With the rise of Covid-19, travel has not only been restricted, but it has completely changed from what it used to be. Finally, though, planes are back in the air, countries are opening their borders, and people are itching to getaway. While it seems as though things are finally starting to get back to normal, I would like to caution you on traveling with your little one. Not only is traveling with kids one of the hardest things you can do but, throw in a global pandemic and you’re in a whole other ballgame.
Before we dive in, I would like to remind you that these tips are based on my own personal opinions, and things are constantly changing. Be sure before you leave you have done your homework and are up to date on all the policies to get there and back. Research will be your best friend. You should be continually monitoring the CDC’s website for any updates on current travel restrictions. The more prepared you are the easier and more relaxing your trip will be.
Nevertheless, let’s get into some basic travel tips for traveling with your little one during Covid.
First, and foremost, you will want to find out if you need to show proof of a Covid test to get to your destination. Several countries are requiring that you have a negative test done 1-3 days before arrival. Be sure you research what type of test you need to have, PCR vs. Rapid, and if it needs to be obtained from a certain provider. You will also want to check if your little one is going to need a test. Whatever you do make sure you don’t forget to pack your test. The last thing you want is to show up at your destination and get shoved right back onto the plane. Be sure to research if you will need a test to get back into the states as well. As of right now, everyone 2 years and older needs a negative PCR test, done within 72 hours, to get back into the states.
As of now, Delta is the only airline blocking the middle seat. They are planning to continue this through March of 2021. Other airlines are doing their best to accommodate passengers when the flight is full by allowing free or discounted flight changes. If you feel uncomfortable about a flight, don’t be afraid to ask how the airline can help. Always check with your airline to verify what safety measures they have in place such as social distancing, face masks, and sanitation. The last time I flew, the flight handed out individual snack bags that also contained a sanitizing wipe. I would be sure to pack extra hand sanitizer and extra masks just to be safe. Always call the airline if you have additional questions on safety precautions, or what is going to be required.
Airport safety becomes harder depending on the airport you are traveling to/from. While smaller airports may be easy to social distance, it proves much harder in larger airports. To combat germs in the airport, try to social distance as much as physically possible, and be sure to wear a mask. An additional tip is to pack some snacks to have at the airport to limit interactions, and save money. Don’t forget to keep the hand sanitizer close.
Pack for the worst If you end up having to quarantine for 14 days make sure you have backup clothes, toiletries, etc. to do so.
My last tip for added safety, during Covid, is to try and plan trips to and from places that require testing. I know what you are thinking, “isn’t that kind of counter-intuitive?”. Hear me out, though. If you travel to places that require testing, you know that everyone on the plane has been tested as well. You can also be certain that you yourself are not spreading the virus.
I know getting out sounds like the best way to beat those quarantine blues. Just be sure you have carefully thought out every aspect of your travels. I hope you all stay safe through these unprecedented times, and as always I would love to hear from you. Drop a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe. Cheers to happy and safe travels.