Your updated handbag packing list during these unprecedented times
While summer was always known as peak season for travel and tourism, Covid-19 has left airports and hotels empty and lifeless. But as time went on, more and more people are learning to coexist with the virus that we now know isn’t going anywhere.
As 2020 is almost coming to an end, overseas travel is still considered a high risk activity for contracting coronavirus, but taking the right precautions during your trip guarantees you’ll stay as far away from the bug as possible.
Of course, the right precautions begin with the right tools, so here’s a list of things you need in your handbag while on the go:
1. Passport and wallet
You might want to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour or close friend, but these are the top two items you should be constantly on the lookout for until you arrive at your destination.
2. Hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, and an alcohol based solution
Packing those three disinfecting items might seem over the top, but there is a specific need for every single one of them. Use hand sanitizer religiously whenever you touch a surface or doorknob, and alcohol to spray your handbag and luggage. Lastly, use clorox wipes to disinfect objects you know you will be using for a while, like your airplane seat and tray.
3. A face-mask, and a couple of extras
Keeping a social distance of at least two meters is the single most important precautionary measure you could do, but it's safe to assume that social distancing while traveling is nearly impossible. This is where wearing a face mask comes in hand; it prevents a Covid-19 carrier from transmitting the virus through air particles and others from breathing that same air.
Remember to pack extra face masks in case the one you’re wearing broke or accidentally fell down somewhere.
4. A phone charger and a power bank
The majority of us forget to charge our phone before we get on a flight somewhere, and mid-flight is not when you want your phone to die on you. More and more people are using their phones to store electronic copies of tickets and other documents like a negative Covid-19 test result that you need to get on a flight. That’s why it’s always best to pack your charger with you, and for times where a power outlet isn’t available, simply connect your phone to your power bank.
5. A book, tablet, or magazine
Entertainment while on airplane mode is key to having a relaxed and peaceful flight. You’ll have a lot of time to kill at the gate waiting while hosts board passengers at a slower rate for social distancing purposes, and in some cases while waiting to do a PCR test. In those seemingly never-ending times, keep calm and pull out a book or a magazine.
While there’s a growing consensus that people don’t get covid-19 from eating out, there may still be ‘blind spots’ if you’re not careful to sanitise the packaging and your hands after touching money and before eating. Keeping snacks on hand in your handbag means you’ll have something to reach out for when you’re starting to feel a rumble, and will put your mind at ease knowing you won't have to get obsessive about disinfecting.
7. A small toiletry kit
It’s no surprise that your hands will get extremely dry and brittle if you’re constantly sanitizing. To top it all off, the dry air in the airplane draws moisture from every single exposed area in your body, including your mouth, eyes and nose. Be sure to keep hydrated, and to lather on lip balm, and a thick moisturizer on your face and the rest of your body as soon as you’re seated and comfortable.
- Date Published: September 09, 2020
- Written By:Razan Mneimneh