Health Precautions During Travel




The COVID-19 Outbreak has resulted in numerous requests for best practices and preventive measures to enact when traveling. Personal hygiene and remaining informed and situationally aware cannot be stressed enough. We have listed mitigation measures to apply and while there may be more, we encourage you to equip yourself with updated information as a first step for any travel. Continue reading below, or download printable file.



Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Avoid travel if feeling unwell

  • Avoid unnecessary travel to areas with diseases, conflict and other hazards.

  • Speak with your healthcare provider about preventative measures

  • What vaccinations may be necessary

  • Preventing tick, mosquito or other insect bites

  • Seek medical attention for flu/cold like symptoms

  • Avoid contact with those displaying signs of illness

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes

  • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently

  • Turn head away from others and sneeze/cough into the crook of your elbow

  • Avoid shaking hands, if you do shake hands and contact others, wash hands as soon after as practical and use hand sanitizer as an interim measure

  • Avoid skin contact by wearing long sleeves/pants


Prior to/During Travel:

  • Speak with your healthcare provider about any viruses, bacterial infection or parasites that may be in food and water at your destination

  • Rest well, especially if you have a long flight

  • Wash hands well, before and after flights and after using public transportation, taxis, and rideshare services

  • Chose window seats to minimize exposure

  • Avoid allowing others to touch personal items

  • Avoid eating in food courts when possible

  • Avoid touching luggage other than your own

  • Avoid handling common reading materials

  • Avoid setting mobile devices on any shared surface

  • Use personal headphones/blanket/pillow

  • Carry/use travel-sized sanitizer

  • Carry travel size disinfectant wipes:

  • Wipe down whole seat/headrest, armrest, tray table, safety buckle, air vent controls

  • Wipe bathroom area

  • Wipe suitcase handles

  • Wipe mobile devices

  • Use clean napkin or tissue to open/close doors

  • Avoid touching railings/handles

  • Stay hydrated, especially during and after long flights


During Your Stay:

  • Keep personal belongings in your suitcase during your hotel stay

  • Disinfect your hotel room:

  • surfaces before placing items on them

  • remotes/phone/light switch/handles/faucets

  • keep toothbrush and hygiene products off counter

  • wash hotel cups before use

  • Disinfectant rental cars:

  • seats, headrest, steering wheels, safety buckle, handles, operation devices, keys, etc.

  • Avoid standing in lines and crowded areas and maintain distance, when possible

  • Clean hands after exchanging cash/credit cards

  • Do not share food/beverage

  • Choose food establishments carefully to prevent traveler’s diarrhea and avoid eating from buffets


For further information on preventative care:

www.cdc.gov

www.who.int

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