Face Masks and Travel

by Wendy VanHatten

You know the feeling. You’ve been sitting in the boarding area of the airport and on the plane for several hours. With a face mask on.

By the time you arrive, the face mask you put on at the beginning of your travel day will probably start to feel pretty nasty. This gets even worse if you’re waiting overnight for a new flight.

The solution? Bring several extra, clean face masks to change into.

Did you know a wet face mask can be less effective in the protection it provides? If you feel like your face mask is getting damp, change it out for a new one. Same goes if you have allergies and sneeze or cough into it.

If you have a reusable mask, the CDC recommends you store it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash it. The quicker you wash the mask, the better it will be. You don’t want it to get moldy in the baggie.