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5 Travel Essentials For The New Normal

Here are 5 travel essentials you should add to your list, including how much you can expect to pay for them.

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Travel is slowly coming back into our lives, but that doesn’t mean that we’re returning to pre-pandemic times. In this new normal, we still have to take safety precautions so that we don’t contract or spread the COVID-19 virus, especially when visiting a different country. In addition to vaccinations and PCR tests, there are a few safety measures that travellers can take to feel more secure during their trip. Here are 5 travel essentials you should add to your list, including how much you can expect to pay for them.

Table listing average costs of different personal protective equipment.

Face Masks

Before you go anywhere, you want to make sure that you have enough face masks to last your trip. Masks are still required in many places and you’ll most definitely have to wear one on public transport like a plane or train. Even if you prefer to wear reusable masks, it’s a good idea to bring a few back-ups. Experts recommend that you wash your reusable mask everyday, so you should keep this in mind as you’re packing some masks for the road.

A 1-2 pack of reusable face masks runs for an average S$5.51 online, while a 50-piece pack of disposable face masks costs approximately S$6.22. If you want ultimate protection from COVID-19, you can consider upping your budget by 232% – 275% to buy a pack of N95 or KN95 masks. While there are some differences in their makeup, both types of masks filter out 95% of particles in the air. Thus, you can expect to pay an average cost of S$20.66 for 10 to 25 pieces of either type, depending on the provider.

Hand Sanitizer

Regular hand washing has been proven to prevent the spread of germs. However, you might not always have access to water and soap on the plane or on your trip. As back up, you should carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you in your handbag or check-in bag.

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The most-effective hand sanitizers are those with 60% or more alcohol content, which are priced at an average of S$2.09 per 50-60ml bottle online. Thus, when you’re comparing hand sanitizers online, it’s best to stay away from the all natural or alcohol-free sanitizers. If you’re concerned about drying out your hands, you can buy a sanitizer with a moisturizing effect, or carry a small bottle of hand lotion.

Disinfectant Wipes

Airlines are saying that their planes are the cleanest that they’ve ever been. This is comforting news for people returning to travel, but it’s important to stay vigilant. To ensure the utmost cleanliness of your surroundings and belongings, you should add disinfectant wipes to your packing list. With wipes, you can disinfect the toilet seat of an airplane bathroom or sanitize the doorknobs of your hotel room. Similarly, you can use alcohol pads to clean your phone, which scientists have shown to carry high levels of bacterial contamination.

It’s a good idea to carry a couple of packs in your handbag, as well as checked-in luggage. A large pack of 100-160 sheets costs approximately S$13.41 online, while a smaller pack of 10-60 sheets runs for about S$2.38. Depending on the deal you find online, you may be able to save money by buying multiple small packs, as opposed to a few large packs.

No-Touch Thermometer

A fever is still one of the tell-tale signs of COVID-19, so it’s smart to keep track of your vitals as you travel. Many businesses around the world still do temperature checks before allowing people into their establishment, but you can get a head start on tracking symptoms with your own thermometer. If you don’t want the fuss of disinfecting a contact thermometer, then a no-touch thermometer is your best option. If used correctly, they can be as accurate as an oral thermometer, and also give faster readings without the risk of cross-infection between multiple users. These cost an average of S$16.23 on Shopee, but you can find a no-touch thermometer anywhere between S$6.00 and S$50.00. Your final price will vary depending on model, accuracy and battery life.

Travel Insurance Plan

As a final addition to your packing list, travel insurance is key to protecting you financially when it comes to any disruptions to your trip. With travel insurance, you are reimbursed for any theft or damage to your belongings, as well as cancellations or postponing of your flight and hotel. Similarly, travel insurance can protect you from the high medical costs of disease or injury accrued when overseas.

Many plans offer COVID-19 riders now, which can not only save you money if you were to contract COVID-19 in your destination country, but also your life in more urgent cases. If you are looking for comprehensive coverage, then you should consider FWD as your provider. FWD’s travel insurance plan with a COVID-19 rider financially covers you in the event that you get sick with COVID-19 before, during, or even after your trip.

Pack Your Bags For The New Normal

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What we once thought would last a few months turned out to change the way we live and travel. As the effects of the pandemic continue, we should take precautions and be prepared for anything that comes our way. Before you travel, make sure you have the right amount of personal protective equipment and hygiene products. Similarly, all-inclusive coverage like FWD’s travel insurance plan and its COVID-19 rider will give you confidence knowing that you are financially protected in case you do come across the virus on your travels.

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