- Check the state or city health department travel guidance for your visit and along your route. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.
- State or city governments may enact travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantine upon arrival, or even state or border closures.
- Talk with your doctor before you go, especially if you are 65 years or older or have medical issues.
- Do a pre-trip check on your car and tires. Fewer roadside services may be available and you may become stranded if you have car troubles.
- Clean your car, especially the steering wheel, safety belts, door handles, and the fob or keys you use to start the car.
- Pack plenty of charging cords and external batteries for electronic devices. If your car’s navigation system contains emergency calling, enable it.
- Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, including high-protein foods that will not go bad.
For each traveler, pack:
- Cloth face coverings
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- A restroom break kit including: bars of soap, paper towels for drying hands and using it to open doors, toilet seat covers, hand sanitizer, and wipes when soap and water are not available.
If you need to stop for food, gas, or supplies:
- One traveler should engage with store employees.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after returning to your car.
- Use cloth face coverings.
- Wait to use the restroom until after you pump gas, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Wear gloves while you pump gas and throw them away.
Planning your trip:
- Call the hotel, restaurant, or rest area to make sure they are open, as many may have reduced hours. Do not rely on a website’s information.
- Read the fine print and understand your lodging’s cancellation rules.
- Ask about refund options for hotels or rental properties ahead of your trip.
- Book directly with your hotel or lodging establishment.
After you return from travel:
After you return, check yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. You should check for symptoms even if you followed the recommendations above.
Stay home as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
- Check your symptoms:
- Check your temperature twice daily
- Write down your symptoms
- If you develop symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, call your doctor.
- Self-monitor, limited quarantine, and logging your daily symptoms information.
source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services