Five top tips to keep safe while abroad

Whether you’re dreaming of swimming through open blue waters, sipping cocktails on the beach or simply taking in a different view, we understand that you might be confused about keeping safe while abroad.

There’s much to consider – from mandatory rules while travelling through to being a conscientious visitor to other countries.

To make things a little easier, we’ve gathered our top five tips you know what to expect on your journey and how you can stay safe while abroad.

1. Stay covered

As of 24 July, face coverings are mandatory in England on public transport and in areas such as airports. Most airlines will also request that you wear them for your flight, changing every four hours if it’s a long-haul journey.

It’s also worth checking requirements at your end destination as you might need face coverings in and around different public areas. Be sure to pack enough for the length of your stay – we love these reusable British designer masks, as seen in the Yorkshire Post, created by a collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Bags of Ethic, with 100% of profits going to NHS charities. (£15 to get your hands on some Mulberry, RIXO or Versace-trained Halpern designs? Yes please!)

2. Keep clean

While washing hands frequently is still the top piece of advice in relation to Covid-19, it might not always be possible so be sure to carry hand sanitiser with you. Remember, if it’s going in your hand luggage it should be 100ml or under.

We’d recommend taking a spare if your luggage is in hold or if you’re travelling in a group. It’s best practice to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before taking your face covering off, so you may use more than expected!

3. Wipe away

Stringent cleaning regimes are in place on aeroplanes, as demonstrated by British Airways here, but for added peace of mind, consider taking disinfectant wipes in your hand luggage to wipe down surfaces you’ll be touching. Plus, they could come in handy at your end destination too, whether you’re villa-bound or staying in a hotel.

4. Go contactless

It’s always safest to travel with some local currency but consider using card and going contactless where possible – some shops and restaurants abroad may even request it. You can chat to our team of experts to find out what may be expected in your chosen destination and how much cash would be safe to travel with.

Keep everything you need in one place with these beautifully crafted leather card holders from fellow Harrogate business, Byron and Brown.

5. Be prepared

While most hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions are open in popular destinations abroad, there will be some limitations in place around capacity or opening hours.

Most other countries will also still have social distancing rules in place which will affect capacity with many still adhering to the 2m or 1m plus distance.

Be prepared and book ahead if you can – again, our team is on hand to help and advise so that you can plan ahead and enjoy your holiday worry-free. After all, you’re there to relax.

Where are you most looking forward to travelling in the coming months? We’ll be sharing some of our top destinations and expert recommendations soon so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter and following us on Facebook and Instagram to be first in the know.

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