How to stay safe and healthy while traveling for the holidays

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Whether you’re traveling by air or by car, don’t forget to pack the essentials to keep you safe.

For millions of Americans, COVID-19 brought their travel plans to a screeching halt, but with the holiday season approaching, some are thinking about venturing out again.

This year, there’s more to consider than just your destination.

If you decide to travel, don’t be fearful of plans. All commercial jetliners are equipped with HEPA filters that can block 99.7% of airborne microbes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cabin air is circulated vertically and refreshed every two to three minutes. Cabins are also scrubbed down between flights. Be sure to wear a face mask and try to keep a social distance of six feet when possible.

If you’re traveling by car, make as few stops as you can and prepare food to take with you. Use disinfectant cloths to wipe down any surfaces you touch, such as a nozzle to fill your gas tank.

Don’t forget to pack the essentials, and most importantly, while you’re staying safe, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the holidays.

While a growing number of countries are opening up international travel, many still have bans, and some states require you to self-quarantine for 14 days after you travel.

CDC: Traveling during the pandemic
CDC case tracker by state
States with travel restrictions
U.S. Dept. of State: International travel advisories

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