Safety Tips To Follow While Travelling During Festivals
The pandemic has changed the world in more ways than one. We have been working from home, celebrating birthdays at home , shopping from home thanks to the internet. Though, things are now pretty much unlocked. We all know as long as the virus is there, things will not be as normal as they used to be. However, as the festivals are nearing, we all crave to visit our families or relatives. The good news is you can go and celebrate the festivals with your loved ones as the lockdown measures are being relaxed in a phased approach. Though, restrictions vary states to state, depending on the level of Covid-19 infection. No matter whether you are travelling by road, train, or air, having Aarogya Setu on your mobile is compulsory.
Here we have rounded up some safety tips for you to travel safely. Read on to know how you can safely make it to your desired destination this festive season.
Road Travel Safety Tips
Road travel is considered a safer alternative than wandering through an airport. Though, this mode of travel become risky once you step out of the car. To prevent the spread of the infection, you always have to stay updated and take necessary precautions to stay safe.
1. Pack wisely
Our roads are already covered with dust and pollution. On top of that, now we have a fatal virus to deal with. That’s why it’s essential to keep this in mind while packing your luggage. Don’t stuff your bags with things that you wouldn’t even need. Apart from sufficient clothes, carry extra scarves and cover-ups. Also, keep detergent sachets and bottles of disinfectants handy. Keep washable sandals or slippers with you because only regular cleaning can keep the virus at bay.
2. Stock up on essentials
Buy disposable tissues, quality sanitizers, and gloves. Also, pack some packed-food after you have sanitized them properly for snacking. Carry ample drinking water with you for the road and re-fill at hygienic places only. This will help you cut down on your visits to restaurants / dhabas on the way which can be risky because we can’t be certain if the roadside restaurants are following hygiene and safety measures. Also, do not forget to wash your hands (at least for 20 seconds) before eating. Use separate bottles, spoons and plates while eating on the way. Because this pandemic has taught us that sharing is not always caring. Now the current situation is about – ‘if you care, don’t share’. Also, use hand sanitizers whenever you leave the vehicle or come back.
3. Sanitize your car before hitting the road
First things first, wear gloves and a mask. Use alcohol-based wipes for cleaning the dashboard, steering wheel, seat belt buckle and gear shift, since these are the most-touched surfaces in a car. Avoid cleaning the same surface twice with the same wipe as this may infect the clean surface. Don’t forget to clean all the surfaces, including seats, ceiling, windows, etc. Also, consider getting your car fully serviced before you start the journey.
4. Mask up
When you travel by road, you come in contact with other travelers and local folks. Thus, it becomes important to take certain precautions. Make sure you are wearing a mask at all times and changing it every 10 hours while travelling. Carry enough masks to help yourself and even your fellow travelers. Also, avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with fingers. If you feel itchy, make sure to use hand sanitizer before scratching.
5. Safe hotel stays
Hotels are risky, as well. But if you are on a long road trip, resting is important. Before you book a room, ask them about cleaning and disinfecting procedures of rooms. Some hotels are keeping rooms empty for 24 hours after a guest leaves, which can help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It would be best if you inquired about that too before booking any room.
6. Go digital
Cash changes hands frequently. This makes it an easy carrier of the virus. So, it’s better to make digital payments as much as possible. It minimizes physical contact between you and the vender. Plus! You get attractive cashback or vouchers on some apps – digibank is one of them.
Apart from these safety tips, be equipped with the details of the nearest hospitals, emergency numbers, and Covid-19 testing centers. Be extra cautious when your Aarogya Setu app alerts you of infected people near you. Be updated about quarantine guidelines if you are travelling to a different state.
Air Travel Safety Tips
According to the WHO, the risk of infection on an aeroplane is quite low as ventilation systems on planes provide a total change in air 20-30 times an hour. The risk of infection on an aeroplane, therefore, comes mainly from direct contact with infected persons or surfaces that he/she has been in contact with. This is where the following safety tips will come in handy.
1. Prepare an inventory kit
Ensure your inventory kit contains essential things like hand sanitizer, gloves, disinfectant wipes, tissues, and enough face masks. These will help you prevent contact with germs and viruses.
2. Practice social distancing
Spending time in security lines and airport terminals brings you in close contact with other people. Hence, practicing social distancing is of utmost importance. In terms of food and retail outlets within the airport, try not to touch common surfaces when you are buying things and maintain the recommended 6 ft distance from the staff. Always try to pay using digital options.
3. Mind the touch
Limit your contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as ATMs, check-in machines, escalators, etc. Nowadays, people prefer getting their boarding pass from the machine as it saves a lot of time. If you also do the same, don’t forget to sanitize your hands properly after using the machine. Similarly, avoid frequent usage of your phones and wallets. Also, wiping them with disinfectant a couple of times a day is important.
4. Clean your surroundings
Before you take your seat, disinfect areas like the back of the seat in front of you, armrests, tray table, etc. to avoid contact with the virus. Using tissues while touching surfaces that many others may have touched is also a good way of protecting yourself. Once you are done with the tissue, dispose of it responsibly.
Now coming to the most important safety tip – Avoid travelling if you are not well. Only protecting ourselves from the disease is not enough. We should also prevent ourselves from spreading it. Wait for at least 24 hours after you have completely recovered from fever before stepping out. If we all work together then only, we will be able to ensure everyone’s safety and combat the virus.