Travel Precautions

For safe travel, follow the same guidelines that you follow when you go out in your own home area.  These COVID-19 precautions work no matter where you are or what you are doing.

General Safety

  • Social Distancing (staying 6’ or more away from others).
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

 Fly or Drive?

  • Drive to your destination if it is 8 hours or less away, planning your stops every 2 or 3 hours.
  • If the drive would take longer, flying is likely safer, but try to limit the number of connecting flights.  You minimize risk when you shorten your travel time and avoid transiting through different buildings and airplanes.

Air Travel

Air Safety:  Most viruses and germs do NOT spread easily on flights because of airplanes circulates and filters air.  Between flights, airplane cabins are scrubbed down with anti-microbial disinfectants. 

Masks:  The CDC and FAA guidelines help airlines prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Thus most major airlines in the USA require crews and passengers to wear cloth face coverings.

Social Distancing:  Some airlines are cordoning off middle seats or limiting the number of passengers, to make it easier to socially distance; these include including Delta, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, Frontier and JetBlue.  Still, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others in an airplane, This is why most airlines require passengers to wear masks during the entire flight.

Food & Beverage Service:  Airlines have curtailed in-flight food and beverage service in order to limit contact between customers and crew. Wear your mask the entire flight, except for when eating or drinking.

Cleaning & Disinfecting:  TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has increased cleaning and disinfecting equipment and surfaces at checkpoints. If you haven't flown since the pandemic began, you'll notice these changes:

  • TSA officers practicing social distancing as well as wearing masks and gloves.
  • TSA officers changing gloves after each pat-down.
  • Plastic shields at document checking podiums, bag search and drop off locations
  • Due to fewer travelers, there are fewer screening lanes open.

 Car Travel

  • Plan to make as few stops as possible but stop driving if you become drowsy.
  • Pack cloth face masks and hand sanitizer to use during your trip as necessary.  Place them in an easily accessible spot.
  • Prepare food and water to take on your trip.
  • Pack cleaning supplies, including a disinfectant and disposable gloves, if you'll be staying at a hotel or other lodging.
  • To refuel, use a disinfectant wipe on handles or buttons before you touch them. After fueling, use hand sanitizer.
  • When you arrive where you're going, use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • If you choose to pick up a meal on the road, opt for restaurants that offer drive-thru or curbside service.

Your Packing List

Bring any medicines you may need on your trip plus these essential safe-travel supplies:

  • Cloth face masks
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) for surfaces

 Additional Resources:

Car Travel:  AAA offers a Covid-19 map at TripTik.AAA.com.  Also, for more road trip guidance, including tips on how to safely get gas and food along your drive, read Expert Advice for a Safe Road Trip,

Air Travel:  A New Guide to Air Travel During Coronavirus

 References:  the above information was compiled from www.cdc.gov, www.wsj.com, www.Today.com; www.CedarSinai.org and  www.mayoclinic.org.