planning a summer road-trip

Road trips are on the agenda for many Americans this summer! The COVID-19 pandemic and new era of social distancing has forced many to postpone their exotic vacation plans and international travel, opting instead to visit destinations that are within driving distance. Considering the health risks of flying, it should come as no surprise that a whopping 85 percent of Americans are choosing to hit the road rather than the airport.

Choose Your Travel Party Wisely

During these unprecedented times, it is important to be mindful about who you are coming into close contact with. Make sure to select travel companions that have been practicing social distancing during the pandemic. Ideally, the family and friends who join you on your road trip have also been quarantined with you over the past few months. Remember to do your research and ask a professional if you are unsure about what is safe. If one of your passengers has had outside contact, it may be advisable to wear masks inside the vehicle. However, experts warn against wearing a mask when driving alone because of a potential reduction in oxygen and possible lightheadedness.

Take Precautions at the Pump

We recommend wearing disposable gloves while pumping gas, rather than worrying about wiping down the nozzle. After you’re done, throw the gloves in the trash can. When paying for gas, use cards instead of cash. This eliminates the unnecessary exposure that comes with a cash transaction. Make sure to also clean your cards regularly with a disinfectant wipe. If you do need to use the restroom during your road trip, be especially careful to sanitize any surfaces. Take care not to touch the door handle after washing your hands and of course, wear a mask!

Don’t Forget to Clean

Cleaning your car before, during and after your road trip is essential for preventing the spread of coronavirus. Read our previous blog post, How to Clean & Santize Your Car” for our best cleaning tips. To make this task less daunting, divide up all of the cleaning responsibilities and recruit your passengers to help you maintain a virus-free car during your road trip.

Plan Your Route

Part of the fun of a road trip is the planning. Use maps, guidebooks, magazines and travel websites to decide on the perfect route and destination for your summer road trip. Choose a place where you will be able to practice social distancing and feel comfortable visiting. Before you head out of town, study the roads, highways, and freeways so that you can avoid detours and unexpected closures. While going on a spontaneous trip and meandering wherever the road takes you can be fun, it can also be a health risk if you’re not careful. For overnight stops, do your research ahead of time and consider the price as well as the cleanliness of a hotel or airbnb.

Build A Travel Kit

Prepare a list of things that you’ll need and want for your road trip. Once you plan your route, the next step is to make a list and get all of the essential supplies. This includes sanitary products for keeping hands and surfaces clean, extra masks for you and your passengers, disposable gloves, travel laundry detergent to wash fabric masks and a thermometer. As suggested by AAA, your travel kit should also include an extra cell phone charger, first-aid kit, a blanket, flashlight, basic tools, jumper cables, and gloves. Your road trip can be made more affordable by packing your own drinks and snacks.

This year’s summer vacation may be a bit different from other years. But if you follow our guide and prepare ahead of time, your road trip is bound to be a fun memory that you will treasure for years to come.