All the questions to ask yourself before planning a summer trip -- with answers from the CDC, too

If your family must take a trip, would you know what to bring?

Anyone ready for a road trip, or are you waiting until the COVID-19 threat has officially passed?
Anyone ready for a road trip, or are you waiting until the COVID-19 threat has officially passed? (Simon Matzinger/Pexels stock image)

As states slowly start to reopen, you might be tempted to re-book that trip you had to cancel earlier in the year -- as the coronavirus pandemic put most, if not all, non-essential travel on hold.

So, where should you go? Is flying safe? What about camping?

There are a LOT of considerations. And quite frankly, a lot of decisions will likely come down to what you, or your friends and family, are comfortable with, or where exactly you intend to visit and what the COVID-19 situation looks like there -- either now, or in the coming weeks, months or even the next year. A lot of circumstances remain fluid as we continue to learn more about coronavirus numbers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for its part, has said that COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. “Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick,” CDC experts advised on this website.

But they still put together some considerations, likely assuming that people would travel anyway.

So we’ll go through some of their recommendations, to perhaps anticipate some of your summer travel questions.

Think about: Where are you going? Where are you coming from?

You should be aware that you could get infected while traveling. Of course, you could contract coronavirus in your hometown too, it’s just never smart to assume you’re out of the woods, anywhere (well, unless you’re going to Antarctica). Also, ask yourself: Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you could bring it to others while traveling.

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