When I went on my first trip of 2020 to Los Angeles, I never would have imagined I’d be writing a post about tips for traveling safely during the pandemic just a few months later.
This world we are currently living in is so unique. Nobody really has the right answers, it seems, so traveling may not even be on the radar for some. But, I know plenty of other people are itching to get out in to the world again! So, let me answer a few quick questions about my own trip before we get started.
My boyfriend and I decided to road trip from Dallas, Texas to Destin, Florida and Gulf Shores, Alabama. We wanted to road trip as we felt it would be easier (not necessarily safer!) than dealing with flying at the moment.
Did I find it to be “safe”? Yes, I honestly did. But, a lot of that has to do with your own responsibility. Just like with most things, you cannot rely on others to protect you. If you are self-aware and can be responsible enough to protect yourself, it’s as safe as you make it.
Now, here are my tips for traveling safely during the pandemic!
Bring your own soap & hand sanitizer
- Might sound weird but I felt so much better having my own soap with me. I didn’t have to worry about touching anything that someone else has touched. But, with the hand sanitizer – again, you cannot trust any place to have this readily available for you!
See my other Road Trip Packing Essentials HERE.
Plan out bathroom breaks & pack your own snacks
- Much easier said than done but, figure out at least a few places that seem easy to stop at. We didn’t plan bathroom breaks because you just never know how they’ll be when you arrive but I do wish we had at least chosen the cities to stop in.
- If you’re traveling from Dallas to the Fort Walton Beach area, my tip would be to plan to stop in Shreveport, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Robertsdale, Alabama (they have a Texas favorite – Buc-ee’s!) Each destination is about 3 hours between each-other.
Don’t rely on others to wear a mask/practice social distancing
- Pretty straight-forward. While most places we visited were not busy AT ALL, sometimes the people that were around were definitely not wearing masks or social distancing. To each their own, but just know, you do not control the actions of others but you can control your own.
- Something to keep in mind is that each state has very different rules. Set your OWN rules that make you feel comfortable (i.e. wearing a mask when entering any establishment) and stick to it, even if others are not.
There are SO many people on the road. And they DO NOT care about you or the rules.
- I’ve been on many road trips and I’ve never experienced people being so rude on the road as I did on this trip. Now, are we saints that follow the speed limit the whole time? I plead the 5th. BUT, at least we always keep it safe. It was so frustrating to see so many people not caring one bit about other people’s safety.
- The beauty of a road trip is that you can take your time. Be kind, take your time, and be extra mindful of those on the road with you! (Or, do what we did and leave at 4 in the morning to avoid a good majority of the crowd 😂)
Travel on “off” days
- One of the best things I think about our trip was that we went on off days to avoid crowds. When we arrived on Sunday, the beaches were VERY busy. But, by Monday and Tuesday, there was barely anyone.
- Bonus: Going on these “off” days saved us so much money on the hotels as well!!
With Labor Day travel coming up, I hope you keep these tips in mind and stick to your own beliefs about safety. Travel responsibly during these crazy times and fingers crossed we’ll see “normal” travel again soon!