Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here are some travel tips – The George-Anne

With just a few hours before Thanksgiving break begins, The George Anne spoke with Michele Martin, associate director of student wellness and health promotion, about some last minute tips for our trips.

“Depending on where you are traveling, you want to check out any travel restrictions that might exist in that location,” said Martin. “You want to check into that state and what travel restrictions might exist before you go.”

“It’s always, always, always good but even more important this year, to get your flu shot before you travel,” Martin explained. “The flu and COVID-19 will have some similar symptoms. If you have a flu shot, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to get the flu. It doesn’t mean you’re not going to get Covid-19. But it does mean that if you get them—both of them—you are less likely to have a severe case. And if you got COVID-19, you went to the doctor then they would have reason to believe you had [COVID-19] versus the flu.”

When it comes to the actual journey, Martin encourages us to maintain social distancing, wear our face masks in public settings or when traveling in a vehicle with someone we don’t live with and limiting food and restroom stops to cut down on the amount of risk. 

“Bring extra supplies with you. Maybe bring some extra hand sanitizer, bring some extra masks, so that you don’t leave yourself hanging,” said Martin.

Martin added that precautions shouldn’t stop once you arrive at your destination.

“If you are traveling