Governments are relaxing COVID measures in many parts of the world. The use of masks is not always mandatory anymore, while fully vaccinated people are more and more free to travel. This raises the question: What personal measures can you take to stay safe while traveling?

The first step is for travelers to determine based on their health status what level of risk they are comfortable taking. Some countries allow people to remove their masks. Please keep in mind that wearing a mask is perfectly fine if the traveler feels more comfortable or safe. Wearing a face mask, however, will also protect those whose health is more vulnerable.

The same holds true for countries that no longer require travelers to take a test. If you are visiting crowded areas or people with health problems, you may want to be careful and take a test before leaving or meeting new people. Bring tests on a trip so that you can self-test before, for example, going out to dinner.

When traveling, it is a good idea to take a thermometer with you. In many cases, fever is the first sign that you or your travel companion have become ill. Be sure to check yourself frequently. The best thermometer to carry is a Temporal Artery Thermometer, which is easy to use and highly comfortable. All it takes to get a highly accurate reading of your body temperature is a gentle swipe of the thermometer across your forehead. In just a few seconds, you can see what your body temperature is. This is also an excellent tool to use when traveling with children. Checking their temperature will seem to them as a little game you’re playing with them. Even when they are asleep, you can check their temperature.

If you are planning a trip, study the measures taken by the country you will be visiting. You can find this information online. However, do not forget that you will have to return home as well. Make sure to check the security measures for travelers traveling to your country, especially if they have been in a high-risk country.

Last but not least, you might want to consider getting a booster before you travel. It clearly lowers the chance of getting hospitalized if you get infected with COVID-19 while traveling.

COVID-19 experts are convinced that the situation is improving in many parts of the world right now, but later this year, the situation may deteriorate again. Travelers should be cautious later this year. If you are in another country or city, stay away from other people as much as possible. However, even though social distancing is no longer necessary, it may be a good idea to keep your distance and avoid crowded places as much as possible.