7 Essentials You Need for Your Post-Pandemic Travels
Freedom is just on the horizon. The pandemic has meant that most of us had to put our travel plans on hold. After a year stuck indoors, your wanderlust is at its peak. You’ve probably spent countless evenings on Skyscanner and Airbnb planning your dream trips. With countries starting to open their borders for vaccinated travelers, your dream travels might be just around the corner. Before you can jet off to the sun, you need to consider what essentials to pack in your luggage. We’re covering the ten items that should be at the top of your travel shopping list.
- A Travel Backpack
The first thing you need is something to put everything in. Your backpack is your travel companion – it’s the one thing you’ll take everywhere with you. It’ll hold your entire life. If you’re going to splurge on anything for your travels, let it be your backpack. At Chuupl, we create naturally distress leather pieces that will last a lifetime. They’ll tell the stories of your travels and become a one-of-a-kind piece over time. Our DeSoto backpack is the perfect size to hold everything you need, and it can double as an overnight bag if you’re planning a day trip.
A leather backpack is perfect as it’ll see you through any trip, whether you’re hiking or being a tourist through the streets of Paris. Whether you’re getting up close and personal with the Mona Lisa or a Malayan Tiger, your leather backpack will see you through it all.
- Masks, Masks, Mask
Always bring extra masks. If you’re planning to go for a week, make sure you have at least one mask a day. While reusable masks are great for the environment, you might not get a chance to clean them between use. Some airports may specifically request that you wear a medical or disposable mask instead of a reusable mask if you’re traveling by plane.
It’s worth double-checking what the mask situation is in the country you’re traveling to. You want to make sure to keep a few backup masks in your leather backpack in case you leave one in your hotel room or Airbnb.
- Packing Cubes
Whether you’re someone who likes to travel with multiple suitcases or if you’re loyal to your carry-on, you want to invest in packing cubes. We all have our preferred packing methods, but cubes can help you make use of every inch of space in your case. These handy organizing tools will also make unpacking your suitcase even easier.
You can give each part of your closet a specific packing cube, including your sneakers and sandals. If you’re heading out for a multi-city trip or backpacking through several countries, packing cubes can help you separate your clean clothes from dirty ones.
- DIY Hand Sanitizer Kit
Before COVID, did we ever think of making our own DIY hand sanitizer kits? You might have thrown a hand sanitizer into your backpack, but not you need a little more. Whatever your comfort level is with covid hygiene, you can make your own DIY kit. While this will take a little hunting to make, it’ll be cheaper than buying a premade one at the airport.
You want to find a zip-lock bag or a clear cosmetic bag that you can throw in everything you need. Fill it up with a mini hand sanitizer, wipes, disinfectant spray, and an extra bar of soap for your hotel room. Putting together your kit before you go traveling means you won’t get caught out and end up paying more at the duty-free or a tourist store.
- Portable Charger
While you might be used to jumping into a coffee shop to charge up your phone, social distancing means this might not be an option. You want to invest in a portable charger (and a backup portable charger!) to see you through your trip. It’s a good idea to choose one that will recharge your phone at least twice.
Portable chargers come in every shape and size - whether you want one you can throw into your pocket or one that matches the width of your phone. Don’t forget to pack a spare charging lead to use for your portable charges, so you don’t have to hunt down a power lead if something happens to your main one.
- UV Sanitizer Box
Speaking about your phone, it’s one thing we often forget to sanitize. Another post-pandemic essential is a sanitizer box. You put your phone through a lot every day, putting it down on random surfaces and dapping it against machines. A sanitizer box uses UV-C light to clean and sterilize your items within a few minutes. It’s a must-have if you’re planning for long-term travel if you wanted to stay extra protected.
These sanitizer boxes are usually affordable to pick up on Amazon. You can use it to clean and disinfect other essentials like your jewelry, reusable masks, and coins. It’s an essential that you can take with you while traveling and still use when you’re at home.
7. Travel Thermometer
Your health is always important, but even more so in the post-pandemic world. Most tourist attractions and landmark locations will take your temperature before letting you enter the building. It’s worth double-checking what the regulations are for the city or country you’re visiting. Even if it’s not required, businesses and restaurants may still conduct a screening before letting you into a building.
Investing in a travel thermometer means you can double-check your temperature. If you’re prone to getting sick while traveling or heading to a tropical destination, a thermometer can stop you from getting a nasty surprise while trying to go out for brunch.
With the world opening up after the pandemic, it’s time to let your wanderlust take life. Bring your Pinterest travel board to life and go out and explore the world. With these seven essentials, you’ll be ready to hit the road again and go on your dream trip. The world is your oyster, and it's time to start working on your travel bucket list.