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The 10 Best Travel Essentials for Flying During COVID-19

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Liza is a homemaker who loves baking and cooking. She also enjoys collecting postcards from friends all over the world.

Bringing these 10 essentials will make traveling during the pandemic feel a lot less frightening.

Bringing these 10 essentials will make traveling during the pandemic feel a lot less frightening.

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.

I prefer face cotton coverings for my trip.

I prefer face cotton coverings for my trip.

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.

An anti-fog face shield is quite comfortable to wear while having a mask on.

An anti-fog face shield is quite comfortable to wear while having a mask on.

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.

Disposable gloves act as extra protection while I'm at the airport and on a flight.

Disposable gloves act as extra protection while I'm at the airport and on a flight.

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.

Cleansing towelettes and disinfecting wipes can help give you some peace of mind when in your seat.

Cleansing towelettes and disinfecting wipes can help give you some peace of mind when in your seat.

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.

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.

Hand sanitizer is simply a must these days.

Hand sanitizer is simply a must these days.

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.

It won't hurt to have bandages and anti-bacterial wipes in the First-Aid Kit.

It won't hurt to have bandages and anti-bacterial wipes in the First-Aid Kit.

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!

I always bring some tissues with me. After all, bathroom travel hassles can start with your flight if they run out of toilet paper.

I always bring some tissues with me. After all, bathroom travel hassles can start with your flight if they run out of toilet paper.

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.

I admit that I am super compulsive about being clean, including my mouth and teeth. I carry these essentials on board so I can brush, floss, and feel fresh on the airplane.

I admit that I am super compulsive about being clean, including my mouth and teeth. I carry these essentials on board so I can brush, floss, and feel fresh on the airplane.

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.

When I travel, my skin seems to reach peak dryness, so I bring moisturizer or lotion so I can apply it to my arms and body.

When I travel, my skin seems to reach peak dryness, so I bring moisturizer or lotion so I can apply it to my arms and body.

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.

For a long-haul flight, I carry extra clean shirts and pants so I can change after 5–6 hours on the flight. As soon as I'm seated, I will change my sneakers to flat shoes or fresh socks.

For a long-haul flight, I carry extra clean shirts and pants so I can change after 5–6 hours on the flight. As soon as I'm seated, I will change my sneakers to flat shoes or fresh socks.

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

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on April 08, 2021:

Hi Ali, thanks for reading and commenting. These travel essentials are important if you're planning to travel during the pandemic. I was very satisfied with the items I've shared on the article because I traveled comfortable and safely during my trip. Have a safe journey!

Ali Sami Farooq from London on March 31, 2021:

Really this article is touch me personally because i also create a list of things which i have to take during travel.~ Ali Sami Farooq

Liza (author) from USA on March 27, 2021:

Hi Linda, at the time I am replying this comment, I have safely arrived at my destination. Currently, I am in a quarantine myself for 7 days. I will share my experience of traveling/flying during pandemic soon. Thanks for commenting!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2021:

You’ve shared some great advice in your article. Travelling can be difficult at this time. I hope the situation improves soon.

Liza (author) from USA on March 20, 2021:

Err, I know some countries suddenly have the surging again. I really hope the vaccine is distributed faster and we can get the shot as soon as possible. I heard on the news, Europe is postponing AstraZeneca.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on March 20, 2021:

@lizmalay, unfortunately for us, things are still up in the air with the Gov and restrictions. It could be the end of summer before we see some normality.

Liza (author) from USA on March 19, 2021:

That's right, Sp. For example, I have never used a mask before on a flight, so I'm concern with my long-haul flight. By the way, I hope we can travel as normal as soon as possible.

Liza (author) from USA on March 19, 2021:

I agree Chitrangada. I have to get a test at least 3 days before departure. I'm well prepared for this trip as I'm concerned with what's happening to surround us. I hope whoever has to travel at this point will follow the travel and airline regulations so we feel safe while flying. Thanks for your comment!

Liza (author) from USA on March 19, 2021:

You're welcome. These travel essentials are crucial for me, Dora. I want a smooth and safe trip before I arrive at my destination. Thanks for commenting!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on March 19, 2021:

I think your essential travel list is good and it is one we will all have with us going forward. The way we will travel now willbe a bit different until we can get back to some normality in our lives.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 18, 2021:

Nice, timely and informative article.

We have to keep in mind so many things, while traveling these days. Here, it's required to get a Covid19 negative test, medical certificate too.

Your article will help many. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 18, 2021:

Thanks for sharing. You make so much sense and if I were to fly during the pandemic, I would follow your lead.

Liza (author) from USA on March 18, 2021:

Liz, thanks for mentioning your family member's experience with the material of face coverings. I thought fabric cloth mask has better protection than disposable. In that case, I will have disposable masks as well in my carry-on. Past experiences taught me about what to pack in the carry-on. Now, we're still experiencing the pandemic, therefore, it's significant to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. I think I can everything covered for the trip this time. Thanks for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on March 18, 2021:

Flourish, I got the same sense as you after almost two years of not be able to travel outside the US. Luckily, when we canceled the flight, we managed to get a refund from the airlines. My husband and I traveled a lot by car last year. We went to explore new places in Utah. However, flying to a different country (in this case I'll be going back to visit my family) is absolutely intriguing. Therefore, these travel essentials become my priority. Hey, good luck with your vaccine!

Liza (author) from USA on March 18, 2021:

I'm very compulsive when it comes to getting ready for flying :) Before the pandemic, I usually travel with half of the essentials that I put on this list. (without the face mask, gloves, and face shield).

Since we're still experiencing the pandemic, it's necessary to prepare these items before my trip at the end of this month. Thanks for commenting!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 18, 2021:

This is an excellent article. It is very well-organized and makes great use of your experience to help other travelers. I was especially interested in the material face coverings. A family member had to rush back to the terminal shops to buy a disposable face mask last summer, as the short haul flight operator from the UK to Italy did not accept cloth face coverings.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 17, 2021:

You seem well prepared and ready to go with your travel essentials. Although I’m itching to travel I won’t be going to international destinations first. I’ll be sticking stateside and going via car and I will wait until the pandemic is over I think. I get my vaccine next week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2021:

You do seem prepared to travel using all kinds of precautions. I am glad that I do not have to do so until this pandemic is in the past. For business people, they do not have that option. Your ideas of carryons are excellent.

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