In May, the U.S will have enough vaccines for every adult, which lets us know that maybe, just maybe, life will go back to somewhat normal by the time summer officially hits. So we’re talking probably mid-June. No doubt, the number of people catching flights (not feelings!) will skyrocket. Well, that’s the hope of airline companies trying their best to give people the incentive to travel more. For instance, JetBlue announced that they’re lowering prices but will get rid of storing luggage in the overhead compartment. That said, if you’re an influencer or someone who plans on traveling outside the state or country, here are some suggestions to add to your list in case you’re struggling amid the pandemic.
1. Sunscreen (PDF 50)
At one point, I had thought sunscreen was only meant to be applied in the summer. As I’ve gotten older, I learned that you’re actually supposed to put on sunscreen every day, whether the sun is out or not. In short, aside from skin cancer, sunscreen helps your skin from health-damaging UV rays. By applying sunscreen on your face each day prevents the premature aging of skin, helps maintain an even skin tone, and again, lowers your risk of skin cancer.
I know this might sound silly, but yes, you should always carry some form of chapstick with you. Whether it be a lip balm (they come in many different flavors too), Carmax (they can last for years!) or Burt’s Bees (this one is my favorite). The reason being is that it would keep your lips moisturized. Try to resist the urge of licking your lips: you’re only drying them out. Literally.
3. Baby Wipes
Even though the U.S will have enough vaccines by May, that doesn’t mean you should stop protecting yourself. Therefore, baby wipes would come in handy when you’re at a restaurant and you want to wipe things down. And they don’t have to be only for restaurants. They could also be used for the bathroom and seats on the airplane. According to Charnas: “the seats on airplanes are so dirty! I always wipe down the seat, the screens, the seatbelts, and everything else I touch!”
4. Hand Sanitizer Spray
Airplanes carry as much bacteria as any other open space. Because of that, on top of your hand sanitizer in liquid form, you should carry a hand sanitizer spray. Be like Naomi Campbell and spray down every thing.
5. Disposable Masks
Masks that can be worn many times is one thing, but carrying disposable masks is another thing. Disposable masks are important to carry in your backpack or purse because it allows you to throw them away after one use. Also, if you need another incentive to buy a pack of disposable masks, dirty masks cause acne, so if you’re not washing your reusable masks every day, then yes, you have a dirty mask. And who wants a dirty mask? Not me.
6. Extreme Protective Earplugs
We’ve all been there before, barely catching our flight before the plane takes off only to run into a crying baby. At times, this particular baby, or child even, does not stop crying for hours, and if it’s a relatively long flight, yikes, good luck! Thus, it’s very important to carry with you quality protective earplugs. Here’s what Rich had to say about it: “Never underestimate the joy of having a good set of earplugs. They will not only make your flight more enjoyable but could save your sanity along with your travels.”
7. Protein Bars
Because JetBlue has decided to remove the option of overhead luggage, who knows what might be next? Complimentary snacks? Regardless, you should remember to stop at a convenient store and buy yourself some protein bars. Not only are they healthy but also filling. Forget the juice or soda (you should drinking water anyway)! And now you can say goodbye to their expensive ass menu as well. Why? Because you can replace it with a protein bar.
8. Olly Sleep Vitamins
Marianna Hewitt says: “Whenever I am traveling internationally, I try and get myself on the schedule of where I am going when I am in transit.” Hewitt further notes that: “I’ll look at my world clock and whenever it’s almost night time in the destination I’ll be arriving at — I’ll eat one to two sleep vitamins which help me just relax and fall asleep so that when I arrive I don’t feel so jet-lagged.”
9. Favorite Book
If you’re not a fan of reading, then find the courage to commit to one book per month. Come on, you can at least do that! In that case, bring that one book with you every where: to the coffee shop if you need to get some work done, to the airport if your flight is delayed, to the beach when the sun decides to show itself (New England is looking ugly right now!). Whatever the case may be, reading has a lot of benefits, for it has the ability to improve brain connectivity, increase your vocabulary and comprehension, it fights depression symptoms, just to name a few.
10. Travel Pillow
Don’t you just hate when you wake up from a nap on the plane and you have a crick in your neck? Damn, does it hurt! That’s why it’s up to you unless you’re flying first-class, to buy a travel pillow. The importance of travel pillows is pretty self-explanatory: they make naps a lot less painful!
At any rate, hopefully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, which will allow life to resume again, even though it has already but with restrictions. For instance, recently Georgia’s Gov. Brain Kemp has said he is rescinding the statewide mask mandate and allowing restaurants to reopen at 100%. So I guess America is moving in the right direction, but who knows? So that’s why you should be cognizant of what you decide to bring with you on the plane.
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