9 Products to Pack if You’re Flying During the Pandemic

Published on: Jun 15, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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It’s probably been a while since you’ve seen the inside of an airport. But if you do find yourself on a plane in the near future, it’s important to be prepared. So let’s talk about the basics. Like packing hand sanitizers, gloves, tissues, disinfectant wipes, and a mask. These items are a must. 

But there are also products that’ll help you, well, touch fewer things. And make the whole experience easier. So while you’re focused on getting from point A to B, we’re here to set you up for travel success. 

For more info, check out tips from the CDC before you book a flight. 


Face Mask
For when you’re about to enter the airport…

Wear a mask. Always. But especially when you’re flying (we also recommend double masking). This one is made of cotton and features a filter for better ventilation. For every mask purchased, one gets donated to a medical facility in need of PPE. Do good, stay safe. ($22, Ngozika O’keke)

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Dagne Dover Duffel
For when you need a carry-on with lots of pockets…

Grab a duffel. One that can hold everything. Literally. It’s got a shoe bag, laptop sleeve, key leash, exterior phone pocket, and mesh pouch. Oh, and a luggage sleeve. And it’s made from durable neoprene. Impressive. ($95+, Dagne Dover)

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No Touch Tool
For when you need to use the restroom just before you board…

Avoid touching the door. Consider it the new alternative to using your hands. This keychain is shaped to fit around door handles. And can be used on ATM keypads and elevator buttons. Aka, your go-to tool. ($12.99/2 pack, Etsy)

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Seat Pocket
For when you wanna keep your book out, but not in the designated seat pocket…

Use your own. BYOP. Bring-your-own-pocket. This one attaches to the tray table and can hold all the belongings you want mid flight. So you don’t need to touch the seat in front of you. Phew. ($19.76, Amazon)

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Stojo Bottle
For when you wanna stay hydrated while up in the air...

Fill your bottle. This bottle is collapsible. And made of silicone. So it’s durable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to tote around. Boom. ($25, Food52)

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Clear Pouch
For when you want extra gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes close by…

Prep a necessities pouch. Say hi to your in-air travel buddy. This pouch is clear, making airport security and quick grabs a breeze. No rummaging necessary. Especially while the seatbelt sign is on. ($39+, Mark & Graham)

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Neck Pillow
For when leaning your head against your hand is no longer an option…

Pack a pillow. This one will provide support, but can be rolled into a ball once your flight is over. It’s also lightweight, so adding it to your carry-on will be no big deal. To clean, just remove the cover and wash. Sweet dreams. ($60, Uncommon Goods)

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Phone Holder
For when you wanna watch a movie to help pass the time...

Set up your device. With a holder that can be molded to fit your phone or tablet. So you can stay hands-free. Now just sit back and relax. ($9.99, Amazon)

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Tray Cover
For when you wanna snack, but not touch the tray table…

Come prepared. Especially if you’re flying with kids. This one has raised sides so no grape goes tumbling off if you hit turbulence. No snack left behind. ($28.99, Amazon)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.

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