Many of us miss traveling since the pandemic started in the spring of 2020. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, traveling is now a possibility but there are several requirements to keep in mind to ensure you travel safely and follow all protocols.
And since it has been a while since most of us have traveled, included below is a helpful checklist to ensure you will have everything you need for your next summer trip.
According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, keep the following in mind before you travel:
- Masks are still required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on a ferry or the top deck of a bus).
- Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
- Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the U.S. are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the U.S. or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
Talk to your doctor about all the COVID-19 testing sites near you. Many of them can be done at local pharmacy stores, doctor offices or health centers.
While in the airport, and on flights, you will have to wear your mask for several hours at a time. The N95 mask is a good choice if you can get one. The important thing is to choose a mask you will be comfortable wearing for a long period of time.
Before you set out on your trip, there are several must-haves you can’t forget.
Here is a helpful checklist:
- Pre-travel test results
- Vaccine certificate
- Hotel confirmation or Airbnb receipt
- ID cards (driver’s license and/or passport)
- Insurance-related information (health insurance, travel insurance)
- Hard copy of emergency contacts and list of hospitals near your hotel (you can research this on Google Maps in advance)
- Hard copy of your prescriptions, a clearly organized travel pill case containing all the necessary doses plus a few days extra (i.e. if you miss your flight/train)
- Replace your heavy duffle bag or oversized backpack for a four-wheeler rolling suitcase you can easily pull around
- Always opt for comfortable shoes to walk in
- Hand sanitizer – 3oz or less can be taken through TSA security checkpoints. Check other TSA requirements at tsa.gov
- Water Bottle -you can fill up a collapsible water bottle using a free water fountain after security checks before you board. That way, you can stay hydrated throughout your flight
- Eyeglass Repair Kit. If you don’t use contacts, this is a must. The screws used to connect the temples to the frames are so tiny, conventional screwdrivers are too big to fix them
- First-Aid Kit
It’s exciting to be able to travel again but it’s best not to rush, do plan ahead and make sure you have checked all the boxes on important checklists. Visit Inter Valley’s blog at https://blogs.ivhp.com/blog-2/ for tips on health, lifestyle, Medicare Advantage and living a life full of vitality.