Air travel in the midst of a pandemic, generally speaking, is quite stressful. Air travel anytime during the holidays can be equally as stressful. Put the two together and you have a recipe for a mini anxiety-attack! Since preparing to fly these days has changed the carry-on game for all of us, it may seem like wearing a hazmat suit is the only practical option. Thankfully, that isn’t really the case. If you’re booking a flight this holiday season, there are safe travel essentials that you can invest in to protect yourself at the airport and onboard—all while making the whole experience a little more stylish.
*Please note that we do understand traveling and flying at this time is not best. This is a resources for if and when people are ready and it is safe to fly again.
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Among the most obvious holiday travel necessities is a face mask. By now, I’m sure you have a drawer full. But a freshly washed face mask for a good cause is hard to resist like these Tory Burch Printed Face Masks. These beauties come in a set of 3 with pouch, and profits being divided between two organizations: International Medical Corps working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the US and around the world; and the Tory Burch Foundation, working to advance women’s empowerment and women entrepreneurs. With all that goodness, how can you not add them to your collection?
Though all airlines require a face covering to board, a face shield is an added safe way to protect yourself in addition to your mask. (It could also double as a snack guard!) However, wearing an oversized, bulky plastic device wrapped around your head for a few hours in a confined space doesn’t sound very cozy. Enter the face shield with glasses. They’re lightweight, anti-fogging, and at a price point that’s hard to beat.
I don’t know about you, but even prior to Coronavirus, airplane seats always felt dirty to me. I’d bet Vegas odds that they were never disinfected, let alone vacuumed. That’s the genius behind airplane seat covers like Nice Seats. These brilliant covers come in a drawstring or zipped pouch, and once opened it turns into a machine washable seat cover and safe place to sit. They also come in 2 different sizes, for economy and business/first class, with an impressive variety of designs to choose from.
I’ve always been a fan of cozy throw blankets, but with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to turn many of our favorite activities into socially distanced outdoor affairs, I’m appreciating a versatile, chic blanket more than ever. Once you’ve reached cruising altitude and the cabin pressure normalizes, you can settle into your seat with the peace of mind that your blanket has not been handled by a flight attendant or previous traveler.
It’s been preached to us time and time again over the last months, but here’s another reminder: Wash your hands. Health experts say that hand-washing is more effective than hand sanitizer and should be prioritized during your travel day. Anytime you come in contact with high-touch areas, ensure you properly scrub with soap. And in the event the airplane or airport is running low, consider packing portable soap sheets like these to come to the rescue. Plus, they make cute stocking stuffers!
Amit is a loyal subscriber turned contributor from Miami, where she founded and edited an award-winning lifestyle magazine for over 20 years. The loves of her life are her husband and their two fiercely independent and creative kids. She has been known, however, to proclaim that her favorite child is their Shiba Inu, Zac.
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