Safe and Eco-Conscious Summer Travel Tips

As the country begins reopening, we know you’re itching to vacation after months of lockdown. Many states suggest guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus, such as wearing masks or maintaining a six-foot distance. Taking your own precautions can help to further protect yourself and others. Read on to find out how to safely vacation this season and discover our top four eco-conscious summer travel tips for happy, healthy adventuring.

1.Up in the Air

Flying to your destination? Make sure to follow the guidelines set by the airport or airline. Most require face masks, and some use temperature checks to verify good health before flying. Many airports prioritize deep cleaning, fogging planes with disinfectants and wiping down surfaces. Still, TSA allows passengers to bring up to 12 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer for added safety. We love this all-natural Hand and Surface Sanitizer from Sud Source ($12 – $30), available in 2 oz. to 16 oz. bottles. Each contains 70% organic ethyl alcohol (which meets the CDC’s guidelines) and includes germ-fighting essential oils like pink grapefruit and sweet orange. For a more compact option, try On Board Organic Skincare’s Organic Hand Sanitizer ($9.99). Free of harsh chemicals, these handy 2 oz. bottles fight germs with organic ingredients, including 70% ethyl alcohol, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, glycerin, and water. 

2.Beneath the Stars

Lemongrass Tea bar soap from CBD Skincare Co. ($12)

If camping is your ideal vacation, you’re in luck: most campgrounds already feature a six-foot space or more between campsites, making social distancing a breeze. Use the National Park’s index to find open parks or campgrounds and to determine local safety guidelines. Travel with small groups when possible, avoiding heavily populated areas and close-contact activities. When it comes to public restrooms, try to choose single-stalled, well-ventilated locations. Sanitize toilets before and after use, and wash hands or sanitize thoroughly afterward. Carry your own hand soap when possible, like this all-natural bar from CBD Skincare Co. ($12), which features antiseptic lemongrass oil that helps keep bugs at bay.

3.Under the Covers

Most hotels are ramping up cleaning efforts during summer season travel. Some have closed heavily used areas, like pools and gyms, so make sure to double-check before booking. Browse online or call ahead to see how your lodging plans to keep employees and guests safe. Discover whether your establishment follows the Safe Stay guidelines for added peace of mind. No matter what their approach, remember to wash your hands regularly and sanitize surfaces often while in your room and around the property.

4.On the Road

Naturally Scented, Non-Toxic Home and Car Deodorizers from NoHo Candle Co. ($9 each)

Long car rides can get stale. Keep spirits lifted with Non-Toxic Home and Car Deodorizers from NoHo Candle Co. ($9 each). Choose from popular scents like Black Sea, Coconut, Gypsy Kush, and Urban Oud. Handmade from a mixture of medical-grade plaster and phthalate-free fragrance oils, these deodorizers last for about two months – perfect for the summer season. Plus, try the Classic Travel Tin Candle ($16) to add a touch of home to your hotel room or Airbnb. Sweet scents like Pomelo Mint Blossom, Passion Cake, and Veil of Flowers relax and delight after a day of exploration. NoHo candles are vegan, chemical-free, and made from American-grown soybeans and coconut wax for a clean burn.

Ready to plan your next adventure? Before you pack, make sure to browse our top eco-summer essentials – read more about them here.