It has been a rough couple of years for spring-breakers. Travel restrictions and COVID warnings kept many families close to home. This year may be different. People are traveling again, and spring break destinations are ready for guests. Visit Orlando reports that hotel occupancy during spring break week is near pre-pandemic levels. Is it time for your family to take a trip? Let’s revisit spring break plans and talk about how to design a fun, yet safe, escape as winter winds down.
Where to go
Orlando remains a top destination for spring break travelers, especially for those with kids who want to visit theme parks. Others are flocking to the beach for some vitamin D or heading to the mountains to strap on the skis and take in the sights. Whether you’re planning something that takes you far away from the Hoosier state or prefer to check out what’s in your backyard, you can enjoy a memorable getaway during spring break.
As one COVID variant wanes and another peeks over the horizon, you may wonder how you can keep your family safe during your travels. Focus on these tips to stay healthy during your trip:
Know the local rules and regulations. Some destinations require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before you visit. Plan ahead to avoid problems at check-in.
Do your homework before you book travel. Be flexible and look for hotels, airlines, or vacation rental companies that offer flexibility to cancel if someone gets sick or infection rates soar.
Consider driving rather than flying. Most airlines have precautionary measures in place, but you’re still going to be exposed to a plane full of people when you fly. If it’s feasible, load the kids in the car, pack a cooler, and make the road trip part of the vacation.
Bring your masks and hand sanitizer. These simple steps not only protect you and others from COVID; they also help you avoid those common colds and other illnesses that can quickly put a damper on your vacation.
Spend as much time as you can outdoors. This may be simpler when you’re on a beach than if you picked a snowy destination for your vacation, but the fact remains that it’s easier to maintain social distance when you’re outdoors. Plus, the air is cleaner and constantly circulating.
What to pack
If you have a COVID self-test or two, throw one in your suitcase. That way, if someone starts showing symptoms, you don’t have to search for an elusive test. Stock a first aid kit, as well, with essentials like bandages and pain relievers and add a thermometer in case someone starts feeling ill.
Think back to what you packed in the pre-pandemic years. Those standards still apply. Remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, a list of your medications and all the chargers your family relies on so you don’t have kids fighting over a single cable. Don’t forget to check the expiration date on that sunscreen, as it starts to lose its effectiveness after about three years.
If 2022 is your family’s year to make new spring break memories, we support that. With proper precautions and planning, you and your family can stay safe and have fun. Bon voyage!