After months of lockdown, you may want to get out of the house and explore. However, due to COVID-19, you may be nervous about how you can stay safe and distant from others. While you probably know how to prepare for a road trip, a pandemic means taking additional considerations and preparation.
Road trips are either a vacation with an itinerary planned down to the minute or bursts of spontaneity. With a pandemic, the former is probably the way to go. Businesses may be closed, restaurants may be take-out only, and destinations may operate on limited hours. Check the COVID-19 regulations in the states you will be traveling through. Think about what stops you will need to make, including gas and food, pack accordingly, and do your research beforehand.
Pack personal protective equipment and necessary supplies
Masks are required in many indoor establishments, and they are recommended whenever you are around others, even if you are outdoors. Make sure you have enough masks for the duration of your trip. Other supplies you should have on hand are hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and a thermometer.
Get your car ready
It may have been a while since your car has seen some miles, so get your car inspected by a professional to prevent mechanical issues while on the road. Don’t forget about road-trip essentials, such as a first-aid kit, GPS, portable cellphone charger, and flashlight.
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