Following three months of gruelling isolation, we are all very eager to get back outside and resume our lives. With a summer predicted to be the hottest in generations, many of us are planning trips abroad and domestically, to celebrate the end of the lockdown.
Now more than ever you must plan your trip meticulously and carefully. There are many places around the world that are still in lockdown, and domestically, many towns and cities are suggested to have much higher rates of infection than others do.
If you are considering taking your children on a trip during this global pandemic, then here are some ways that you can prepare.
Plan Your Trip Carefully
When you are going abroad, or as previously mentioned, on a domestic vacation, you must exert extreme caution. As was briefly mentioned in the introduction, there are still many cities and towns that boast extremely high infection rates. You have likely visited this site to establish what is and is not safe when travelling with your children during this pandemic.
Travelling to any town that is red-flagged is certainly to be avoided. You can see a full list of flagged towns on your local government’s website, and it is advised you check before making travel arrangements.
If you are going to be travelling internationally, then you must make sure you do thorough research into the restrictions in place in the country you are going to.
Some countries will require you to quarantine yourself for a period of two weeks upon arrival, and others may enforce social distancing regulations. Knowing what the proper guidelines are will mean you are not given a nasty surprise post-arrival.
Bring Personal Protective Equipment
Travelling during this pandemic is not recommended, but if you absolutely must, or are going to anyway, then be sure to bring adequate personal protective equipment. Having proper personal protective equipment can prevent you from contracting any viruses and keep you and your family safe.
Gloves and masks are the most important form of PPE, and with everything going on, you should definitely not leave the house without them. Gloves prevent you and your family from transmitting viruses, and masks prevent you from touching your face. The most common method of viral transmission is hand-to-mouth, which by using gloves and a mask, can be prevented.
Avoid Crowded Areas
If you are travelling with children, then it is absolutely imperative that you avoid highly crowded, or densely packed areas. If you absolutely must travel into crowded areas, then make use of your personal protective equipment, and exert as much caution as you can.
The virus is still spreading, and still at an exponential rate. And, while our governments are gradually allowing us our freedom again, we must still be sensible, and still maintain proper social distancing. If you are going into a crowded area, then make sure your children and you keep at least two meters apart from people and avoid physical or direct contact.
The best advice from professional scientists, other than social distancing, is to avoid direct contact with objects and people. Viruses and bacteria can thrive on surfaces, sometimes for as long as weeks. We touch our face at least sixteen times an hour, and if during this hour we unknowingly touch any surfaces, then touch our face, we could be infecting ourselves with a virus.
Avoid contact with people and avoid contact with surfaces. This is the best way to ensure that you cannot become the recipient of any viruses or infections.
Bring Antibacterial Gel Everywhere
Antibacterial gel is a very effective tool to ensure that you do not become infected with any viruses. As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, sometimes touching surfaces is unavoidable, and if you do touch a surface, use an antibacterial gel. Antibacterial gel will kill 99.9% of any germs and bacteria, and scientists have conclusively proven that it can kill the coronavirus.
Be sure to constantly disinfect your hands, and your children’s, before going into your home, or out of your home, or wherever you may be staying during your trip.
By constantly disinfecting your hands, you will not allow viruses to spread on your body, and you will not transmit them to others or yourself. Antibacterial gel stations have been set up in most public places globally for this very reason, and you can derive great benefit from getting into the habit of using the gel often.
Now you know a few ways you can ensure your families safety when you are on the move. Although, the best method of preventing anyone from falling sick is simply not travelling at all. Unfortunately, sometimes that is not possible, however, and when you are travelling, you must exert as much caution as you possibly can.