Traveling during the Coronavirus Pandemic? Here’s What You Should Pack.
09 Oct 2020
Planning a trip during a pandemic might be a bit different than what you were used to before 2020. This year has taught us how to adapt to various circumstances, so that’s exactly what we are going to do, and plan for a trip accordingly. With all the precautions, checks, and tests, the whole traveling experience will be barely recognizable to your past trips. If you want to be ready and well-prepared for your next adventure, you are in the right place. Let this article be a checklist of items to pack for your next journey.
Going to the local supermarket for groceries and flying overseas have one thing in common, you should have a mask with you. Most flights require you to wear a mask at all times, so our advice is to pack a few. Chances are, you are going to be wearing a mask during checking in, leaving and picking up your luggage, and through all other procedures, so it’s best to have a couple of spare ones on you. Try selecting the most comfortable face covering you can find, because you are probably going to be wearing it for a long time. Our advice is going for something made from cotton and easily adjustable, so it doesn’t cause too much stress to your ears and face. Other than a mask, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer are also essential to your trip. Disposable gloves aren’t required by the CDC but a lot of people choose to wear them. If you are one of the people that don’t consider them quite comfortable, a combination of wet wipes and hand sanitizer goes a long way. You can use wet wipes to wipe down metal and plastic surfaces around your seat, thus maximizing your protection from the virus spreading. On top of that, hand sanitizer helps with all, even though limited, human interactions.
All experts are advising on keeping your metabolism running during the times of a global pandemic, and of course, the best way to do this is with exercise and a healthy diet. We all know it’s pretty difficult to keep working out when you are on vacation, and choosing fast food is way easier than cooking in an unknown kitchen. Easy to pack and consume, supplements are a great way to give your immune system a boost when you are on a trip. A lot of travelers pack vitamin C, B complex, and similar dietary supplements to help them with their time away from home. Or, you can go with natural supplements like olive oil polyphenols. They have antioxidant properties and can surely help your diet. There are a lot of health supplements out there, and in times like these, we should reach out for at least one of them.
A hassle, but a necessity, emptying your bags in the security bins has never been easier if you have your stuff in see-through bags. You won’t need to spend the extra time searching for your liquids or technology. Also, it’s quite convenient to have two different zipper bags for clean and used masks. This way you’ll know how many clean ones you have left, and you can avoid cross-contamination. Also, some people use clear makeup containers instead of regular zipper bags, for some additional security of the products inside.
Proof of Negative Covid-19 Test (If Required)
One thing you want to dodge on your voyage is having a 14-day quarantine upon arriving at your destination. To avoid this, in a lot of places, you must have a negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours of arrival. So it’s best to research the place you are visiting before you head for the airport. If needed, take the test with you in your carry-on.
Medicine and a Thermometer
Always hope for the best, and with some luck, you and your company won’t need to use any medications on your trip, but, you should always be prepared. Tylenol/acetaminophen are fever-reducing medicines and always a smart choice to pack. If you have kids, make sure to bring similar products that suit them.
A lot of places, some airplanes included, tend to check your body temperature before letting you enter, so carrying a thermometer with you is a good idea.