The pandemic has surprised many people on the road, while it also affected those staying in their homes. For a few months now, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to a slew of systematic changes in how people behave and live, which means that even avid travelers need to be mindful of their rights, restrictions, and the necessary precautions to stay safe.
In case you’ve been on the road when the news of the outbreak reached you and your country of residence implemented unique measures to prevent the spread of the virus, you’re not alone. Then again, if you feel this is a good time to hit the road and stick to your own specific social distancing strategy in the form of a road trip, here are a few tips to keep you safe.
Limit your risk of exposure
Awareness is the main factor in spreading the virus and reducing your risk of exposure. That said, you need to be mindful of what and when you touch different surfaces outside of your vehicle, and of course, you need to stick to those basic behavioral rules: don’t touch your face. It sounds simple enough, but most people have a hard time changing this single habit.
While you’re on the road, you’ll need to stop for gas, food, and your interactions, although limited, will still be a source of risk. In addition to reducing your pitstops, you can and should use protective gear such as masks and gloves. But also wash your hands as soon as possible upon interacting with others.
Obtain the right health insurance
Due to the outbreak, medical travel insurance policies are becoming more essential than ever. But it’s vital to take a close look at the offer before you sign, since not every policy will provide coverage for certain types of treatment, or in certain regions. Depending on your travel plans, your current coverage and other factors, you should directly check with your health insurance provider if you and your family members are covered during the outbreak.
Equip your RV with the right surveillance system
Safety doesn’t end or begin with hygiene, even though most people would assume so during the pandemic. However, as an RV driver, spending so much time on the road means that you need to prevent accidents and keep yourself and your family safe during your road trip. That said, installing an RV camera system with advanced customization features and excellent surveillance options is the best way to stay safe.
That way, you can adapt your cameras based on the size of your recreational vehicle, use an optimal number of cameras, and of course, use night vision and other features when it’s necessary for you to drive during the night. In some countries, more people will hit the road during the outbreak to escape the cities, and the stress of it all increases the risk of being on the road. So preventative surveillance helps you stay safe and keep others safe, too.
Stock up on disinfectants for yourself and your RV
Unlike the toilet paper frenzy that has the entire world dumbfounded, there’s a very real need for getting sanitizing products for people who travel and who are on the road. In this case, it’s not necessary to stockpile mounds of products. But calculate how much you’ll realistically need and use throughout the road trip. Getting more than you need only leaves others unprotected, which in turn doesn’t really do any good for you in terms of preventing possible viral infections. The more people can practice safe and reasonable sanitary and hygiene practices, the more people will slow down the pandemic.
That, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get enough of what you need. Based on your assessed travel needs, you should get enough sanitizers to keep your RV surfaces clean, wash your cutlery and kitchen utensils, clean your tech gadgets such as your phones, and of course, soap for washing your hands.
Learn about your dining options
When you drive an RV, you don’t need to rely on frequent rest stops and accommodation in the form of hotels or motels, which are now largely unavailable. However, despite reducing your pit stops to the bare minimum, you also need to make sure that you stick to the safest possible dining practices on the go. That said, restaurants and eateries are mostly closed to dine-in guests, which means that you should perhaps come up with alternative routes to take you by eateries that have takeout and drive-through options instead.
Perhaps that means taking a less scenic route or taking one or more detours. But you should plan your stops accordingly, and of course, schedule grocery shopping for cooking meals in your own vehicle. This is often the ideal option if you have the means to wash and clean your food, of course.
You don’t necessarily have to cut your road trip short just yet if you stick to these rules and the specific requirements of your government for the duration of the outbreak. It takes some time to adapt and make sure that your vehicle and your travel companions are all practicing the needed precautions, but as soon as you take control of the situation, you can make the most of the somewhat empty roads and enjoy the vistas while you stay safe and healthy on the go.