Liza is a homemaker who loves baking and cooking. She also enjoys collecting postcards from friends all over the world.
Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Last year, my husband and I canceled our annual trip to Malaysia as the pandemic started spreading across the world. Apart from that, many major airlines advised the passengers to get a refund or postpone the trip to a later date.
Flying during a pandemic is a decidedly different venture than flying two years ago. Airlines require passengers to wear a mask while on board. You may also choose to wear a face shield, gloves, or goggles. I have no problem in taking this measure rigorously; as per the World Health Organization (WHO), advisory, wearing masks in any public area is highly recommended.
Before flying, I decided to create a list of 10 essential items that I plan on carrying to help me feel comfy and safe while on board.
1. Cotton Face Covering
Based on my experience, I prefer wearing a cotton face-covering. I feel comfortable breathing whilst it's covering my mouth and nose, which is critical, as most airlines require passengers to wear masks for the duration of the flight. I figure after a few hours of nonstop wear on the plane, I'll be happy to have a fresh face mask to switch.
Personally, I have two stops before arriving at my destination. Therefore, I plan on bringing a few clean face-coverings in my carry-on so I can switch while I'm on the plane and as soon as I land.
2. Face Shield
Using a face shield or goggles can be helpful in addition to wearing a mask. As I am traveling after more than a year's absence, I prefer to be safe, especially when I am in a crowded place such as in an airport. It won't hurt to be extra careful this time.
Given that airports and flights will have a considerable number of people at all times, it is recommended that you be doubly sure about safety. You can add another protective layer by wearing a face shield.
3. Disposable Gloves
Disposable gloves are not a necessity, but I want extra protection. While the CDC is of the opinion that one should not use gloves unless they know how to take them off safely (which I have learned), people still like to wear them for peace of mind.
For example, gloves give extra protection when touching things such as seats, handles, barriers, and luggage carts at the airport. I plan on having the gloves on while boarding the flight and taking them off as soon as I clean my seating area.
4. Cleansing Towelettes and Disinfecting Wipes
Carrying cleansing towelettes and disinfecting wipes with you is a handy way to avoid germs while on a plane. I plan to use the disinfecting wipes to wipe down all areas of my seat that are commonly touched, including the seatbelt buckle and the tray table in front of me, as well as the TV screen and controls, air-conditioning nozzles, and the flight attendant call button, and of course my phone.
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As I am flying for a long-haul flight, I won't be able to avoid using the lavatory. The cleansing towelettes will come in handy for that too.
5. Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is such a savior while traveling. These days, I carry a hand sanitizer in my purse at all times because I use it every time after I touch anything in public, especially at the store.
Though washing your hands is the gold standard, hand sanitizer is a great option if don’t have access to soap and water. Besides that, I'm going to use sanitizer after touching items on the flight, including the emergency flight pamphlet, magazines, TV screen and controls, and the overhead bins.
6. First-Aid Kit
I won't be carrying anything metal or sharp in my First-Aid Kit. For the most part, I just like to make sure I am ready for unpredictable things that could happen. I have carried a First-Aid Kit in my purse everywhere I go for a while now, so, it's become a habit. It doesn't hurt to have bandages, antibacterial wipes, creams, gauze, tape, and tablets for nausea and stomach ache. Trust me, these items help!
7. Facial Tissue
Everyone should carry facial tissue in their bag or purse. Facial tissue becomes a must item to have in my purse because I get allergies while traveling than I would at home. Having facial tissue is handy helps avoid sniffling embarrassment. By the way, the last thing I want to do is to touch my face with my hands whenever I feel itchy or something gets to my face or my eye.
8. Teeth and Mouth Care
Did you know that fruits and vegetables can help clean teeth on-flight if brushing isn’t an option? Plus drinking plenty of water will not only keep you hydrated but help cleanse your mouth and teeth as well.
Nowadays, many airlines provide toothpaste and brushes for travelers, especially on long-haul flights. However, I like to bring mine as I brush my teeth often on long-haul flights. I like to feel fresh and clean after eating and sleeping. Besides a toothbrush and toothpaste, I also carry small spray mouth wash and dental floss.
9. Lotion or Cream
Did you know researchers examined the changes in skin's hydration levels during a long-distance flight where the cabin had dropped to 10 percent humidity levels? I have traveled so much by air and I can't help by noticing how much it take a toll on my body especially on my skin. Most of the time, before boarding I like to apply lotion on my skin but, spending time in a pressurized cabin thousands of feet high leaves me with super dry skin. Therefore, I make sure to carry a lotion so I can apply it to my skin especially after washing my hands and face.
10. Extra Clothes, Socks, and Shoes
While I'm at home, I like to wear an outfit that keeps me feel cozy and relaxed. Now imagine sitting for hours and flying 35,000 feet in the air—what type of outfit will you be most comfortable in? My choice of outfit while on a plane is soft and comfy, for example, a pair of sweatpants, and a tee-shirt.
I also like to bring slippers or sandals to slip on to wander around or go to the restroom during the flight. I also keep an extra change of clothes (the same as I like to wear on a plane) in my carry-on so I can change before landing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Liza