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If you’re traveling outside of your local community during COVID-19, equip yourself with the tools you need to stay healthy. From masks and gloves to hand sanitizer and non-perishable food, Wander is here to help ensure your backpack is loaded with the essentials.
A Quick Note Before Our List
It’s important to note that traveling during the COVID crisis is risky. As of June 22, 2020, total confirmed cases in the United States are nearing 2.5 million (and in the world, over 8.5 million).
In the US, new cases continue to increase in nearly half of the states, including popular tourist destinations such as:
- North Carolina
- South Caroline
Furthermore, be especially careful when visiting any major metropolitan area including:
- New York City, New York
- Hudson, New Jersey
- Los Angeles California
- Cook, Illinois
- Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all 50 states have reported confirmed cases and COVID-19 deaths. For that reason, it’s absolutely essential to know the risks when venturing out of the house. To help minimize this risk, here’s what you need to pack:
The best way to protect yourself from germs is to wash your hands. However, if you’re entering a public place and you know scrubbing your mitts won’t be an option for a while, have a few pairs of vinyl gloves packed.
Washing your hands won’t always be an option while you’re traveling. For that reason, pack a bottle of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. While there was a major shortage in the early weeks of the COVID crisis, the supply has largely bounced back.
If you have an N95 respirator on hand, you may as well pack it. However, because these are critical supplies for health care workers, the CDC does not currently recommend that the general public purchase N95 respirators. Instead, you should opt for a reusable cloth face mask or surgical or non-surgical 3-ply mask.
Unless restaurants have developed a curbside pickup or outdoor seating arrangements, they’re still closed for business. Because we can’t eat out like we once did before COVID, it’s important to have some healthy snacks in your backpack. Consider including:
- Granola/Power Bars
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts & Trail Mix
A lot of brick and mortar stores are still closed due to COVID. While once upon a time we could pick up a bottle of water at the nearest convenience store, those days are a thing of the past. Keep yourself hydrated by packing a water bottle.
Portable Phone Changing
Obviously, you’ll want a wall charger. But if you’re on the road and you can’t dip into a coffee shop to get a quick charge, you should have a portable charger with you.
All across the country, stores and restaurants have stopped accepting cash to minimize the spread of COVID. To ensure you can still buy water you need, be sure to pack a credit/debit card. If you’re trying to simplify what you have in your bag, use Apple, Samsung, or Paypal right from your phone.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Lysol disinfecting wipes can eliminate the coronavirus from surfaces. For that reason, we recommend adding a travel pack of Lysol 4 in 1 disinfecting wipes to your packing list. But if you can’t get your hands on a name brand pack, any disinfecting wipe with over 70% alcohol will do!
Nothing is worse than being tissue-less when you’re on the go. Make sure you’re prepared for that inevitable sneeze—especially during allergy season. Tissue can help decrease the spread of airborne germs, keeping those around you safer. Furthermore, if you’re without disinfectant wipes, you can use a little hand sanitizer and tissue to make your own.
Is it Time to Wander?
It’s important to note that the CDC does say, “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” That said, many people are starting to venture out of their homes. When that’s the case, it’s best to play it safe, and ensure you’ve packed what you need to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If you’re interested in learning more about WanderApp and where to travel next, sign up for our newsletters today by clicking the link below.
Disclaimer: The content in this blog post (text, images, videos, etc.) is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis, medical advice, or treatment. Please see your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions regarding medical conditions.