In post-Coronavirus times, when we eventually get the green light from governments to go back to our world, things definitely won’t be the same. The only way we can avoid getting back into confinement again is if we collectively adopt new habits. Wearing masks in public, maintaining physical distance, and washing our hands when we are out and about are basic givens at this point. However, when it comes to traveling, even more caution is required as chances of spreading the virus will be significantly higher. As more countries are preparing to lift the travel bans, like many people, you are probably already planning for your summer vacation. If you want to enjoy your time, after being cooped up at home for what seems like an eternity, you have to be well-prepared and pack accordingly. Here are 8 essentials to pack when you travel post-lockdown.
Packing List for Travel Post-Lockdown
- Hand Sanitizer
The last few months have made hand sanitizers more popular than they have ever been. Hand sanitizers were once a merely interesting item that you would see your OCD, neat-freak friend carrying around. Fast forward to Coronavirus times, and you will find that liquid hand sanitizers have become highly sought after, so much so, that their prices soared beyond comprehension. When traveling, you will not always have access to a bathroom where you can wash your hands, and it might be a challenge to get your hands on hand sanitizers abroad. Prepare well and buy your hand sanitizers in bulk at home to refill travel-friendly dispensers for yourself and your family when you are traveling. Make sure you use ones that are approved by leading health organizations and are gentle on your skin.
- Disposable Masks
When you are traveling, the washable cloth masks that you wear back home will not be very practical, so make sure you pack enough disposable masks for the whole family. Most airlines now distribute masks to the passengers, but it’s better to be prepared and pack some yourself. Make sure you check the safety measures applied in your destination country as some require even infants to wear masks in public places.
- Disposable Gloves
These will come in handy when you visit public places like crowded train stations where you won’t be able to avoid touching high-contact surfaces. Even when you go shopping for groceries, it might not be feasible to disinfect your hands multiple times; use gloves instead, then throw them away once you step out of the store.
- Immunity Boosters
The last thing you need is to get sick when you are away from home and be compelled to self-isolate for the entire duration of your travel. To support your immunity system and ensure it is strong enough to fight off whatever comes your way, visit your local drugstore before your trip, and buy some vitamins and immunity supplements.
- Credit Card
Most shops and restaurants, especially the ones in touristic places, are applying a no-contact rule to avoid the further spread of the Coronavirus. Paying in cash will not be an option, so forgetting to pack your credit card will be an inconvenience, to say the least.
- Reusable Shopping Bags
Packing your own reusable shopping bags is essential to put your mind at ease when you go shopping abroad. Instead of stressing over whether the bags the shops are offering are clean or not, pack yours and make sure you wash them thoroughly once you get back to your hotel.
- Disinfecting Wipes
Especially if you are traveling with kids, you will need disinfecting wipes to clean chairs at street cafes and swings at the playgrounds. It is better to be extra cautious than risk contracting the virus. Like with hand sanitizers, buy in bulk and keep a pack in each bag, as well as in your purse, and your kids’ backpacks.
- Clothes Detergent
If you are going on vacation abroad, you might not have access to a laundromat, and according to health organizations, maintaining personal hygiene is imperative to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. Pack your own clothes detergent so that you can wash your clothes daily to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.
Although many people are eager to resume traveling post-lockdown, others are still on the fence about hopping on a plane and subjecting themselves and their families to higher risks of infection. While there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this predicament, you should do what feels right for you, but only after you make sure that you are adhering to the recommended safety measures.