If you plan on taking a trip with the pandemic afoot, whether it be domestic or international, there are some packing must-haves you’ll want to add to your list. If you must travel, do it safely and responsibly by continuing to wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands frequently! Here’s our list of pandemic travel must-haves.
This one’s a no-brainer and is definitely the most important thing on your pandemic travel packing list! Beyond protecting yourself and others, masks are now required to enter shops, airports, and public spaces throughout the world, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you’ve got plenty of face masks with you when traveling.
Travel-Sized Hand Sanitizer
Trust us, you won’t regret bringing hand sanitizer with you on your trip! You’d be surprised how many things your hands come into contact with that could be potentially virus-spreading. Things like door knobs, your seat on the plane, security trays, and so much more are all reasons to keep travel hand sanitizer on you to keep you safe and healthy.
A super useful thing to have with you while traveling, a face mask storage case is perfect for keeping your mask (and extra masks) clean and sterile while not in use. If you need to take off your mask while eating or drinking or if you’re hanging out in your hotel room, you’ll feel secure that your mask isn’t touching unclean surfaces before putting it back on your face.
Don’t forget to bring sanitizing wipes with you on your trip! Use them frequently to wipe down your phone, airport surfaces, your airplane tray table and seat belt, arm wrests, and you get the idea. Take cleanliness during your travels into your own hands by always having a reliable way to sterilize the surfaces you come into contact with.
An incredibly useful thing to add to your pandemic packing list is travel tissues or travel toilet paper. Small enough to always keep on you, these are great for covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, wiping down surfaces, or for handing to someone else who may need one. In some destinations, you may need to use it as toilet paper if it’s not provided or when entering a public restroom. Better to be safe than sorry!
Particularly when traveling internationally, it’s important not to forget to bring your own pen. There are plenty of forms to fill out, from customs cards to Covid health safety declaration cards, and the last thing you’ll want to do is ask a stranger to borrow their pen during a pandemic!
Travel Neck Pillow
It’s vital to get enough sleep when traveling to strengthen your immune system, combat illness, and keep you healthy and strong. Bringing a travel neck pillow with you will help keep you comfortable on trains, planes, and busses and will allow you to sleep more easily. It’s preferable to get a pillow with a washable cover so you can properly disinfect it between uses!
Another great immune strengthener, Emergen-C Packets will help to keep you healthy while you travel. Pandemic or not, traveling can disrupt your normal bodily rhythms and weaken your immune system. Bring plenty of these packets and take them daily during your trip to give your body a little extra boost.
When traveling during “unprecedented times” you won’t want to find yourself with an uncharged phone in the case of an emergency. Bringing an external phone charger will ensure that you’ll always have access to things you’ll need on your mobile device, whether that be making an emergency phone call or checking the status of a country’s entry requirements.