Hit The Road Travel Planner
There are several types of trips to take,
including solo road trips, family road trips, road trips with your significant
other and road trips with friends. Once you have narrowed down who’s on your
short list for travel buddy or buddies because more is always better is to
think about time spent on the road. Are you planning on a weekend getaway, or do
lingering COVID-19 concerns have you thinking more of a day trip close to home?
Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway with
your significant other to shake of the stir crazy vibes of being home, or
you’re taking a solo road trip to get out of the house for a day to take in
some fresh air, deciding who to travel with and how long you’ll be gone are the
first steps in the road trip planning process.
Where to Go
Most of the U.S. population was placed under a
stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order during the ongoing pandemic. With states
looking to “reopen” as cases begin to level off, road trip options will become
more and more readily available. Find out the latest on where states stand in their plans to
reopen so you can choose the best fit for your next on-the-road adventure.
Why a Van Rental
There’s no denying that travel has changed as a
result of the Coronavirus pandemic, but what mode of transportation is best for
you or your family? When it comes to air travel and public transportation,
you’re faced with more variables and less control over your situation. To
maintain social distancing and ensure guaranteed cleanliness on your trip a
rental van may be your best option. At AVR, now more than ever, we’re making it
easier for you and your family to rent a van with peace of mind and confidence.
Clean vehicles have always been important to us,
but at this moment in time, we know vehicle cleanliness is even more critical.
That is why we have modified our cleaning procedures to ensure our vehicles are
In addition, we are in the process to enhance
our vehicle delivery and contact less rental options to help promote
social distancing by getting you quickly on your way while avoiding foot
traffic in our locations. We're also urging travelers to please stay home if
you are ill, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
are currently under quarantine.
Ensuring your safety and the safety of others in
your group is our top priority during this difficult time.
What to Pack
Now more than ever, it's important to pack up
your car with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, sanitizing spray, face masks,
gloves, and maybe even a thermometer. And keep practicing good and frequent handwashing.
If you can, pack your own snacks and drinks so
you reduce the need to go into rest stops and expose yourself to others.
AAA also suggests you travel with all necessary
travel documentation, including health insurance cards.
Furthermore, the agency recommends storing an
emergency kit in your car. The list includes: car charger for your cell phone,
first-aid kit, blanket, drinking water and snacks for everyone including pets,
flashlight with extra fresh batteries, rags or paper towels, basic tools
including duct tape, road flares or reflectors, ice scraper or snow brush,
jumper cables, traction aid (sand, salt), tarp, raincoat, and a shovel.
These items, obviously, won't be applicable to
everyone reading this. But as with everything, use your best judgment and
common sense. Be realistic about your plans and where you are going.
Plan Your Route
Choosing attractions to visit is one of the best
parts of planning a road trip. Maybe you will have a beach day filled with surf
and sun. Or maybe you’ll spend your day hiking a scenic trail in one of the
country’s most popular national parks (National Park Service COVID-19 update). No matter where you go, it’s important to
plan your route so you can maintain the best cleaning and disinfecting
practices during your travels.
Despite many places opening back up
for business in the US, this does not signal an end to the pandemic. You can still
contract the virus, which is why it's especially important to plan ahead.
Map out which roadways and states
you will pass through, recommends AARP. There might be relevant travel advisories
you need to be aware of, such as changes to toll collection and rest-area food
According to Jeanette Casselano, a
AAA spokesperson, it's also especially important to call ahead and confirm
which attractions (such as any local attractions or theme parks) and hotels are
"You will want to understand
capacity limits and, where possible, make reservations in advance," she
Prices Are at Record Lows
Low gas prices are another benefit
of this year’s road trips, with per gallon
averages just under $2, the lowest it’s been in the last five years. An
app like GasBuddy helps
road trippers with fuel prices, routes, and budget planning. Overall travel
costs can be managed more easily on a driving trip, too. For example, a well-stocked cooler will help you save a
significant amount on purchasing water, soft drinks, snacks, and meals.
When it’s time for to stop for a
meal and some rest, a full-service roadside complex will be welcome. With a
presence in 45 states, Cracker Barrel is a favorite for its food and homey
atmosphere. Their published COVID-19 guidelines
and cleaning practices make it a good option as well. Pilot Flying J also details their safety
measures and offers fuel, food, showers, and truck stop services.