The fact of the matter is that while much of the world continues to cut back on travel in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, some families simply can’t eliminate travel altogether. Between trips to the store for necessities, unavoidable doctor visits, or finding sanctuary with isolated relatives, some travel can’t be compromised. So how can you keep your family as safe as possible during the occasional but inevitable outing or trip? We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help keep traveling sanitary and have a little fun along the way - even in the midst of a pandemic.
Build a Travel Safety Kit
Sometimes, and especially as parents, trips and errands surprise us. And if we’re running late or scrambling to get out the door, it can be especially easy to forget the essentials like a mask or hand sanitizer. Take the time to create a travel safety kit that stays in your car and contains all of the essentials for safe, sanitary travel. As an added bonus, you can include things that cause common hangups while on the road like snacks or entertainment for little ones. You can even invite them to join in on the fun by packing a few of their favorite car-essentials. Here are a few ideas for what to include in your travel safety kit:
- Extra disposable masks
- Sanitizing wipes
- Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
- Vitamin C or immunity packs
- Water bottles
- Kid-friendly snacks
- Spare toys for entertainment
Beat the Crowd & Combine Trips
If you’re able to plan ahead for your errands and outings, try to schedule them back-to-back during a time of day that typically sees low volumes of shopper traffic. By combining errands, taking advantage of curbside or contactless pickup, sanitizing frequently, and shopping during a time that sees fewer crowds, you can cut down significantly on the number of opportunities for exposure. And as an added bonus, you’ll probably spend less time waiting in lines.
Simplified Sanitizing: Trunk Edition
If you’re a parent, you know that your trunk is a crucial tool when it comes to errands. It houses strollers, diaper bags, keeps grocery bags out of reach of little hungry hands, and sometimes keeps our pets contained in the car. So how can you cut down on any cross contamination between trips? You wouldn’t want your grocery bags resting on the debris left behind by dirty stroller tires, or your diaper bag sitting in the same spot that your four legged friend took a drooly nap. Trunk mats can be useful but are hard to clean and sanitize between trips...until now.
Investing in a one-of-a-kind washer- and dryer-friendly trunk mat is one of the easiest ways to eliminate cross contamination between outings. Built to withstand the heat of a dryer and compact enough to fit in a standard washing machine, a Lessy Messy trunk mat makes it easy to unload your cargo, sanitize the mat, and return it to your vehicle. With your trunk protected, your sanity preserved, and your family healthy, you can enjoy more peace of mind.
Did you find these tips helpful? What else does your family do to stay safe during outings and while traveling? Send us an email, tag us on social media, or use #mylessymessy to tell us about your safe travel hacks!