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9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

After spending nearly three months on lockdown with these kids and with summer swiftly approaching, you may be wondering whether or not it will be safe to venture out for a brief getaway at some point before the fall. Numbers are dropping significantly, but COVID-19 is still a very real threat. So what does this mean for travel? The experts are saying it’s okay to travel but it’s all about using common sense and taking proper precautions.

“It’s OK to have fun, (but) do it safely,” Saad Omer, director of Yale Institute for Global Health in New Haven, Connecticut, told Today. “You just need to strike a balance.”

Here are nine tips for planning the COVID-safe mommy getaway that you very much deserve.

Keep it small

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to keep your travel group small. The more people you travel with, the greater the possibility you have of contacting coronavirus during your excursion.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Drive

While a lovely vacation on a beautiful island sounds like a dream come true after being on lockdown with the kids for several months, it’s probably better to stay local and choose a destination that is within driving distance. Although the curve is flattening, COVID-19 is still a very real threat, and flying or traveling by train can increase your chances of contracting the virus. Further, you’ll want to pick a destination that will require minimal stops for gas and restroom use.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Choose your destination wisely

You’ll want to check the infection and hospitalization rates for your destination. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid areas that are experiencing spikes. Further, you’ll want to check to see if there are traveler quarantine orders in effect in that area.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Bring your own food (and wine!)

While you probably want a break from cooking, it’s a good idea to pack food for the road to cut down on the number of times that you need to stop while in transit. It’s also a good idea to either have groceries delivered to your destination or bring them with you as you’ll want to avoid public places and crowds as much as possible.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Pack plenty of PPE

While you likely need a break from all things COVID, be sure to bring plenty of personal protective equipment just in case you come in contact with strangers on your excursion.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Quarantine first

If possible, you and your travel buddies should commit to a two-week quarantine before the trip. This will help you to protect one another and your families from potential infection

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Disinfect your rental

When you arrive at your rental home, it’s a good idea to do a thorough cleaning and disinfect all surfaces as a safety precaution. According to research, coronavirus can live up to three days on some surfaces so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Choose a private rental instead of a hotel

To limit the number of people you come in contact with, consider staying in a private rental home or condo as opposed to a hotel. Hotels have a lot of common areas that you’ll want to avoid.

9 Tips For Planning A COVID-Safe Mommy Getaway

Bring your own linen

As an additional precaution, you’ll want to consider bringing your own towels, washcloths, bed sheets, and comforters. According to Cleveland Clinic, it’s not exactly clear how long coronavirus can live on fabric, so it’s best to cover yourself.