Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, you’re well on your way to being vaccinated against COVID-19. While we don’t know everything there is to know about the vaccine yet, it’s best to get the shot if you’re physically able.
As exciting as it is to have this added layer of protection against virus transmission, the truth is that we’re not quite on the other side of this pandemic just yet. I do plan to travel more this year, but I also plan to keep taking precautions until we know for sure it’s safe to return to normal!
If you’ve already been traveling during the pandemic, then you’re likely pretty well-versed in most of the tips that I’m going to outline today. However, if you haven’t traveled much (or at all), then you might not think about some of the extra steps you can take to make your post-vaccination travel as safe and seamless as possible.
Protect Your Vaccine Card (& Keep It Handy!)
As of now, there aren’t any official laws or rules that say you have to have your vaccination card to travel or fly within the United States. I have a feeling that places will start asking for them though, so it’s best to go ahead and prepare yourself ahead of time.
I’ve seen people say that you should laminate your card once you get a complete vaccination, but I don’t think that’s the best idea. We don’t know yet if we will need additional shots or boosters in the future, so I recommend getting a clear sleeve for it instead.
You can search Amazon for “vaccination card holder” and come up with tons of different options, but the majority of them look like this. Some are hard plastic snap cases, so that’s an option too.
Be sure that you can keep your card near any other important travel documents or your ID for fast access, and I recommend taking a picture of the card too just in case something happens.
Bring Disposable Items With You
I’m not the type of person who buys travel-sized toiletries and beauty products for traveling unless I have to. However, I’m making an exception for that while the pandemic is still going on! I’m bringing as many disposable things with me as possible for safety and sanity. After all, if I don’t have to sanitize every aspect of my life when I get back home, that’s a win, right?
This is a great time to use up any samples or minis that you’ve accumulated, and it’s also the perfect time to make a dent in your sheet mask stash.
Depending on how concerned you are with sanitization, you might consider bringing any or all of these items with you too:
- Cheap flip flops to wear in the room (or at least in the shower)
- Disposable utensils, cups, and plates for takeaway or late-night snacks
- Sanitizing wipes
- Dollar store washcloths and hand towels
- Cheap pillowcases
At the end of your trip, you can dispose of all of those items rather than trying to cart them home and sanitize them!
Choose Your Destination Carefully
Since I don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future, I can’t say for sure what international travel will look like later this year. However, I can say that for now, experts advise sticking to domestic travel. It will take time for entire countries to build up herd immunity, and not all countries have equal access to vaccines just yet.
As far as we know, the COVID-19 vaccine is an excellent additional facet of protection against catching or transmitting the virus, but it’s still wise to research your destination to find out about active cases, vaccination percentages, and any restrictions that might affect your travel plans. Since experts don’t yet know how likely it is that a vaccinated person can be a carrier of the virus, some countries aren’t allowing foreign travelers right now.
Air travel has been made much safer, and post-vaccination, you can feel much more confident about being in enclosed spaces as long as everyone is following CDC guidelines. (This includes waiting a full two weeks after your final vaccination shot before traveling!)
Travel With Care
Ultimately, it seems like as long as we take it slow and stay diligent with cleanliness and social distancing, we can slowly but surely start introducing travel back into our newly post-vaccinated lives.
Remember that it’s still important to follow all of your pre-vaccination routines as a courtesy to others. Not everyone can get vaccinated, and we won’t reach herd immunity anytime soon. So travel, but do it safely!
What are your best post-vaccination travel tips? Drop them in the comments for us!