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Traveling After the COVID19 Pandemic: 5 Things Needed to Travel Safely

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If you are thinking of traveling after COVID19, we’d like to share 5 things needed to travel safely.  While the local COVID-19 pandemic has technically only been out of control for a couple of months, there’s no denying that it already feels like a couple of years.  When I’m cooped up inside away from my friends or family, even the treat of working from home has already become mundane.  When the pandemic has passed, or at least somewhat settled down, the travel industry is going to explode.

Here are 5 things to pack to travel safely when you inevitably join the migration.

  • A Fashionable Face Mask or Face Covering
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Even after things have gone back to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re never truly going to be the same.  One of the biggest differences we’re going to see is that face masks or face coverings like bandanas or headbands are going to remain commonplace.

To save yourself some money and to look great while you’re on the road, pick up a reusable ear loop face mask or even one of the countless bandana styles from Hoo-Rag.  I love it when I receive a nod from a fellow Texan because of my stylish flag face mask bandana.

  • Travel First Aid Kit

When you’re on the road, always ensure you have some sort of travel first aid kit in your car or backpack.  While simple things such as bandages and paracetamol should be staples, there are a few extras you need to consider after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use the following list as a simple first aid checklist:

  • Bandages, bandaids, gauze, tapes and any scissors required to cut each to size.
  • Antibacterial and antiseptic creams or ointments to place on small wounds.
  • Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Cold and flu tablets or lozenges including antihistamines for allergies.
  • Imodium for reasons that I don’t need to explain if you’ve ever been sick while in transit.

While this is in no way a complete list of first aid items, it contains the staples required for any travel kit.  Whatever you do, don’t forget any prescriptions or location specific medications unique to you.

  •  Your best Multipurpose Tech Item
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I know that you travel to get away from your devices, but in today’s post pandemic world, you’re going to have to keep a phone on you to be safe.  I’d recommend packing a multipurpose tech device that solves multiple problems, all in the one device. 

Whether that’s staying in contact with loved ones, taking photos while you’re making travel memories, or to just play some games while you’re having some down time to yourself.  Any smart phone these days will do all of the simple jobs I’ve mentioned here, as well as so much more.  

  • Hand Sanitizer

Whether you’re a germaphobe or not, it’s simply polite to sanitize your hands when you step into stores or restaurants after being outside.  Pack a pump bottle of hand sanitizer that you can place in any of the external backpack pouches and use it when you enter any new doors.  Having some alcohol wipes for surfaces such as restaurant tables or rest stop stools are never a bad idea either.

Now that the initial panic buying hype has died down, all of these sanitizing items can be easily picked up from your local supermarket for no more than a few dollars each.

  • Travel Pillow

I’m going to round out my 5 things to pack to travel safely after the COVID-19 pandemic with a tried and true travel pillow.   Travel pillows are the ultimate comfort item.   If you’ve ever tried to catch up on sleep while you’re in transit, you’ll know these are a godsend.

Your body just isn’t designed to sleep while sitting up, so if you can get a pillow that helps support your neck while keeping you comfortable, you’re going to thank yourself.

Travel during and these challenging times is necessary for some but a choice for others.  Regardless of your reasons for traveling, we hope our list of 5 things needed to travel safely will come in handy.

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Don’t Mask the Truth: Teaching Your Kids About COVID

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Teaching your kids about COVID is extremely important.  Everybody’s learning how to cope with the new normal. But when we have children and we want to protect them in one respect but also make sure that we don’t smother them, we’ve got to use our words to ensure that they understand what is going on. And young minds can easily overthink but we’ve also got to remember that they deserve to know about what is going on. Naturally, children can be worried about their grandparents or even about you. They may even worry about themselves and this is why we’ve got to learn to teach our children about COVID in the right ways. How can we do this?

Deal With Your Anxieties

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If you feel anxious or panicky, it is not the best opportunity to speak to your children about what is happening. We have to remember that our children will pick up on our anxieties. If we are constantly checking our online shopping to see if there are disinfectant wipes in stock because of people panic buying them, it’s these little problems that we need to deal with. Because of all the anxiety that’s going around when we decide to speak to our children, we need to keep ourselves in check. 

Encourage Their Questions

They want to know what is going on. And depending on their age, their questions can be incredibly serious or incredibly silly. If they are wondering if their favorite ice cream store is going to close for this could be the pinnacle of their concerns. Whatever their concerns, you need to help your children be heard and get across the facts in a reassuring manner as best as possible.

Don’t Avoid Questions

You may not know an answer, and while there’s a lot of uncertainty flying around you have to remember that if you aren’t comfortable saying “I don’t know,” your children will pick up on this. Even if there is a lot of uncertainty we have to remember that we can teach our children how to put up with uncertainty. Our children can learn to tolerate this and it is a fantastic way to reduce anxiety in their lives as well as build up resilience. As difficult as it can be to endure the unknown, do your best to be comfortable telling them you don’t know the answer.

Focus on How You Are Keeping Safe

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With the sheer amount of anxiety and negativity in the air, we can empower ourselves and our children by making them know what we are doing to keep ourselves safe. Giving them some control over the situation will give them a better sense of resilience. And we can do this in little ways. We could let our children choose masks for the family or sing something different while washing our hands rather than just “Happy Birthday.” Giving our children some control over the situation means that they are helping everyone to stay safe, which means that they are increasing their mental strength.

It is not an easy situation, but we have to remember that as long as we have an open and honest dialogue with our children we can help to reduce their (and our) anxiety.

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Spice up Your Life – 5 new Hobbies to try While You’re Stuck in Lockdown

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Today we want to talk about new hobbies to try while you’re stuck in lockdown.  The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone staying home these days, and as such, life has gotten a tad boring and stale. Since we’re not able to get out and about as much to do the things we enjoy, now’s the perfect time to start a new hobby – one you can do from home. 

Not only do hobbies stimulate your creative side, but they’re also a great way to relieve stress and improve your mental well-being – something we all could use during these difficult times. 

So, if you’re looking to spice things up a little, try one of these new hobbies while you’re stuck in lockdown. 

  1. Channel Your Inner Chef
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If you’ve ever wanted to explore your love of cooking, now’s the perfect time. With plenty of time on your hands and a plethora of tutorial videos and recipes online, you’re bound to find your inner chef. 

What? You don’t have the proper cookware to create a mouthwatering meal? Not a problem – the Internet is full of retailers with stunning kitchenware packages at surprisingly good prices. 

  1. Discover Your Roots

While many of us are isolated from our loved ones, it’s a comfort to know we can learn more about each other, even when we can’t be together. Thanks to online sites like the National Archives and Open University, you can research things like census information, military backgrounds, immigration and naturalization info, and land records for anyone. Just be careful because a few minutes of research can easily turn into hours when you get into genealogy. 

  1. Take Up Yoga or Meditation

If the pandemic has you feeling more anxious than normal, you’re not alone. Millions of people are feeling the same way these days. What works to relieve that anxiety, however, is an oldy but a goody, and lockdown is the perfect time to take it up. Set the atmosphere by clearing out as much space in your living room, put on some relaxing music, and light up a few incense sticks. Smells like lavender, myrrh, and Nag Champa can help you with this. Especially the mysterious Nag Champa which was used in Buddhist temples for some time now, it’s origin is very interesting and explained in this Zamnesia article.  Yoga and meditation do wonders for helping the mind and body relax so you can cope with the chaos of the outside world. Thankfully, learning these new hobbies is as easy as turning on YouTube. 

Check out Yoga with Adriene for instructional videos that range from beginner to advanced. Adriene likes to combine yoga and meditation practices so you’re sure to find the peace and serenity you seek in today’s crazy world. 

  1. Explore Your Artistic Side
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Depending on your age, you may remember Bob Ross, the art instructor who hosted The Joy of Painting back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. While Bob’s show is long gone, there are plenty of instructional art shows on TV and online to help you explore your artistic side. 

The nice thing about learning a new skill at home is you don’t have to worry about how your painting or drawing looks to anyone else. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, that’s all that matters during your lockdown learning. 

  1. Get Crafty

The world is your proverbial oyster when it comes to DIY crafting. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, do cross-stitch, or fold origami, there’s no better time than quarantine to get crafty. 

You can purchase starter kits and patterns online, and with hundreds of crafting sites full of how to’s and instructional videos, it’s almost impossible to not find something fun that gets your creative juices flowing. If you get really good at it, you may even be able to sell your creations online

Lockdown can be a stressful time, but if you use it to take on a new hobby, you’ll be surprised at how fast it actually goes.  Hopefully, the list above gives you some inspiration for making the most of quarantine. 

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Necessary Precautionary Measures to Take When Visiting Public Places

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With the current happenings worldwide, how things used to operate has changed. There are rules you should try and practice to protect yourself against the COVID virus. Hence, listed below are some necessary precautionary measures to adhere to in public places.

When Going to Your Local Eatery

Since everyday activities have started to resume normal, you may want to treat yourself in your local restaurant or café. However, before heading out, try and check your local joint’s health and safety measures. For instance, do the staff clean and disinfect the places regularly. The restaurant should also have proper ventilation that allows air circulation. It’s also best to ensure the eating tables are strategically set apart to prevent close contacts.

 When you are required to line up to get a service, you should maintain a safe distance by standing two meters apart from the next customer.

Visiting the Gym

Currently, the mode of doing things has changed. Hence, before heading out to the gym, you can check to see if your gym only allows a specific number of people. An excellent gym should ensure its member currently book slots to get training.

Another vital measure is to ensure the gym is clean all the time. It’s best to ensure the gym disinfects its equipment such as weight machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, and pulley machines. It’s also best to confirm the rules concerning common shared spaces such as the bathroom and locker room.

Your gym should ensure it encloses the training equipment’s such that each has a barrier to maintain social distancing. It’s best to protect yourself by staying and training at home if you have a higher risk of contracting the virus.

Visiting the Saloon and Barber Shops

Precautionary Measures to Take When Visiting Public Places

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Visiting beauty parlors is one of the high-risk areas of contracting the virus. However, with essential precautionary measures, you will be safe. It’s necessary to make an appointment and book your space to avoid overcrowding. Also, you can only go for mandatory services that you can’t have within your home. For instance, essential services such as washing your hair and blow-drying you can do at home.

For those services, you must get at the facility, ensure the saloon staff practice proper measure. For example, certify the staff attending to you put on a face cover such as printed face masks or blank face masks. Ensure also, the staff disinfects the tools such as chairs, rollers, and combs. Besides, the employees must also wear gloves which they have to replace when attending the next customer.

To protect yourself, you can try and get the staff to serve you within your home to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Going to The Grocery Shops

When you decide to go shopping, try and protect washing your hands at the grocery store entrance. Alternatively, disinfect your hands before going in. You can go to the store when it is less crowded, such as early in the morning the moment the store opens. It will help if you carry your hand sanitizer you can use to disinfect the cart handle.

To protect your kids, you should leave them at home and not tag them for the shopping trip. With the current changes, try and protect yourself by ordering online without necessarily going to the malls. Your safety solely depends on you. Therefore, when leaving your home to go to a public place, ensure you put on either printed face masks or blank face masks. In areas such as restaurants, gyms, shopping malls, and beauty parlor, the basic rule is to go when they are uncrowded.

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Getting Married in the Middle of the Pandemic

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You might not be thinking about getting married in the middle of the Pandemic but it has happend.  Emma Stone and her beau already postponed their wedding, while others are finding creative ways to push through with the wedding bells despite the pandemic. In the past, holding a grand wedding in a hotel or luxury ship was easy. But as soon as lockdowns and home quarantines were implemented, wedding plans were halted. This begs the question — is it still possible to get married when there are so many new don’ts? Wedding industry players like Landmark Event believe that if you want something badly enough, you can always find a way to make it happen. 

getting married in the middle of the PandemicLove is patient and lovers across the globe now find their patience being fully tested. Limitations on the size of gatherings, along with border closures and travel restrictions, affect wedding ceremonies that have long been in place. But are these restrictions really stopping couples from tying the knot? The simple answer is no. Yes, love is patient, but it can also move mountains

Online ceremonies and wedding live streams

Many couples have turned to online platforms that offer marriage services from securing the marriage licenses, to performing legal online marriage ceremonies and live streaming the ceremony. However, some online platforms have had trouble keeping up with the sudden demand. When working well, these platforms can offer people a way to secure a marriage license and hold a wedding in a private home. 

Hold simpler ceremonies with minimal guests

For those who don’t want to give up on their booked wedding venue, there are still states that are not on quarantine and lockdowns. There are couples who continue to hold their weddings at their desired venue, with all the decorations and reception preparations, but with very minimal guests. There are even couples who didn’t have guests at all. While observing social distancing protocols, they were still able to say I do before an officiant. This can be an option for you, too.

Civil wedding with a few family members 

The pandemic won’t stop people from getting married and this is proven by those who had their civil wedding officiated by a judge or a civil official with the power to officiate such ceremonies. And since their wedding ceremony can’t be grand, they chose to make their civil wedding ceremony luxurious. A popular choice among these couples holding weddings is having their reception on board a luxury ship with their immediate families only. Instead of serving food for hundreds of guests, the menu is adjusted to cater to a few guests. With this option, the food selection has been upgraded, offering a superior experience to the newly-wed couple and their families. 

There are even couples who go to the extreme to get married while also keeping their loved ones safe from the virus. They wear masks to their wedding of zero guests. It’s just them and the officiant. 

The world is in chaos but seeing people manifest their love in extraordinary ways sparks hope that everything will be okay. This may be a challenging time for the rest of the world, but it’s also a time to tell and show the people we love how much they mean to us. It’s time to go the extra mile for our loved ones because tomorrow is never guaranteed. Couples getting married despite the pandemic are indeed the epitome of how love can overcome anything and everything. 

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