Tips and Tricks on How To Travel During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of daily life — including the way that we travel. During the peak of a pandemic, travel came to a virtual standstill. In fact, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization declared 100% of global destinations had implemented travel restrictions at the peak of the pandemic.
From hotel managers to airline CEOs, travel industry leaders scrambled to make adjustments. These included everything from offering hand sanitizer in hotel lobbies to implementing contact tracing apps to requiring masks on hotel premises and airlines. Airlines, in particular, have made substantial changes to help ensure their crew and passengers stay safe during their flight. If you’re preparing to travel, there are some important steps to follow to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Read on to learn more about how the travel industry has changed and best practices for traveling. You can also discover the must-have items for your travel kit (which include SmileMask’s clear mask).
Changes to the Travel Industry
Like many industries, the travel industry suffered as a result of COVID-19. Airlines canceled flights, countries closed borders, and travelers delayed their plans. A recent study by Oxford Economics examined the impact on the U.S. travel industry as a result of the coronavirus. They discovered that there was a 45% decline in industry revenue, which translates into roughly a $519 billion loss for the entire year for the industry.
One main shift from the pandemic was a heightened focus on health. Travelers sought to educate themselves on safety protocols, better hygiene, and safer booking experiences (such as self-check-in services). Most likely, some of these changes are going to stick around in a post-pandemic world. According to Forbes, “cleaning, sanitisation, protective equipment such as masks, screening tools such as thermal and infrared scanners, and reduced touchpoints and queuing will all shape the travel experience for some time.” From implementing these new regulations to keeping an eye on changing mandates, the travel industry is doing its part to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Updated Airline Procedures
The year 2020 was unprecedented in aviation history. According to Airlines to America, as of January 5, 2021, U.S. airline passenger volumes and airline departures were down 52% and 37%, compared to pre-pandemic levels. As the world is slowly but surely reopening, airports and airlines are still continuing to play it safe.
For instance, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a campaign called “Stay Healthy, Stay Secure.” This campaign details proactive and protective measures that TSA has implemented at security checkpoints to reduce the potential of exposure to the coronavirus. Travelers are encouraged to maintain social distancing, continue to wear masks and practice good hygiene. Similarly, airlines have also responded to the pandemic by increasing safety precautions. Some of these changes include modified boarding and deboarding processes, reduced contact/contactless in-flight service and mandatory mask requirements.
With travel starting to re-open to Americans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the go-ahead for Americans to travel within the United States. Furthermore, individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 now have permission to travel abroad to select countries. However, traveling isn’t the same as it was pre-pandemic, which means it’s important to take precautions when traveling.
If you’re preparing to go on a last trip for the summer, then it’s a good idea to pack a travel kit. You can include everything you need in your travel kit to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19. This kit can include travel-sized disinfectant wipes, a pack of antibacterial wipes and portable hand sanitizer. And — of course — you can’t forget to pack a mask. Choosing the right mask for you can be difficult. After all, you want something comfortable, as well as something that allows you to communicate effectively. Read on to learn why SmileMask is the perfect option to use while traveling.
Why Choose SmileMask
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that masks should be worn anytime you are traveling on a plane, train, bus, or other form of transportation into, within, or out of the United States. Masks help to ensure not only the safety of you, but also the safety of those around you.
While masks are critical, they can pose difficulties for communicating — particularly for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Traditional disposable or cloth masks limit the ability to pick up on facial expressions and nonverbal communication, all of which are essential for having fluid communication.
That’s why you should consider using SmileMask for all your travels. SmileMask offers an ADA-compliant clear mask that helps restore facial cues and expressions and enables you to read lips. Their limited edition, single-use masks are the perfect addition to your travel kit. This top-notch mask allows for visibility of the mouth and of smiles and filters more than 95% of bacteria and other harmful particulates.
Conclusion: The travel industry has changed because of COVID-19 and it’s up to us to do our part in ensuring we stay healthy and safe while traveling. A travel kit, complete with masks from SmileMask, helps keep you and your loved ones safe.
Anna Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.
United Nations World Tourism Organization - COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Oxford Economics - Corona Virus 2020 Impact
Airlines for America - Impact of COVID-19
TSA - Coronavirus
CDC - Travel NoticesCDC - Cloth Face Cover Guidance