What to pack for a flight during COVID-19

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What to pack for a flight during COVID-19

My oh my, hasn’t 2020 thrown us into a bit of a tailspin?

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the course of our lives, not only has our day to day routine been significantly impacted, but so too has the way in which we travel on planes.

If you’re catching a flight in 2020, here’s a handy list of things you should pack.

Face masks

First and foremost, facemasks should be the number one thing to pack in your luggage. Many airlines are now strongly encouraging customers to wear face masks during the course of their flight. Having one readily on hand – especially a face mask that you actually like and suits your own personal style – ensures that you’re prepared and not caught off guard.

Face masks are one of the most important essentials to have on hand with you at all times, especially in areas where you cannot safely socially distance from others.

Hand sanitizer

Another key essential for flights in 2020. Many reputable agencies recommend customers to keep hand sanitizer on them at all times, using alcohol-based hand rubs in situations where you cannot wash your hands effectively. Hand sanitizers should be about 60-95% alcohol in order to keep germs at bay and should be used before/after eating, before/after your face mask is on/off and before/after any use of communal facilities.

Antibacterial wipes

One more for coronavirus germ prevention – antibacterial wipes. Supermarkets now sell small portable versions of these, so you can easily throw them into your bag without worrying about how much weight they add. Use your antibacterial wipes to wipe down key surfaces around you on the plane such as your headrest, table and tv screen.

Phone charger

These days, phones are our all-important lifelines carrying essential contact numbers, critical emails, maps, guides and more. Don’t let it run out of juice by ensuring you pack your phone charger in your luggage. Most airlines these days also include USB capabilities, so you’re able to charge your phone as you fly.

Comfortable, loose clothing

If you’re anything like me, you find that flights can get a little cramped. With the lack of space, you want to make sure you’re at least wearing something loose and flowy, so you can stay comfortable throughout the duration of your flight. This is particularly important on long-haul flights – consider loose clothing that can be layered, slip-on shoes and light jackets.

Paperwork and important documents

No matter where you’re flying to, it always helps to be prepared. Don’t forget all the important paperwork like your boarding pass, travel itinerary, license, passport, health insurance details, emergency contacts and copies of any other vital documents. This is also a friendly reminder to double-check you have cash, and a credit/debit card to pay for things!


One of the most easily forgotten items, ensure you’ve got your bag of toiletries on hand. This should include things like your toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, personal hygiene products, sunscreen, makeup, cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, soap and more. Basically, anything and everything you need on a day to day basis.

Health products, important medications

Depending on where you’re going, don’t forget your important prescription medications, as well as consider taking general pain relief tablets, first aid kits, multivitamins, flight sickness tablets, insect repellent, diarrhoea/laxative medication, allergy tablets, epi-pens and cold and flu tablets, should anything arise.


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