By Tobias Sjöstedt
From being a hobby, from being something you look forward to, from something that brings happiness to being something that brings anxiety and is scary. Traveling is something we all take part in for different reasons – but how do you travel safely during pandemic times? What should you think of and what should you stuff the suitcase with? Don’t worry, in this article, we’ll take a closer look at what you need to know and think of to make your trip as safe and sound as possible.
Are flights safe to travel?
When traveling far, traveling by plane is the fastest and most convenient way to get to your final destination. But during pandemic times, it comes with a great amount of danger. The coronavirus is spread through drops that spread in the air. These drops can reach one human to another within the distance of 1,5 meters, therefore the recommendation to keep a distance. But once seated in the cabin, that’s almost impossible to do. There’s also a risk that the plane's air conditioning is working poorly and you get infected by the virus through your nose, eyes, or mouth.
But there’s also a possibility that you’re in the risk zone of being infected with viruses and germs while traveling to and waiting at the airport. Therefore, you should always bring a face mask and an alcohol-free hand sanitizer. Otherwise, it’ll be considered as dangerous hazardous.
Airline’s response to the restrictions
Many industries have been affected by the coronavirus, and many of them had to shut down. But the biggest blow hit airlines from countries all over the world. They are dependent on open borders and the interest from the travelers to keep the business running. Since March, this has not been the case which has led to a great economic loss and bankruptcy for many airlines. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects that air traveling will go down by 66 % compared to 2019, and that will take as long as 2024 before the air traffic can be on the same level as they were before the corona outbreak.
So, to get people to go traveling with less fear and anxiety, the airlines have taken various precautions. Most airlines require the passenger to wear a mask during take-off, the entire flight, and landing, and the boarding will be done in smaller groups. The surfaces that get in contact with humans will be cleaned more often and fewer people on board to maintain distancing between the passengers.
Navigating through the transit
But before you board the plane, don’t forget to check the transit rules of the country you’re going to. If you travel from a “high-risk country”, there’s a chance that you’ll not get let in at all due to the risk of spreading the virus. And pack light! Many airlines want to keep the amount of luggage low to make it faster to board and exit the aircraft, and minimizing the risk of getting infected while waiting at the luggage pickup. The use of a face mask is also mandatory for entering many countries and many times, it’s up to the passenger to bring their own. You should therefore choose your mask with care for the best protection.
MaskZ of Sweden has made this easy for you. All of our masks have been marked with the EU sign of approval and can kill the DNA of the coronavirus. And keep a bottle of hand sanitizer wherever you go. For it to be effective, it should contain at least 60 % alcohol to kill off viruses and germs. However, there are alcohol free sanitizers that are effective as well.
For your road travel
Experts say that the safest way to minimizing the risk of getting infected by corona is by traveling by car. But to keep it safe, you must first do some planning.
First double-check the restriction of the destination that you're going to. If you're staying in a hotel, call the hotel beforehand to double-check the booking and opening hours to avoid being stuck in a hotel lobby without a reservation with other people in the same position. This also applies to the vehicle itself. If you're unsure, have it checked out or inspected so you can travel without unpleasant surprises.
Pack hand sanitizer, disinfecting wet wipes, gloves, and tissues, and throw them away once you've used them. Bring disposable face masks unless you can't do any washing up when you're away and wash your hands with soap and water whenever you can. Bring your food and drinks to avoid too many stops and pay with a credit card which can be wiped off after use in comparison with cash.
When stopping for restroom breaks, start by sanitizing the toilet seat, handles, and other surfaces that you get in physical contact with. Wash your hands with lots of soap and hot water and remember to sanitize your hands if you have to touch the bathroom door or handle. Avoid going to a restaurant with a table setting. Instead, pick a restaurant that offers drive-through service.
Similarly traveling by bus works. Bring a mask and wear it all the time, both before entering and exiting the bus. If the bus company offers the possibility to have the ticket digitally and scan it yourself, pick this alternative to avoid contact with our fellow passengers. Some companies offer their travelers to pick a seat beforehand to maintain the distance.2020 has been an exceptionally long one and many of us can’t wait until it’s over so we can go back to what we used to do. The safety for you and your loved ones will always be the most important and what matters. We at MaskZ of Sweden want to help you in your planning by introducing our travel kits. You get everything you need to stay safe: face mask and hand sanitizer exclusive shipped in travel sizes to make it easy to keep in your pocket both onboard the plane or the car. And finally – enjoy the trip and take care!