As discussions begin about reopening states and businesses, the staff at Escape Adventures is diligently working on establishing new protocols to keep you safe when you are finally able to join us on tour again. We will be announcing those protocols shortly, but in the meantime, here are some personal things you can do to get yourself ready.
1. Keep the immune system strong even before you travel. Adequate sleep, healthy eating, regular exercise and stress management all can go a long way in keeping your immune system strong even before you start your journey. As you plan the trip itself, do your best to pick travel times that still give you enough time to catch shuteye.
2. Keep up with your vaccinations. The flu vaccine is a basic recommendation for both adults and children, but also find out in advance what vaccines are recommended for where you are traveling, especially if you are venturing out of the country.
3. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. You’ve heard it over and over because this is one of the top ways to prevent the spread of illness. Wash your hands frequently, including after touching surfaces. Use soap and water for 20 seconds. If that’s not available, then use hand sanitizer. Also bring extra tissues with you in case you need to sneeze, cough or rub something off your face. Other items you can pack: sanitizing wipes and disposable gloves.
4. Don’t touch your face. Again, it’s been said repeatedly these past few weeks, but that’s because it’s good advice. It’s because you may touch something, such as a surface that has the virus, and then you might touch your face. The mucous membranes around your mouth, nose and eyes are more likely to pick up the virus. Some doctors suggest wearing sunglasses when you travel to help remind yourself not to touch your face.
5. Take a few extra moves to protect yourself on an airplane. Modern airplanes have HEPA filters that change the cabin air every two to three minutes. HEPA filters in the aircraft are able to filter out the majority of viruses and bacteria to prevent the spread of disease.
However, there are still some important steps you can take to lower your risk of getting sick during air travel. This includes:
- Using alcohol-based cleaning wipes on high-touch surfaces, such as trays and armrests. Clean those surfaces before you use them.
- Keep up your hand washing and hand sanitizer use.
- It’s not always possible on a plane, but keep some more space between you and the passengers sitting near you to maintain social distance.
- If possible, choose a window seat. There is some evidence that those seating areas are associated with less virus transmission. That’s because people sitting by the window usually have the least amount of contact with other passengers.
- Don’t travel if you’re sick. This doesn’t apply only to suspected COVID-19 but any type of illness. If you’re sick when you travel – be it a cold, stomach bug or other cause – the trip will be miserable for you and those around you. Plus, you risk getting others sick.
6. Watch what you eat and drink. Staying well hydrated helps the body in fighting infections, so drink plenty of water. Hydration also is important if you’re already sick, as our bodies can lose a lot of water when feverish or from coughing.
When on the plane, stick with healthy foods that you like and are easily digestible, such as cheese or nuts. When possible, bring your own food on the plane. One healthy item that is available at most airports is hummus and crackers or pretzels.
After you eat, wipe down common areas like seat tables to prevent spreading germs, and wash your hands.
7. Take a deep breath. Consider steps to reduce coronavirus-related anxiety and relax.
And lastly, remember that we are here for you. This journey has been a new experience for all of us. We are committed to making sure that you are as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions, concerns, or special requests, please feel free to contact us at any time before or during your adventure with us. Together we will make it through this together and once again be able to enjoy the amazing beauty of this great nation.