The events of 2020 have put a damper on travelling. However, people are still on the move and are doing it safely. Planes haven’t stopped going back and forth across the Atlantic and all around the world. Employees that work on the road haven’t stopped or have already re-started travelling across counties by car, truck, bus, and train. Additionally, vacations haven’t ended. What’s important is staying safe on the road. To continue your trip with more confidence, pack these items in your to-go bag.
Whether you’re travelling locally, across the country, or internationally, most places are going to require you to cover your nose and mouth. This is important when situations prevent social distancing. In airports and other areas where people are travelling great distances, such as train stations and bus depots, a mask may be mandatory to access the service. You don’t need to purchase a mask with a filter, such as the N-95 grade ones that doctors and other frontline medical professionals are wearing. A neck gaiter that pulls up over the nose and mouth, as well as painter’s masks, scarfs, and bandanas.
It’s always good to travel with cleaning wipes. These come in handy for wiping down areas before you sit, eat, or place clean belongings. Wipes are also ideal for cleaning up after you’ve used an area for cleaning, playing, or changing a baby’s diaper to prevent spreading germs or viruses to other, unsuspecting visitors that may sit down after you leave. Never use cleaning wipes on your skin or to clean fruits, vegetables, and other foods.
Antimicrobial Hand Soap
The first line of defense to prevent the spread of viruses and other communicable diseases is soap and water. An antimicrobial hand, face, and body cleaner takes it a step further and can protect you from 99.99% of all viruses, including MRSA without needing to wash for the recommended 20 seconds. These are also an ideal option for children that may have a hard time washing for the time needed to kill bacteria and viruses.
Hand sanitizer is the new go-to product for anyone on the go during the COVID-19 pandemic. Products containing Even after the threat is gone, it’s still a good idea to keep hand sanitizer in your travel bag, purse, briefcase, and vehicle to prevent the spread of illnesses, including the common cold and the flu. For it to be effective, make sure that you only purchase ones that have 60% or more alcohol. Products with less may not work as well and can leave you susceptible to viruses despite using a sanitizer.
With all the soap and sanitizer, you’re going to experience dry skin. These products are great for reducing the infection rate and necessary to keep people virus-free. However, they will suck the moisture right out of your skin. To prevent dry, cracked, and painful hands from too much washing and hand sanitizers, keep a bottle of moisturizing lotion next to the soap and sanitizer.
Portable Phone Charger
This one might sound odd on the list. But, if you’re travelling internationally, you could find instances where there are no outlets to charge your phone or other portable devices, leaving you with fewer communication options. If you’re bringing your laptop for work purposes or a tablet for keeping up on the latest episodes of your favorite show, consider a high powered charger. These can quickly juice your devices so you can work, stay in contact with friends and family, or just enjoy some downtime in your vehicle or hotel room without the extra set of cords.
Bring Your Own Essentials
During BC times (before corona), it was often easier to pick up items on the road, rather than carry a ton of luggage. In 2020, finding these items is harder, and going into and out of multiple stores is now risky behavior. So, instead of looking for new face coverings, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial hand soap while you travel, pack your own supplies before you leave and skip the unnecessary trips.
Enjoy your vacation or business trip, and keep yourself and your family safe with these few tips. Regular hand washing and cleanliness can help prevent the spread of viruses even during times when the world’s not experiencing a pandemic.