You might be wondering about how to stay safe while traveling this holiday season. Here are our best practices for holiday travel so you can stay safe and spend more time with the ones you love!
Double check operating hours, traffic and weather so that you can anticipate delays. With state, local, and territorial government COVID-19 requirements changing often, you will want to know what to expect. You’ll want to know if you need to bring your mask and vaccination card. Ask about the precautions your host or destination is taking and be prepared to follow their protocol.
The CDC advises to delay travel until you are fully vaccinated and wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports). Lastly, don’t travel if you have been exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or if you test positive for COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, get tested both before and after your trip.
Another holiday travel tip is to make sure to pack accordingly for the climate you will be traveling in or through. It’s always a good idea to bring a change of clothes, no matter how close to home you’re venturing. Pack those earbuds or headphones to help keep your peace in busy terminals. Don’t let yourself get hangry; know when you will eat, if you will need to bring a snack or plan a pit stop for food. DO ship your gifts or gift cards, then you won’t have the stress of forgetting anything.
We know that things always get a little busy during the holidays, but with the pandemic, things can be more stressful. Allow some grace for the people working during this holiday season, they can use all the patience and good will we can spare. We have to be prepared to deal with a little stress because there is a good chance that things might get delayed, changed or cancelled.
If you don’t like the stress of traveling then you might consider traveling on off days or going to less popular destinations during the holidays. You can usually search airlines and attractions rates by calendar dates to see when their peak days are, so that you know when to avoid them. Seasoned holiday travelers know that traveling early in the morning and late at night will help you avoid the big crowds on the road and at the airport. The best part is, you can usually find a discount when you travel during the slower times.
Our team at EPIC Law wishes you happy holidays and safe holiday travels this Christmas season!