Travel is Back: What Precautions Should You Be Taking?

By The Vault Team

As Americans continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19, more people are feeling ready to return to a beloved pastime: traveling. 

But the rise of Delta and other variants has given many would-be travelers pause: Is it really safe to travel yet? How can I protect myself and my family?

Bottom line is: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel safely. But there are precautions you can take that will help make the trip safer and less anxiety-ridden. 

Whether you’re taking that long-awaited vacation or traveling to see friends and loved ones far away, here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe and prepared:

  • Do Your Research. Before confirming your travel plans, check to see what restrictions (if any) your destination may have—especially if you’re planning an international getaway. Keep in mind that the CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated. What’s more, if you’re booking an international trip, you will have to get tested at least three days prior to your flight’s return to the US, regardless of citizenship status.

  • Mask Up. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on all planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation—especially when physical distancing isn’t possible. Whether you prefer disposable or washable masks, plan to bring a mask for every day of your travel, just in case. And if you’re vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19 due to age or existing health conditions, consider bringing an N-95 mask or double masking in areas of high exposure.

  • Get Tested After Arrival. Though testing upon arrival is a destination-based requirement, if you’re planning to visit immunocompromised friends or relatives (including anyone over the age of 65) when you arrive, it’s important to get tested beforehand to protect them. Last year, we were the first company to offer an at-home FDA EUA authorized saliva test for COVID-19. Since then, we’ve leveraged our testing technology to help travelers stay safe and comply with government regulations. Now, we’re helping travelers get tested in the comfort of their hotel or home from domestic and international locations. To learn more about our international testing program, visit this page.

  • Find a Hotel that Prioritizes Safety. When researching hotels and other lodging options, make sure that wherever you book has marketed enhanced cleaning procedures, social distancing measures, masking policies, and/or infection protocols.  

  • Wash Your Hands Often: At this point, we all know the advice by heart: limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, including handrails and elevator buttons, and when you can’t avoid them, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward. Make sure to have one small container of hand sanitizer per person with you on your travels. If you’re traveling by plane, TSA allows up to 12 ounces (or 350 milliliters) of carry-on hand sanitizer.

  • When Driving, Plan Your Stops. Not everyone is ready to get back on a plane. If you’re planning to travel by car, map out your route and plan your stops ahead of time. Making fewer stops and preparing meals ahead of time can help limit your exposure while on the road. 

We understand how welcome the return to travel may be, which is why we’re proud to help travelers like you get where you need to go safely. 

Think Vault can help you with your travel testing needs? Check out this page to learn more.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for general information purposes only, does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be relied upon for medical diagnosis or treatment.  If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 or contact a medical provider immediately.  Consistent with Vault Health, Inc.’s website privacy policy, Vault Health, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content found at links to other websites.  The content of this article represents the views and opinions of the individual author.

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