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Travel Health and Safety Skills: Summer 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic slows down, air travel and vacations are likely to resume. Now you can make good on your vacation plans. However, if you plan on flying somewhere, make sure you take the necessary precautions to stay healthy, comfortable, and safe on your flight. 

The following precautions should be taken before you board the plane:

Precautions To Take Before Air Travel

  • Get vaccinated or get a viral test.

The CDC recommends that unvaccinated vaccinated people should get viral tests 1-3 days before they travel. This way, you can determine whether or not you have the infection. 

If you have been fully vaccinated, you don’t need to take the test.

  • Learn the protocols for the state or country you are visiting

There are different rules and restrictions for different places. For example, some require vaccinated people to keep all COVID-19 safety guidelines, while others do not. By learning these rules, you will be able to prepare adequately and have a stress-free trip.

Safety Items To Pack

When traveling by air, you should be prepared for anything. So, you must pack all your essentials with you.

  • Alcohol-based sanitizers
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Face mask
  • Healthy snacks or protein bars
  • Personal medication

Health Precautions To Take During Air Travel

  • Practice good safety hygiene

Even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine, you should keep up safe hygiene. This includes keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth and coughing into your elbow. 

You should also wipe joint surfaces with a disinfectant wipe before you share them. It will protect you from the risk of COVID-19 or other viral infections.

  • Maintain social distance

Maintain a safe distance from other passengers before and during the flight. This minimizes the risk of infection if you haven’t been vaccinated. 

  • Keep your belongings within reach.

All the items you may need during the flight should be with you before the plane takes off. You won’t have to make physical contact with passengers by reaching for your hand luggage. 

After Flight Precautions 

  • Self-quarantine

The CDC recommends self-quarantine for 7-10 days after a flight. It protects your family or people you may come in contact with from the risk of transmission. 

  • Healthy diet

A healthy diet is necessary to nourish your body and strengthen your immune system. You should drink water and have nutritious meals. 

Taking the proper precautions is essential to stay healthy and safe when you are traveling by air. Also, follow all safety protocols while you are onboard. To get a COVID-19 test or other travel medicine, visit an urgent care center near you!