Top 10 Travel Essentials During COVID-19
How to make holiday travel a little safer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at the end of the weirdest and toughest year ever.
With the time of turkeys, carols, changing leaves, snow, lights, gratitude, gifts, good food, and good times upon us, the urge to travel and be with family and loved ones is stronger than ever.
While it’s tough to hear, the best way to spread holiday cheer - at least this year - is to stay home.
In fact, the CDC recently published new guidelines urging Americans to NOT travel during the upcoming holidays. Simply put, travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 to both strangers and family. No way around it.
That being said, if you do end up traveling, we’ve rounded up some ideas to keep you a little safer.
While we can’t help you eliminate the risk of catching COVID-19, we can help you minimize it.
#1. Mask up before you pack up!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: wearing a mask is the most effective way to protect yourself against COVID-19. Most airlines now have regulations and mandates that require you to keep your mask on throughout the entire flight.
Here are some of our favorite options:
#2. Add the additional armor of a Face Shield.
If you're high risk, you might consider adding a face shield over your face mask. Although the data isn’t conclusive, think of it as an added layer of protection. They’re made of transparent, recyclable, and waterproof PET guarding you against droplets, saliva, and other liquids and sprays.
#3. Sanitize your fears away.
Hand sanitizer is your best friend. It has become such an important item that if you’re traveling by air, TSA now lets you bring hand sanitizer in a bottle up to 12 ounces instead of the previous three ounces.
The CDC recommends that you purchase hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
#4. Disinfect more and worry less.
Carrying disinfecting wipes is critical for wiping down frequently touched surfaces that you may encounter both at the airport and on the plane. We recommend buying Clorox or Lysol brands since they’ve been proven to be effective against coronavirus.
#5. Like a Glove - or two.
Although the CDC says that gloves aren’t necessary, they do recommend wearing them when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
Plus, they can help keep you more aware of where your hands are and what they’re touching. However, remember that contaminated gloves are the same thing as contaminated hands! That’s why the best way to protect yourself is by regularly washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
#6. Tissues are another issue.
Even with masks on, it’s important to practice good cough and sneeze etiquette by using a tissue instead of your hands. A pack of tissues can also come in handy when picking up or touching items that are frequently touched by other people.
#7. Got a Digital oximeter and thermometer?
If you are in the at-risk category for coronavirus, having one of these might help you out a lot. A digital oximeter is used to track your oxygen levels, and a thermometer will help you keep tabs on your temperature.
#8. Pack a Portable power pack!
Finding a free outlet or charger to power your phone when traveling was hard enough before COVID-19. Now, charging your phone in public outlets or asking someone else for theirs brings with it a new set of risks. To avoid those risks altogether, pack a portable charger. Check this one out:
#9. Amen, a Pen!
Weirdly enough, pens are difficult to disinfect. That’s why the CDC recommends that if you find yourself in a scenario where you have to use one, it’s best to use a pen that no one else has touched.
#10. Get a Hook to hang your things.
Ever heard of a carabiner hook? Not just for mountain climbers. Now more than ever, you want to avoid leaving your bag on the ground. If the situation permits, these hooks come in super handy when you want to hang your bags.
Final thought: Prepare in advance for a possible quarantine.
Given the uncertainty of this pandemic, sometimes it’s best to prepare for the worst. In this case, that means the possibility that you may need to be quarantined. That’s why we recommend you bring enough clothing, medicine, and any other essential supplies that will last you for at least 14 days.
No matter what, remember:
don’t worry. be ready.