As more and more people get vaccinated, the demand to travel safely has skyrocketed! We love to see people itching to travel and explore the world again, and would love to help you do so in any way possible!
We have compiled some tips, tricks, advice, and general information that may be useful if you or a loved one is planning a trip or vacation soon! As always, don't hesitate to email us - ContactUs@Ifmasks.com, or use the live chat feature if you have any questions!
Travel tips and tricks for 2021: Proper mask and respirator usage!
- Mask rules and regulations may vary depending on your origin, destination, airport and/or airline. It's important to check the specifics of each of your carriers before you leave. Regardless, here are some things to keep in mind while traveling!
- You'll need more than one mask for your trip! Masks should be changed daily and disposed of after they're worn. Order masks at least one month before your departure date to ensure you will be properly equipped!
- Wear your mask at all times except when eating or drinking.
- Studies on mask efficacy found that droplets are expelled even when speaking, so it's crucial to keep your mask on as much as possible to protect yourself and others.
- Most people should wear a mask if physically able. Masks should be worn by all travelers apart from those younger than 2, people who cannot remove the mask without assistance or those who cannot wear one for medical reasons.
- Some masks are prohibited! Masks with valves or vents, masks made with mesh or lace fabric, and masks that cannot be secured under the chin (ex. bandanas) are not permitted on most airlines.
- Face shields are usually okay when worn with a proper mask/respirator. Several airlines allow passengers to wear a face shield as long as those passengers also wear an appropriate mask or N95.
- Plan to wear your mask for your entire journey! Masks are usually required in an airport, and most individual airlines require passengers to wear them from check-in to baggage claim.
- Change your mask when you get off the plane! As you travel, your mask is absorbing sweat, makeup and other particles. There's no need to swap masks mid-flight as long as your mask has a proper seal and tight fit.
- Use extra caution on public transportation like buses and trains. One may encounter more bacteria and viruses in that environment, compared to an airport. A mask with at least three layers will help decrease particle transmission.
When proper precautions are taken, traveling can be as simple as ever! We recommend our IFM SM3 Surgical Mask and N95 Particulate Respirator for travel, as they are both highly efficient at filtering bacteria and particulates and will be allowed by every major airline and/or public transit authority!