Future Travel – Your ‘New Normal’ Travel Essentials by Lara Livingstone
If you’d asked me before the current corona pandemic, what I considered to be a travel wellbeing/ health essential, I probably would have said antiseptic, plasters, and some multi-vitamins.
Post-corona virus and with the reality that moving forward this may not be the last pandemic I will experience in my lifetime I’ve already pulled today a multi-purpose kit to provide me with primary protection and keep me looking great as well.
First up – Face masks the most essential element in our post-Corona Virus travel essentials kit. First out of the gates of airlines now requiring mandatory masks for passengers are KLM, effective from May 11 2020 and who have stated that that “passengers are responsible for providing their own masks.”
To avoid putting your seat on the plane at risk by not being prepared, get ahead of the curve. You can either make your own mask and you only have to hop onto Youtube for a quick tutorial on it, or head over to Amazon.
You can go basic and practical with Realpack’s Protection Masks or amp up your viral fashion stakes why not support independent manufacturers on Etsy or via a local Facebook search. Here in Amsterdam you can literally find masks everywhere, from station kiosks, street markets popups at Centraal Station, even my favourite Spar at Sloterdijk Station, which is just around the corner from one of the coolest hotels in Amsterdam – Hotel2Stay Amsterdam.
Next, is your hand sanitizer either in gel or hand wipes. By thinking ahead about this essential you won’t get stuck doing a last-minute grab at the airport and paying over the odds. Either buy the large size while you are at home so you can decant it into your travel size bottles, or order online ahead of your latest trip.
Puressentiel Antibacterial Gel formula is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and won’t dry out your hands with ingredients like aloe vera, bio-alcohol, essential oils of tea tree, lemon and lavandin.
Although airlines usually clean plane cabins, between aircraft turnarounds. If you want to be doubly sure that your assigned space is as clean as it can be, bring your own travel wipes with you, I plumb for Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleaning Wipes
Gloves – Health experts have stated gloves should be worn when cleaning, picking up food (whether takeout or groceries), doing laundry, and interacting with people. Don’t slip up on protecting yourself by forgetting about protecting your hands on your flight with gloves.
Tissues – yes, keep a pack of pocket Kleenex in your hand luggage/handbag
The temperature and air pressure within your plane cabin can have an adverse effect on your skin – and on your eyes which can become dry and itchy.
The temperature and air pressure within your plane cabin can have an adverse effect on your skin – causing it to be irritated or to break out in either eczema or acne and on your eyes which can become dry and itchy. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Skin – If you can’t bear to travel in full make-up I get it, I’m the same, you need to get into the habit of taking your make-up off and replacing it with a good moisturiser, I swear by CeraVe Renewing System, Skin Renewing Night Cream. It contains hyaluronic acid which seals your skin’s moisture, and niacinamide to keep it hydrated.
Another favourite of mine is multi-purpose wonder Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. Not only will it moisturize your facel, but you can also use it on your lips, eyelids for shine and to tame those unruly eyebrows.
Eyes – Give your eyes a rest – if wear contact lens alternating them with glasses, wear your glasses during the flight, and store your contact lens, until you reach your final destination. Make sure your kit includes eye drops, to provide you with immediate relief from dry, irritated eyes.
When you get the chance to relax, take the time to treat yourself to an eye mask. I can’t get enough of Patchology Moonpatch Tea Infused Aromatherapy Eye Gel Infused with antioxidant Evening Primrose Extract detoxes the undereye area. Packed in a set of two (one for each eye) the eye patches are anti-inflammatory and reduce puffiness around your eyes.
Now that I have my new travel essentials kit ready to go, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get to use them soon……fingers crossed.
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