9 Essentials You Need to Travel With During a Pandemic

With rising COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. and around the world, more people are finally able (and ready) to travel as the world slowly reopens. However, traveling today looks very different to what it did pre-pandemic, and there are still many essentials you need to travel, and precautions you must take to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Most countries have very specific rules to enter (that are constantly changing), so it’s important to have the latest information before beginning your journey. As a first step in planning any trip abroad, always check travel advisories for the intended destination on the U.S. Department of State website here.

Essential travel supplies

Once you move to the planning stage, here are some essentials you’ll need to travel as smoothly as possible, to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

  • Get vaccinated and wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public spaces. The COVID vaccine is the best way to stay safe and keep others safe while traveling during the pandemic.
  • Bring proof of vaccination. Most airlines allow you to fly with proof of vaccination. I recommend uploading your information into the Verifly App or Healthvana, to carry a digital version of your COVID-19 vaccination record to access from any internet-connected device. I haven’t had problems using this digital version in Europe.
  • Check entry requirements of the country you plan to visit. The rules are constantly changing; you’ll find links to U.S. embassies or consulates for information on restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local authorities here.
  • Bring plenty of masks. I like to bring a variety of N95, disposable surgical, and some of my comfortable cloth masks.
  • Have plenty of travel wipes handy. You are handed a wipe when you get on a plane now, however, I like to be sure I have plenty of wipes to clean all surfaces including tray tables, monitors, windows, and don’t get me started on those dirty seat belt crevices. I use these handy travel Clorox packs that not only smell great, but are easy to throw into any small bag.

Essentials for travel hygeine

  • Bring TAG protective bag covers. TAG is a single-use, eco-friendly protective bag cover that finally solves the dreaded, “Please place your bag under the seat in front of you” we all know we will hear on that flight, yet never want to actually think what may be actually on the airplane floor. TAG allows you to carry on, without the germs!
  • Don’t forget Hand Sanitizer.  I love the Touchland hydrating hand sanitizer mist in citrus grove scent. It keeps my hand sanitized and moisturized, and smells really fresh and lovely.
  • Packing Cubes are a great way to save space and organize your packing. These Erin Condren packing cubes  help separate items in my bags, so each has its own place, AND they are stylish and durable.

packing cubes for travel


  • Keep your Health Insurance policy handy. In the event of an emergency, you want to be sure you know  where and how to seek medical attention if you need it, and exactly what your policy covers. You might consider buying a family travel insurance policy to cover unexpected delays or cancellations.

Things can change quickly with the unpredictability of the pandemic, so before booking any travel I’d ask:  “Would I be OK if I were trapped somewhere if I get COVID, and needed to quarantine before traveling home?”

If the answer is no, it might be less stressful to stay home for now. If the answer is yes, then pull together the essentials you need to travel and begin to plan your next adventure!

What are the essentials you need to travel during a pandemic?

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About The Author


I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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