RV Travel is one of the safest ways to vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 10 tips to make your RV travel safe during these weird times.
1. Check Local Travel Restrictions
Some places have travel restrictions that require quarantine requirements. Make sure you check the state and local government restrictions. Here’s the link to the CDC website for local health department guidelines.
2. Always wear a mask in public settings and pack extra disposable masks!
Most places we are traveling on the East Coast of the United States are requiring masks to be worn. We pack extra disposable masks in our tow vehicle and always carry one with us.
Do yourself and those that are working in the many open establishments to serve you and earn a living and just wear a mask!
3. Practice social distancing
Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who you don’t live with.
4. Avoid Public Bathrooms and Rest Stops
Try to limit the use of public bathrooms and rest stop facilities. This may be hard to do if your RV is not self-contained, but if there is no other choice make sure to wash your hands before and after you visit them for at least 20 seconds.
5. Carry hand sanitizer and wipes
Carry hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer wipes that contain at least 60% alcohol.
We’ve seen a lot of local distilleries that are being imaginative by creating their own brands of hand sanitizers. Consider purchasing these as a useful way to show your support!
6. Wash Your Hands Often
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds.
Remember before you leave your RV and after you return to thoroughly wash your hands.
7. Wear gloves when getting RV fuel
It’s always a good idea to wear gloves when getting fuel and this is especially important now. Also, consider wiping down the pump handle and buttons with disinfecting wipes. Make sure to dispose of the gloves immediately after use, preferably in the public trash cans.
8. Stock Your RV With Food
If possible, stock your RV with supplies and prepare your own food. If that is not possible, most restaurants now offer drive-through, take-out or curbside pick-up.
9. Clean and disinfect your RV frequently
The CDC has a list of hundreds of different disinfectants you can use to clean surfaces which you can find at COVID-19 Acceptable Disinfectants. Make sure to read labels carefully before use so you don’t damage RV surfaces.
10. STAY HOME OR GO HOME IF YOU ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS
For the sake of your family and the rest of us RV’ers, please immediately self-quarantine and get yourself tested if you are feeling any symptoms.
RV travel during the COVID-19 pandemic can be done safely if you follow some simple rules and use common sense!