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What you need in a coronavirus travel kit

Pack these essentials to help prevent the spread of infection.

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If you need to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing along a travel kit can help you take steps to keep your hands clean and surfaces sanitized.

A general rule of thumb? Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant before touching them, and apply hand sanitizer frequently. Wherever possible, wash your hands with soap and water.

What to pack in your coronavirus travel kit

Your travel kit should contain the following hygiene products recommended by health experts like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Hand sanitizer. To kill germs on the go and reduce the risk of spreading bacteria, carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. But wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible.
  • Tissues. To reduce the risk of spreading germs, use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Quickly dispose of used tissues.
  • Antibacterial sprays and wipes. Experts say COVID-19 is mainly spread by person-to-person contact. But US government studies show it can also live on surfaces. According to the CDC, wiping down surfaces with a household cleaning spray or wipe can help reduce the chance of transmission. Be sure to wipe down any surfaces you touch while traveling, including seats, seat belts, armrests, doorknobs, handles and more.
  • Straws. Bring a reusable straw for drinks. Remember to keep it tucked safely away in a baggy or travel case until you’re ready to use it.
  • Spare underwear. Consider stashing a few pairs of fresh underwear in your travel kit. That way, you’ll have backups on hand if your travel plans get delayed.

Do I need a face mask in my coronavirus travel kit?

Yes. According to the CDC, “everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public,” because it’s possible to spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel sick. This means that a face mask should be part of every traveler’s coronavirus kit.

Bottom line

If you have to travel right now, toting a travel kit with a few essentials can help provide peace of mind. Overall, washing your hands with soap and water and not touching your face are two of the best things you can do to avoid disease — especially when traveling.

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