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

Published on: Jun 15, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
Skimm Picks Flying Guide HeaderViraKey, Etsy

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. 

For when you’re about to enter the airport…
Face Mask
Wear a mask
$22, Ngozika O’keke

Always. But especially when you’re flying. 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.

Buy it
For when you need a carry-on with lots of pockets…
Dagne Dover Duffel
Grab a duffel
$95+, Dagne Dover

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.

Buy it
For when you need to use the restroom just before you board…
No Touch Tool
Avoid touching the door
$11.99+, ViraKey on Etsy

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.

Buy it
For when you gotta rely on snacks from home instead of the airport bar…
Reusable Bags
Use reusable bags
$7.97+, Amazon

These are leakproof. So you can pack fruit, chips, and nuts. Or candy and chocolate if that’s more your style. Either way, they’ll keep food fresh until you decide to eat. Dig in.

Buy it
For when you need your ID, credit card, and boarding pass on hand…
Crossbody Bag
Collect ‘em
$72.50, MZ Wallace

And keep them available while you’re heading to the gate. Since it’s crossbody, your hands will be free. And the exterior pocket means easy access. Organization really is everything.

Buy it
For when you want an extra barrier between you and the seat…
Seat Cover
Bring a cover
$63, Nice Seats on Etsy

Like a fitted sheet, but for flying. It’ll slip right over your seat to reduce contact. And once used, you can machine wash it. Consider it a must-have.

Buy it
For when you wanna keep your book out, but not in the designated seat pocket…
Seat Pocket
Use your own
$28.70, Amazon

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.

Buy it
For when you wanna stay hydrated while up in the air...
Stojo Bottle
Fill your bottle
$25, Food52

This bottle is collapsible. And made of silicone. So it’s durable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to tote around. Boom.

Buy it
For when you want extra gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes close by…
Clear Pouch
Prep a necessities pouch
$39+, Mark & Graham

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.

Buy it
For when leaning your head against your hand is no longer an option…
Neck Pillow
Pack a pillow
$60, Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it
For when you wanna watch a movie to help pass the time...
Phone Holder
Set up your device
$9.99, Amazon

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.

Buy it
For when you wanna snack, but not touch the tray table…
Tray Cover
Come prepared
$25.90+, Amazon

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.

Buy it

PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return.

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