Air travel may be picking back up, but it looks like the face mask requirement is here to stay for quite some time. It’s important to pick a face mask that’s going to be both comfortable and protective for a flight—you want to make sure it’s one you can wear for hours and (hopefully) even sleep in. Here are the seven best face masks for flying and travel.
Wanwane Disposable Surgical Masks
Surprisingly, a disposable surgical mask is the most comfortable choice for many travelers. They’re lightweight and breathable, while still offering three layers of protection. We like these black ones from Amazon which look a little nicer than the standard blue surgical masks, plus have an extra-soft elastic ear loop. These are a bargain price for a pack of 100, which means you won’t feel guilty about following health guidelines and disposing of the masks after each use.
Caraa Universal Masks
An embedded nose wire and earloops with toggles allow you to adjust the Caara Universal Adult Masks for a custom fit. The masks are machine-washable, and can be used with filters for extra protection.
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Slip Silk Face Masks
Tired of “maskne” (face breakouts caused by wearing a mask)? Give Slip’s silk mask a try. The outer and inner layers are made from 100 percent mulberry silk that’s gentle on the skin, while the middle layer is 100 percent cotton to aid in filtering. Adjustable elastic ear loops and nose wires add to the comfort factor.
Marine Layer Signature Tie Mask
Traditional earloop masks can hurt your ears after wearing them for long periods. Give your ears a break with Marine Layer’s Signature Tie Mask which tie behind the head for a secure (but not painful) fit.
Travel Themed Face Mask
Make your fellow flyers smile under their masks with these fun travel-themed masks. In addition to an eye-catching design, these masks are very comfortable for long flights, thanks to their 100 percent cotton construction. The fabric is pre-washed and pressed for extra softness, and the ear straps are made from cotton t-shirts so the comfort doesn’t stop at your ears.
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Lululemon Double Strap Face Mask
For a mask that’s comfortable both on your flight and at your destination, look no further than Lululemon’s Double Strap Face Mask. Made from a smooth and lightweight trademarked Ultralu Fabric, this mask is great to wear for long periods, as well as for workouts (or strenuous sightseeing walks). The double strap design is perfect for outdoor activities, when you might want to wear your mask around your neck at some points (while still keeping it easy to pull over your face when needed).
OPECTICID K95 Mask
K95 Masks offer one of the highest levels of protection against COVID-19. These ones by OPECTICID are great for travel, because they are individually wrapped, so they won’t get dirty in your bag. They also have a wide and flat elastic ear hook that’s more comfortable than the standard design.