sure to sanitize them, as you can never be 100% sure it was done for you.
Wear your mask.
To me, this is a no-brainer, but unfortunately, it’s not too many passengers. Many travelers seem to get into a sense of total relaxation during travel. I know masks are uncomfortable, but in addition to the benefits of filtering out the air, it prevents you from touching your nose and mouth with your hand. The same hand that’s been touching the very public seat you’re sitting in. Additionally, it is a federal mandate. No matter what airline you travel on, it is guided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It’s not possible to eliminate all the chances of getting sick on an airplane. But taking steps to lessen your exposure can be done. Traveling is a part of life and may be necessary. As with all travel, travelers should stay informed and plan accordingly. I hope these tips help. Let me know. Subscribe