If you’re looking to get out of the house for a socially distanced road trip, being aware and prepared should be a high priority for the safety of yourself and others you may come in contact with. And although travel is not a priority during a pandemic, getting out of the house is good for our mental health.
Camping and RV travel, if done correctly and safely, is an acceptable way to break away from the months of staying at home to get a little fresh air. Here you’ll find RV travel safety during COVID-19 and this unprecedented global pandemic.
Check health and safety travel measures
The safety requirements throughout the nation won’t be too different from state to state. Check each state’s COVID-19 ordinances and mandates, as they may vary slightly.
- If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel
- Quarantine for two weeks and/or get tested for COVID-19 before deciding to travel
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Carry hand sanitizer on you or store it in an accessible spot in your car/RV
- Use gloves at gas stations if you can
- Use sanitizer wipes for your steering wheel and door handles
Keep in mind that if you’re traveling during a pandemic, there will be closures. Know that businesses are trying their best to adjust to the current guidelines they’re required to follow.
RV parks, state parks, and even some national forests have closed or are limiting how many new campers can stay. Call ahead to double check that your destinations are open and to find out how they’ve adjusted to their current state ordinances.
Have backup plans
Planning your route with multiple backup plans may be necessary. Tourist attractions may be closed or they may be busier than you were expecting. Planning ahead will be an important step in your road trip to ensure you’re able to stay socially distanced and not help in the spread of COVID-19.
Do your research
States are changing their requirements and ordinances frequently. These are important changes you’ll need to know as you travel from state to state. Not only are the states frequently changing their statewide requirements, but the cases in each state can vastly change over a week or two. Stay up to date on COVID-19 hot spots and try to avoid traveling to those places out of respect to the locals and for the safety of you and whoever you’re traveling with.
Avoid smaller towns
If you can, avoid traveling to smaller towns and cities. These areas typically have smaller hospitals with less space and fewer hospital beds to handle an outbreak from the virus. These smaller cities also have fewer options for groceries and supplies, so an influx of travelers during these times may make getting resources more difficult.
Socially distanced traveling
Staying socially distanced while on your road trip is key. The goal for traveling during this time is to explore and enjoy the outdoors, so try to plan your trip around staying further away from other travelers if you can. Here are a few ways to socially distance on your road trip:
- Boondock or dry camp on public lands for more spread-out camping
- Hike and enjoy recreational areas during nonpeak hours
- Avoid tourist attractions
- Consider cooking in your RV or at your campsite rather than eating out at nearby restaurants
The main focus during this time is safety and reducing the spread of COVID-19, so if you decide to take the RV out for your annual trip, you’ll need to adjust your typical travel mindset. At the end of the day, it’s all about being able enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way while keeping yourself and others safe and healthy!