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While we’re not encouraging anyone to go on a trip, we understand that we can’t stop it from happening. It’s summer time and it’s understandable why many people would have travel on the brain.
If you are heading out of Austin this summer, here are five travel safety tips to remember to keep you and your family safe.
Know Which Areas You Should Try to Avoid
While most of you are not likely to travel to a city where there’s a high number of COVID-19 cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should head to an area where the virus is less prevalent either. No one wants to be the one to carry the virus to another community. If you choose to travel to a city or a heavy tourist area, you should also avoid areas and attraction that attract big groups and therefor make it harder to social distance.
Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Protect Yourself and Others
Be prepared by packing all the essentials for your trip. Masks or cloth coverings are mandatory. Take along lots of hand sanitizer for when washing your hands with soap isn’t an option. It’s also smart to have a thermometer on hand. Pack paper towels and disinfectant wipes. Wipe down everything including phones and tablets every time you get in and out of the car. Bags are also a great idea for disposing of any contaminated masks.
Drive Instead of Fly
It’s best to avoid airplanes all together right now. That way you won’t have to worry about coming into close contact with people you don’t know on the flight or in the airport. Cars and RVs are the safest way to travel at the moment.
Choose Your Lodging Wisely
Don’t assume the rental home or hotel is clean. Wipe down all hard, nonporous surfaces regularly. Consider asking for clean sheets and making your own bed. For rental homes, ask your host how much time will pass between you and the previous guest. If possible, delay your stay so there’s a 2-3 day buffer. If that’s not possible, doing your own cleaning is much more important.
Keep Your Space
It’s easier to practice physical distancing in some places more than others. Pick destinations where you can be outdoors and away from others like less crowded beaches, national parks, or trails. Check all parks sites for closures and restrictions before you go.
Please plan ahead and take precautions. If you feel sick, or have been exposed to someone who might be sick, please postpone all travel plans. Take the neccesary steps to keep both yourself and your fellow citizens safe.
We also recommend you review these CDC guidelines and travel safety tips before you head out.
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