2021 has arrived! I know we all can’t wait to depart for our favorite vacation spot, but the pandemic certainly has affected how we will be traveling for this year and likely the foreseeable future. If you’re worried about the risks of flying but don’t want to be locked at home this winter, then we’ve got some essential tips for you. Here’s VL Charter’s 10 tips to flyely safely in 2021:

  1. Research your destination. Before finalizing your travel plans, it’s a good idea to determine if Covid-19 has been spreading in your location of interest. Some countries also impose a strict quarantine period for those entering so you may have to spend most of your trip in a hotel, which can be very unpleasant if unexpected.

  2. Consider your traveling companion. Are you traveling with someone or looking to meet someone who is at an increased risk for Covid-19? Best to be extra careful when traveling around these individuals. In some cases it may be best to visit imunocompromised friends after the pandemic.

  3. Get tested. Testing has gotten quicker and easier so it can’t hurt to make sure you’re Covid-free before taking any big trips. No one wants to spend a vacation sick in bed, or worse, getting someone else sick.

  4. Find private transportation. Your journey begins the moment you step out of your house. We don’t recommend starting that journey on a bus or train. The less exposure you have to strangers, the more likely you are to stay safe and healthy. Keep it simple and take a private car straight to the airport.

  5. Fly private. It’s no secret that Covid-19 is spread through human contact so if you minimize your contact with others, you will inevitably be less likely to catch the virus. Flying private exposes you to vastly fewer people than any public airline, which will keep you safe.

  6. Follow Covid-19 protocols. By now you know the drill. Wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t cough on your friends or family, and stay 6 feet away from other people. We know it’s hard, but try not to touch your face unless your hands are clean. 

  7. Always wear your mask. Say it louder for the ones in the back: Keep your mask on throughout the entire flight (with the exception of food and drinks). Wearing a face covering is widely considered the key element in preventing Covid-19 spread so you better bring a comfortable mask.

  8. Bring extra supplies. There might be hand sanitizing stations installed on every corner now but it’s definitely a good idea to have extra in your carry-on. We recommend an extra mask on hand just in case your strap breaks. 

  9. Breathe easy. We know traveling is more stressful than ever during the pandemic but try not to stress. Almost all modern aircrafts have HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arrester) filters that filter 99.999% of all dust particles and airborne contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. If you find yourself feeling anxious, try doing some 478 breathing exercises. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and exhale for 8.

  10. Remember safety first. Even the best laid plans may need to be put to rest if illness strikes. Do not be afraid to postpone (dare I say cancel) your trip if you start to feel sick or someone you’ve been in contact with gets diagnosed with Covid-19. Your destination will still be there when you feel better and so will we.