I think you all know where I stand. We have been very COVID safe for over two years, because of pregnancies and babies, and immune-compromised loved ones. We still see loved ones and friends, celebrate holidays, go shopping, send our kids to school, and attend important events, band concerts, rock concerts, and more. I don’t take it lightly, and I feel confident in keeping my little family safe. Oops, did I say little? I meant BIG! Well this is a big summer for this BIG family. The kids have camp, camp plays, tutoring, play dates, and more. And we are traveling, oh yes. This will be our first summer in three years (if can you believe that?) with both road trips and plane trips. There’s just too much living to do. We have a big, fun family wedding coming up in Minneapolis, and we are doing some New England and tri-state area road trips too. Maybe even midwest. So I want to make sure I’m giving the best advice here, and the best advice I can give, is the advice that I take. I’m proud of what we are doing. This is how we’re rolling, and flying:
Tips for Traveling Safely in Summer 2022:
1 – Buy a COVID-19 Test Kit:
If you want to protect yourself and your loved ones while traveling this summer, you’ll want a GREAT COVID-19 test kit. We have the Lucia Check It tests. They provide PCR-quality accuracy in 30 minutes or less. In fact, we set a timer and it was EXACTLY at the 30 minute mark that we got the negative test result for my 10-year-old. He was going to spend the day with his grandparents at the lake and it was important for us to test him first. Lucira Check It is the first and only FDA authorized single-use molecular home test, and it is 98% accurate compared to one of the highest sensitivity lab PCR tests*. You can get results in as fast as 11 minutes for a positive result and 30 minutes for a negative result. This test can detect all COVID-19 variants of interest and concern, including Omicron and all BA subvariants of concern.
2 – Pack the Right Things:
Even when my kids are just going out for a day, or even a few hours, I always have them pack a mask. You never know when you will need one, or when someone will feel more comfortable with you wearing one. And honestly, why wouldn’t you do so if you’re making someone feel more comfortable? We are going away soon and are making sure to pack weather and age-appropriate clothing, options for inclement weather, and food/water. We still don’t eat indoors, especially with young babies, and toddlers get very hungry. I always pack snacks and water (or breastmilk/formula) for everyone in our family. And of course, we are packing COVID-19 tests this summer. Travel is difficult these days, and everywhere you go may have different restrictions or obstacles. It’s best to be prepared.
3 – Plan Your Vaccines:
In our home, it’s important to be current with flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines, as long as they’re age-appropriate. If you travel to other countries, you may need to speak with your doctor about country-specific vaccines. We are flying in late summer, and both my husband, my older son, and my middle son are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. We are trying to make it so that they are protected before the flight. As for the newborn, I’m making sure I’m current with my vaccines, since I’m nursing, and he has already received his two month shots.
4 – Book a Clean Hotel:
When booking a hotel room, you should research the hotels that you can choose from. It is important that you stay in a hotel with great reviews and high ratings. It will make you more likely to have a pleasant and stress-free stay at your destination! If you want to save a lot of money, look for hotels with a free internet connection and free breakfasts. In case you are on a really tight budget, you should look for a hotel room with a kitchen. That way, you will be able to make your own food and save tons of money. Lastly, you should book your hotel room at least a few months in advance. You can easily go online and find the best extended stay hotels in New Orleans, for example. Such hotels offer amenities that regular hotels don’t, such as daily room service, equipped kitchen, self-serve laundry, etc.
5 – Be Prepared for Anything:
This means to pack smart and be prepared, and it’s especially true with COVID-19. We always pack some must-haves, like hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, high protein snacks, medications, diabetes testing supplies, facial moisturizer, sunscreen (remember, you maybe have been cooped up a long time), eye masks, earplugs or headphones, extra sweaters, and water. And of course, Lucia Check It tests.
Our experience using it was very positive, as it’s easy to use. We followed the instructions directly, and felt confident that we were using accurate tests. We had a COVID exposure last week, and wanted to make sure Des had a negative test before visiting with family.
*Excluding samples with very low levels of virus (>37.5 Ct), Lucira Community Testing Study 07A-CLI 006 Fall 2020 and Lucira Community Testing Study 07A-CLI 007 Winter 2021 (n=394)