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As the virus rages on, people are starting to leave home on trips. Their motives can be work or holiday related. After months of separation from loved ones, it’s understandable that meetings are being arranged.

While travel continues to be a health risk, it cannot be avoided. If you are unable to stay home, there are security guidelines to minimize your risk of infection during this time away.

Avoid Large Crowds
Large crowds remain dangerous places in which you could be exposed. If you are traveling, try to avoid busy check-out lines or packed sidewalks. Make your visits to stores quick, always wearing a face mask. If you’re attending a family gathering, it’s worth asking how many people will be there and what the risk of contagion is.

Keep Masks Handy
Even though we are advised to wear them every day, it’s easy to forget our face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer while in a hurry with preparations. Think ahead by storing masks and bottles of sanitizer in your car or carry-on bag. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have no protection.

Choose Your Travel Date
If you’re going to travel, be careful about the date of departure. It might be wise to avoid scheduling your vacation during the holiday season, when thousands of people will be crossing the country. In the commotion, some of these travelers might be unprotected or infected with the virus. Wait until after the holidays and have a late gathering when the chaos fades.

Drive, Don’t Fly
If you can choose a road trip to your destination rather than going on an airplane, it will save you and your family from a great deal of exposure. Traveling in your car keeps you away from crowds of strangers, offering extra protection. The roads to your destination might be icy, so don’t forget safety measures for winter road trips.

Traveling offers the chance to visit dear ones and make new memories. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your travels are safe for yourself as well as the people you are visiting.