Products that help us stay healthy while traveling have always been a priority, but these days they are also a necessity. As coronavirus vaccines roll out around the world and travel restrictions begin to lift, we still need to stick to certain protocols whether on the road or in the air to keep ourselves and our fellow travelers safe. That said, who says you can’t throw a bit of luxury in the mix?
A Purifying Water Bottle
The GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier and Bottle may be the only water bottle you’ll ever need. Whether you need to quench your thirst at the airport (filtered water stations may be closed for a while) with tap water, or rehydrate while on a hike, this 16oz water bottle is powered to be your source of freshness. A positively charged mesh of ions snag impurities and chemicals like waterborne pathogens and bacteria, while activated carbon absorbs chemicals, odors and heavy metals like chlorine, lead and arsenic. The result is zero aftertaste, clarity and most importantly, purified drinking water.
Reusable Snack Bags
Cut back on single-use plastic usage and BYO snacks on the road with Stasher’s reusable silicon snack bags. The bags are dishwasher safe for an extra layer of sanitization you may not find when buying snacks on the road, and they come in a wide array of bright colors that are attractive to hangry little ones.
We’re sure you’re tired of hearing about disinfecting wipes these days but this product is a must-have, especially when traveling. Although not the most glamorous, nothing truly beats good ol’ Clorox disinfecting wipes when it comes to efficiency as they only need four minutes of contact on a surface to neutralize COVID-19. For messes and sticky hands, we love the Honest Alcohol Wipes made with 65% alcohol and a touch of aloe that won’t dry out your skin.
Speaking of dry skin from all that hand sanitizer, now is the time to invest in a reliable, repairing hand lotion. The award-winning Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration from First Aid Beauty has a cult-like following, especially for those with sensitive skin, made with colloidal oatmeal, Shea butter, Ceramide 3 and an antioxidant booster to immediately increase hydration by 169%. It also comes in a 2 oz. travel size that’s TSA-friendly.
High-End Face Mask
Face masks are going to be a part of our lives for longer than most of us care to admit, so now is the time to make sure you’re wearing something comfortable, especially for long-haul trips. For casual sojourns, we like the Bonobos Riviera Face Mask that secure with over-the-head elastic straps (no painful ear straps!) and wire at the nose bridge for a close fit. They also include a pocket for removable filters. Headed somewhere fancy? Try the fashionable Tina Masks from Second Wind that come in neutral colors in both silk and linen, with detachable gold or silver chains. Each mask also comes with a removable filter.
Printed Face Shields
It can be hard to convince kids to keep their masks on, so skip the whole ordeal and opt for a printed face shield instead. From unicorns to zoo animals and princess crowns, the BincaIdeas Etsy shop offers a wide variety of styles for your kiddo to choose from and get excited about wearing on their next trip. *Note, for best protection, masks should be worn along with face shields if possible.
The cashmere wrap was a pre-pandemic travel staple and will continue to be long afterward. Planes and trains are notoriously cold, so skip the re-used airline blankets in favor of your own wrap that doubles as a scarf or a blanket. The White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap has been a best-seller for more than 20 years and comes in a wide variety of neutrals and bright hues.
Happy (and safe!) travels.