How to Safely Take a Summer Road Trip Amid Covid-19
Summer and Fall weather makes the perfect time to pack up the car and take a vacation. Most people wait all year for a road trip as a way to escape everyday life and bond with family. But is that vacation still possible with everything going on amid the current health crisis?
A little planning can ensure that you and your family stay safe while still enjoying that much-needed vacation.
Location, Location, Location
With everything going on with the Coronavirus, it’s especially important to make sure you’re picking the right location. When researching where you’d like to go, consider a few things. Does the area normally get crowded? Is the location a “hot spot” for an outbreak? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, it may be a good idea to adjust your plans. Instead of renting a room at the hotel with a water park for the kids, consider renting a cabin with access to the beach.
Packing for vacation can be a lot of work. It’s easy to forget things and realize you have to make an unexpected stop to trip to the store. This vacation season, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you have what you need for your trip.
Make a list of what you and your family will need and double-check it before you leave. Don’t forget to pack items that will keep your family safe like extra masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitary wipes. Try to bring more than you think you’ll need to eliminate the need for extra stops on your trip.
Consider packing lunches and snacks to keep in a cooler in the car to reduce the need to stop at restaurants on the road. If stopping at your favorite roadside diner is part of the experience, plan to see how they’re operating with the current Coronavirus guidelines. Some restaurants may have regular dine-in options, while others are carry-out only. If your favorite spot is carry-out only, is there a park nearby to enjoy your meal with family? Planning will help elevate stress and save time on your road trip.
Avoid Mechanical Mishaps
It’s important to make sure your car is in good condition before any road trip, but even more so now with the current health crisis. Having to stop at an unfamiliar mechanic not only cuts into vacation time but it also potentially can put you and your family at risk of exposure from sitting inside the waiting area.
To avoid this, schedule regular maintenance for your vehicle before you leave. Make sure to check your oil, fluids, and breaks before hitting the road. Also, talk to your mechanic about your tires. Michigan roads can be tough on tires. Make sure that your tires are in good shape before hitting the open road.
It may feel overwhelming to plan a vacation amid the current health crisis. However, by planning and taking precautions, you and your family can enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation. With a plan in mind, you can focus on having fun rather than being worried about the unforeseen.
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