If you’re planning to take a trip either by airplane or car during the pandemic, it’s important to be prepared. Here’s a helpful list of items to pack for travel during the pandemic that will both keep you safe and make you comfortable during your trip.

For more info, make sure to check out tips from the CDC before you book a flight or plan a trip.

The basics:

Whether you’re traveling by airplane or car during the pandemic, make sure to pack hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and a face covering. Many airlines and rest stops now require that you wear a face-covering while using their services. A comfortable face mask like this one will make a long trip with a mask much more enjoyable.

To help you not touch commonly germy items:

No-touch door opener

Use these handy tools to open doors to bathrooms, restaurants, rest stops, etc. without having to touch the door handle.

Disposable airplane seat covers

You can slip this airplane seat cover right over the plane seat to reduce contact. When your flight is over, just remove and safely dispose. You can also get a machine washable reusable version if you’re planning to fly often.

Airplane tray table cover and organizer

Airplane tray tables are consistently known as some of the dirtier parts of a plane. This cover can both limit contact with the tray table and provide a handy pocket that will organize your stuff and keep it accessible without being in the seatback pocket in front of you.

Travel Pillow

Instead of resting your head on a window or tray table, pack a comfortable neck pillow to help keep you well-rested and healthy. This handy pillow is comfortable, inexpensive, and easy to pack.

To make your travels more comfortable:

Reusable water bottle

Pack a reusable water bottle when traveling during the pandemic to ensure you always have water to drink. This bottle even packs down to a smaller size when it’s empty for easier transportation.

Reusable snack bags

Many airlines have suspended food and drink service on flights so it’s important to pack snacks when traveling during the pandemic. Use these reusable snack bags to limit your use of plastic.

Device stand

This handy device stand will hold up your phone so you can read, stream your favorite shows, or read a book while traveling.

Road trip items to pack for travel during the pandemic:

Emergency kit for your car

Make sure you’re prepared for a potential car emergency when planning a road trip and pack this handy car emergency kit.

Disposable gloves

One of the best ways to protect yourself when on a road trip during the pandemic is to use disposable gloves when pumping gas. Put on a fresh pair of gloves before pumping and remove and dispose of right after.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is always a good idea, but it’s an especially important item to pack for travel during a pandemic.


During the pandemic, it’s best to pack your own drinks and food in order to limit stops and make sure you can eat and drink when areas may be closed. This cooler is perfect for keeping snacks and drinks cool during your trip.


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