By: Ulliance, Inc.

After many months of anxiety and stay-at-home orders, many folks could use a change of scenery and a break from the day-to-day. Planning a trip amidst a pandemic may give you pause, but if you plan ahead and stay flexible, you just might be able to swing a trip this summer.

From how to travel, to where to lodge, consider these seven suggestions to protect your health on your getaway:

  1. Driving is your best bet right now as it gives you more control over who you come into contact with and for how long. Consider the amount of time that you’re willing and able to stay in the car to get to your destination, and narrow your list of potential destinations from there.
  2. In the weeks and days leading up to your trip, keep an eye on how COVID-19 is spreading, and plan to be flexible if cases are increasing in the area you intended to travel to.
  3. Before hitting the road, think about all of the things you’ll need en route, like snacks and drinks, masks to wear during pit stops, and hand sanitizer, and pack an easily transportable bag with all the essentials. Sanitizing wipes for surfaces in the car are also a must-have item, right now.
  4. When deciding where to stay, the main thing to consider is exposure. At first thought, camping may seem ideal, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it could pose a risk to you if you come in close contact with others or share public facilities (like restrooms or picnic areas) at campsites or along the trails.
  5. Hotels are rolling out increased safety protocols and many are implementing check-in procedures that reduce or eliminate contact with others. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hilton Worldwide launched its CleanStay program based on advice from the Mayo Clinic, and Marriott International convened its Cleanliness Council to help overhaul its standard housekeeping practices. Check which protocols are in place at the hotel you are staying at to be sure the hotel is a safe place to stay.
  6. Vacation rentals that offer no-contact check-in are a safe bet, but be sure to review state and local restrictions before you travel—some states have suspended temporary rentals. Pure Michigan is great resource for ideas.
  7. If you’re lucky enough to have a cabin or an RV, consider making the most of those options this summer. Even if it’s not what you had envisioned for your travel adventures, time at the family cabin still offers a change of pace and a chance to unplug.

Wherever you go, commit to being safe and following good hygiene practices: wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and always wear a mask in public places.