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After months of lockdown, most of us are probably already dreaming of a time when COVID-19 is a thing of the past. But we shouldn’t let our guard down even when lockdown rules ease up. Whether you opt for a domestic road trip or an international adventure, the way we travel (and pack!) post-COVID has changed inexplicably. Here’s a list of non-expensive, easy-to-find items that you should be bringing for your next trip.
Even if you and your travel companions feel healthy, you should wear a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose at all times when travelling. Keep a few spares on hand just in case.
When on the go, bring along a bottle of hand sanitiser that contains alcohol and use immediately after touching a surface in public. The alcohol in hand sanitiser works immediately and effectively kills any germs or bacteria present on your skin.
Disinfectant wipes also effectively kill any germs from surfaces. These are especially helpful for wiping down your table when eating at a restaurant or to disinfect your seat when travelling on public transportation.
Ziploc bags are ideal for a number of practical applications. They’re great for water-proofing your valuables in case of liquid spills, packing a snack, organising your belongings, or isolating dirty clothes. These days, you can also use them as a glove of sorts if you’re worried about unsterilised handles on public transport or dirty doorknobs. For the environmentally-conscious, there are eco-friendly alternatives available, such as reusable silicone bags or disposable plant-based options.
Pack some in a jar or a Ziploc bag so you can soak and clean reusable cloth masks, face coverings, or dirty clothes in your hotel room sink. You can most likely buy some at your destination if limited baggage is an issue! There are also small detergent packets you can buy, specifically for using on-the-go.
A key indicator someone might have COVID-19 is if they are running a fever, have shortness of breath, a cough, and a sore throat. Thankfully, thermometers are usually fairly small, so it’s super easy to travel with one. It will help you continuously monitor your temperature while travelling.
If you haven’t bought one already, ditch the unsustainable disposable cups and pick up your own travel mug! Not only does it guarantee that you’re the only person using it, but a travel mug also is durable, keeps your drink hot (or cold), prevents spillage, and is better for the environment. There are a lot of lists online that highlight great options available so take some time to find your perfect travel mug.