Summer 2020 will be a time of drive vacations with family or small groups to enjoy outdoor experiences, mostly within your own state. Sounds good? Here’s your travel wisdom.
Reservations. Many beaches, parks, gardens, and historic sites are open, but you must get a timed reservation to enter. Plan ahead and get reservations.
Backup Plans. Because of social distancing, places like beaches and parks will close parking lots when officials believe crowding is happening. Always have a second and third idea for a destination for the day.
Bathrooms. Public places with outdoor properties to enjoy generally are keeping indoor spaces, like visitor centers, closed. You may not be able to find a rest room when you need it. Be prepared. In “Gear,” below, see “portable camp toilets.” Some as cheap as $20.
Speed. Don’t speed on the roads. It is tempting to do so, because the roads and highways are less crowded than most summers. Speeding is dangerous and local police departments are ticketing. Watch that speedometer.
Food. Many restaurants are serving take-out and some are serving on their outdoor decks. It is best to call ahead. Please call, text or stop in to the restaurant directly instead of using GrubHub, which nails the restaurant with a 30 percent charge. Be kind to local businesses!
Tip Servers. Generously! Servers and housekeeping staff are working harder and at greater risk to themselves than ever before.
Ice chest for drinks and snacks
Toilet paper. Consider buying a portable camp toilet.
Masks for everyone over age 2 and hand sanitizer
Find the current reopening information and travel rules for each New England state: