Travel – it’s something that may be occupying the minds of many individuals at the moment, and when the excitement of preparing for a trip after so many months without one takes over, there’s a few important things that we must not let slip from our minds…especially now more than ever. Today’s post is sponsored by Big Yellow Self Storage and makes sure that in the midst of everything that is going on in the world currently, you will still be prepared for taking that first trip post lockdown.
The situation is changing regarding travelling and meeting up with people. It’s a strange time to be living through, because in some ways things seem to be moving very slowly, while other things change so fast it’s hard to stay up to date.
Getting ready to fly is no longer simply a question of a quick online booking then off to the airport. For the time being, there are a few more things to bear in mind as we make future holiday preparations.
Double Check the Rules and Regs
From all accounts, flying will be a totally different experience from the one we’re used to. Some sources are predicting longer waits at airports and borders, and we can expect more rigorous health checks. Others are predicting a relaxation on the quantity of liquids we can carry because we’re all going to want to take plenty of hand sanitiser.
With the risk of intermittent, localised lockdowns occurring following outbreaks, it will become even more vital to keep a close eye on what’s happening in industry, in aviation, in import and immigration regulations, and in travel restrictions. The phrase ‘new normal’ has firmly entered our language, and these extra precautions are going to be part of that as we start trying to live again.
Keep your ear to the ground, constantly checking what’s happening with your planned flight. Be aware of what’s going on and how it may affect your personal circumstances, and be ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.
Travel insurance is one area to pay special attention to. Some companies are removing pandemic cover so doublecheck exactly what your policy includes and excludes.
Review Home Security
Take a fresh look at home insurances too and make sure they’re still relevant, covering everything you need them to. Preparations for making your home secure while you’re away haven’t changed much, but in the excitement of being able to plan a trip again it’s easy to overlook things on the home front.
- Don’t forget to let neighbours know when you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your place. You could invest in some timers for the lights, so they’ll come on at dusk and create the impression of someone being at home.
- Check your fences and gates to make sure they’re still in good condition, and double check locks and padlocks. If you don’t normally keep your gates padlocked, now might be a good time to invest in some.
- Storage is important, so it’s always a good idea to put valuables out of sight so casual passers-by can’t see expensive equipment, ornaments and artworks on display. If you’re concerned about keeping your precious things safe, self storage is a sound option. It’s not expensive, and is quick and easy to arrange a self storage room or locker for a week or two for peace of mind.
- Don’t forget your pets. You may need to make sure people are allowed to enter your home if you normally use a pet sitter. Otherwise find out if kennels or catteries are open, and make sure vaccinations are up to date.
Research Your Destination
Few, if any, places have escaped contact with the virus, and all countries have their own ideas on how to restart tourism and what they expect from visitors. The situation is complicated because often you’ll hear one set of regulations one day, then hear it’s changed the following day. It seems to depend on the perceived risk factor at any given moment. This includes the risk you may be taking to your destination country as well as the risk that the country poses to you.
As we go through recovery, hotspots are likely to move around a bit before things become more settled, with restrictions tightening and releasing depending on the local situation.
Does any of this mean we shouldn’t travel? No, but it does mean we have to get used to a new way of planning and preparing.
Keep up to speed with local and international news, monitor your airline for changes and make sure your paperwork (insurances, passports, health certificates etc.) are up to date. All that done, you’ll be more than ready to fly again as soon as it’s allowed.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the madness. I know when I’m preparing for my first trip post lockdown I will be filled to the brim with excitement, but remember to think of the above, in doing so you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and you can truly enjoy your trip wherever it may be.
*This post was sponsored by Big Yellow Self Storage*