Tips for a Safe Road Trip This Holiday Season
Looking for a safe, fun way to get out of the house this holiday season? If so, you might feel like your options are pretty limited. After all, everyone knows that traditional travel comes with extra risks this year, and spending a lot of time on a plane or in an airport isn’t exactly at the top of everyone’s to-do list. Fortunately, you can make holiday travel a little less risky by opting for a road trip!
In fact, out of everyone, people who live in tiny home setups like vans or trailers might have the easiest time traveling right now. You don’t have to worry about booking a hotel or interacting with a ton of people on your journey – you can just enjoy the open road and have a good, socially-distanced time. Tiny House Citizens offers the following tips for having a safe road trip this holiday season.
Prep Your Vehicle
The first safety measure for any road trip should be making sure your car is ready for the journey. Take your car to a mechanic for a tune-up to ensure there aren’t any major issues lurking. After all, you don’t want to wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere waiting for a several-thousand-mile tow. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also leave you stuck in dangerous conditions and exposed to more people than you’d originally planned.
If you plan to do any hiking or exploring on your trip, you should also take measures to protect your car. Talk to your mechanic about what kind of terrain you plan to drive on, and ask if you should consider changing tires before the trip. You can also pick up floor mats to protect your car’s floor from any dirt and grime you pick up on the trails. Small measures like this can go a long way toward keeping your car in good shape on a trip.
Make Minimal Populated or Indoor Stops
Normally, a road trip would be defined by stopping and checking out as many destinations as possible. Although you certainly can do that with a road trip this year, you should try to focus on outdoor, nature-driven stops rather than indoor attractions. Staying outside dramatically decreases your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, so these stops will be safer for you and everyone around you.
When it comes to bathroom stops, take caution. Wear a mask, and don’t linger any longer than you have to to get the job done. This is another point in favor of making this type of journey with a tiny home on wheels. Instead of needing to go in and out of dubiously cared for bathrooms, you can use your own and simply use safe dumping points along the way. Alternatively, you can set up a composting toilet before you go and create eco-friendly waste that can be put to use down the line.
Take a COVID-19 Test Before and After Your Trip
If you want to be as safe and cautious as possible for this trip, get a COVID-19 test before and after your journey. Test a week or so before and commit to strict quarantine between your test and your trip. If you test positive, stay home. If your test comes back negative, however, you should still be cautious on your trip to ensure you stay COVID-free.
Getting tested again once you’re back home will help catch a COVID-19 diagnosis early. This gives you the knowledge you need to take proper care of yourself and to stay away from others while you’re contagious. If you’d prefer not to get a test unless you’re feeling sick, follow strict self-isolation for two weeks once you’re home, and schedule a test if you develop any symptoms.
We’re all bursting to get out and explore the world right now, and many tiny home owners are uniquely equipped to do so. However, take care to be as cautious as possible. In doing so, you can ensure your holiday road trip keeps you and your loved ones safe.
Photo Credit: Pexels
You may also want to read: Comprehensive Guide to the Best Tiny House Books.
Subscribe to our free mailing list
to get the latest updates in your inbox!
SEARCH FOR COOL STUFF
Tiny House Citizens is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.