All of us in the Wandering Moms Facebook Community are definitely beginning to get antsy. The cabin fever is getting to us and some of us are just ready to take a trip to pretty much anywhere (that will have us).

Getting there is the biggest challenge as most modes of transportation require us to be in close proximity with other people for extended periods of time. And once you arrive at your destination, where will you stay and will your accommodations be COVID friendly?

We’re ranking some transportation options from most risky to least risky and offering some tips on how to stay safe while you’re in transit.

4. Airplane Travel

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Risk Level: High Risk

The are so many challenges with air travel at this time, the main challenge being it is difficult to be socially distant on a crowded flight and you will likely have to sit quite close to others for hours at a time. The truth is, according to the CDC, viruses and germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and how it’s filtered. But also consider the sheer number of people you have to come into contact with and how many things you have to touch while flying – when you arrive you’ll need to go through the security line, your items will need to go into a bin that has been touched by hundreds or perhaps even thousands of others. Depending on the airport you’re in may need to ride a people mover to get to your gate and more often than not, you’ll need to hold onto the rail or sit. Once you’re at your gate, if you’re early you’ll want to sit until it’s time to start boarding and those chairs have seen their fair share of bottoms. Boarding the plane you’ll pretty much be touching everything hundreds of others have touched – the overhead bin, the seat, the seatbelt, the tray table, the seat back television, it’s just a lot and all of that exposure increases your exposure risk.

Precautions You Can Take:

3. Bus or Train Travel

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Risk Level: Moderate to High

The challenges with buses and trains are pretty similar to air travel – it is difficult to be socially distant on a crowded flight and you will likely have to sit close to others for hours at a time. It is not clear if buses and trains have similar air circulation mechanisms as airplanes. However the reason we rated this transportation method a moderate instead of high is that the boarding process does not require as much contact as an airplane. Typically, you can purchase a bus or train ticket online and go straight to boarding and someone will come around to check tickets before take off or during the beginning of your trip.

Precautions You Can Take:

2. Car Travel

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Risk Level: Moderate to Low

While being in a car keeps you insulated from others (as long as you are in a car with those you have been quarantined with or those who you do not suspect of having coronavirus) the only consideration is stopping for gas, bathroom breaks, and food. The more opportunities there are for you to come into contact with others either face to face, in passing, or coming into contact with things that others have touched, the more at risk you are for contracting the virus.

Precautions You Can Take:

  • Ask yourself these questions before you decide to travel
  • Confirm that the state you are traveling to does not have travel restrictions.
  • Get tested for COVID-19
  • Bring enough alcohol based sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy reach
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before embarking on your trip and any time you stop to visit a gas station, rest stop, restaurant – basically any time you enter an establishment and touch things outside of your car (including door handles)
  • Pack food and beverages to reduce the amount of stops and contact you have to make
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Take disinfectant wipes to wipe down the items in you bring into your car
  • If you are renting a car, be sure to wipe the car down with disinfectant wipes, spray disinfectant and leave the car doors open for a few hours before you travel
  • Avoid close contact with others as much as you can help it

1.RV Travel

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Risk Level: Low

Traveling by RV cuts down significantly on your need to stop for food and bathroom breaks (there’s still pumping gas to contend with though). The other considerations for safety when traveling via RV is where you will park your RV. In most cases, RV travelers use RV Parks and Campgrounds to post up in their RV. These parks and campgrounds will have common areas and even private picnic or grilling areas that may have been used by others and may not have been appropriately cleaned or sanitized.

Precautions You Can Take:

  • Ask yourself these questions before you decide to travel
  • Confirm that the state you are traveling to does not have travel restrictions.
  • Bring enough alcohol based sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy reach
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before embarking on your trip and any time you stop to visit a gas station, rest stop, restaurant – basically any time you enter an establishment and touch things outside of your RV (including door handles)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Take disinfectant wipes to wipe down the items
  • If you are renting an RV, be sure to wipe the vehicle down with disinfectant wipes paying close attention to handles, knobs, buttons, and switches, Spray disinfectant and leave the windows open for a few hours before you travel
  • Avoid close contact with others as much as you can help it

So there you have it, 4 travel transport options ranked from least to most COVID Friendly. If you are planning to travel during the pandemic there certainly are some things to consider and some precautions to take. The main question you’ll need to answer for yourself is “is it worth it?”. If the answer is yes, then by all means pack your bags and go! But before you do we encourage you to be as safe as possible for your family and for others

See also: 4 Travel Accommodations Ranked From Least to Most COVID-Friendly

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