Tips for Traveling Safely during Covid-19

July 14, 2020

The world’s a little crazy these days. We've spent the majority of the last four months at home, doing grocery deliveries, primarily cooking at home with the very rare small business takeout, and neighborhood walks. We've been doing our part to stay healthy and keep everyone else healthy during the pandemic. We always wear a mask, for ourselves and others.

But staying healthy also means staying mentally healthy. Some days feel daunting, emotionally exhausting, and stressful. Others feel positive, hopeful, and productive. To help even out these emotional waves, we’ve found ways to go camping, hiking, and had a small getaway trip to Big Bear. (For more on Big Bear and why it's so special to me, click here.)

Tim in the mountains

Amy in the mountains

Although I was excited for our trip to Big Bear, the time just for the two of us, I was a bit stressed before leaving. We hadn't traveled since March and the world looks so different now. In preparation we did lots of research beforehand, reached out to our host, and came prepared. Because of this, we were able to enjoy our two nights in the mountains without worrying about getting sick or bringing the pandemic home.

Tips for traveling safely during Covid-19!

  • Be prepared! Know the rules of the area, what's closed, and what guidelines to follow.
  • Wear your face mask, even on the trail! Have a buff around your neck that you pull up in case you come across other hikers.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible.
  • Avoid crowded places. This includes heavily trafficked trails in which social distancing is hard to impossible to do.
  • Social distance and only travel with those in your household.
  • Do your grocery shopping beforehand to ensure you leave essentials for the locals. This also decreases your exposure amounts.
  • If you're staying at a hotel, Airbnb or similar, reach out to your host and ask how and what is being cleaned between guests.
  • Relax and enjoy!

traveling during Covid-19