How To Stay Safe While Traveling During a Global Pandemic


Reyna Arellanes, Equipment/Copy Editor

Thinking about traveling during a global pandemic? Here are some tips per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that will help ensure safety while traveling. 

Before traveling, remember that it’s possible people won’t show symptoms of COVID-19 and may have it without knowing. So, be aware and keep a minimum distance of six feet in order to prevent spreading or contracting the virus. 

It’s important to check if the area of current residence is a hotspot or a calm location before traveling to help keep the number of cases in each location as limited as possible. 

It’s also good to be aware of any personal health problems that may make an individual more susceptible to contacting the coronavirus, especially if it could cause severe complications for them. 

Be aware of requirements and/or restrictions for travelers before heading there due to varying regulations in each state.

If an individual does decide to travel, the CDC recommends that travelers:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart (about two arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your handsoften or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

They also provide considerations for types of travel:

  • Air travel: Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of otherssometimes for hoursmay increase your risk of getting COVID-19.

Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transportation and ride sharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.

  • Bus or train travel: Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within six feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel in this manner, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation.
  • Car travel: Making stops along the way for gas, food or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.
  • RV travel: You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

Lastly, after arriving home from traveling it is recommended that travelers quarantine for 14 days although it’s not mandatory