Your 2021 Holiday Travel Checklist

Now that travel is (mostly) back open, we are so excited for the chance to visit friends and family we didn’t get to see last year. Before you hit the road, don’t forget these items:

1) Vaccination Card

Many airlines, hotels, restaurants, and bars are requiring proof of vaccination. Your vaccination card is just as important as remembering to bring your photo ID or passport when traveling this holiday season. If you have lost or misplaced your vaccination card you can order a replacement from the same location you received your vaccination at. Please remember that lead times for new cars may be higher due to the holiday season.

2) ID

Your ID is required for all travelers whether you are flying or driving. If you cannot find your driver’s license and need an ID to fly, you may substitute your passport. Some states are now requiring the Real ID which was supposed to go into effect in 2020 but has been extended into 2023. You can learn more about the Real ID and how it may impact your 2021 holiday travel here.

3) Negative Covid Test

If you chose not to get vaccinated you may be limited on where and how you can travel this holiday season. If you are traveling without vaccination you will likely be required to prove a negative Covid test within 72 hours of your travel time. Keep in mind that this may impact your re-entry as well. Some countries are requiring a negative test for both entry and exit. You can purchase at-home Covid tests from Amazon or your local pharmacy or you can find a Covid testing center near you.

4) Extra Change of Clothes

Remember when traveling the biggest concern was losing your bag? Those were the days! Unfortunately, despite everything going on losing your items is still a high possibility. Between higher travel rates and just the regular chaos that comes with everyone trying to make it home on time, it’s possible your items could get lost in transit. Avoid getting left out in the cold (literally) by packing a spare change of clothes in your carry-on.

5) A Positive Attitude!

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring out the worst in people which is why it’s important for you to maintain your positive attitude. To keep a positive attitude simply remember all the things you have to be grateful for. Your health, family, friends, etc. Positive attitudes are contagious and you never know whose path you might cross who may really need that positivity.

6) Confirm Entry and Re-Entry Protocols of Any Countries You Are Visiting

Each country is taking its own unique precautions when it comes to Covid safety. Before you leave double-check the entry and re-entry protocols. These protocols may be subject to change at a moment’s notice which is why you need to be prepared to either leave quickly or stay a few extra days. These protocols are designed to help prevent the spread of Covid and its variants across the world.

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Candace Gasper