Many folks this past year had to postpone their travel plans indefinitely due to the COVID19 pandemic. As folks are getting vaccinated, many are hoping to travel this summer and upcoming fall but have no idea what to expect. The pandemic isn’t over, so for folks choosing to travel, it’s important to do so cautiously and safely.
How can you travel safely as a plus size person post pandemic? We’ve got your back; read below for our best tips and advice!
So, you booked your flight. Now, what?
As with anything, do your RESEARCH first. Are you going to a place that is plus size friendly in terms of attractions, public transportation and clothing and/or footwear accessibility for larger bodies? The last thing anyone want to do is waste vacation time and hard earned money traveling to an area that doesn’t or can’t make (safe) accommodations for their body.
This is why we recommend downloading “Can We All Go,” an app designed to help fat folks communicate about the best places to visit while traveling, including how well they accommodate any requests and plus size customers.
Traveling post-pandemic means it’s essential to look up what restrictions and precautions you’re a destination, airline, and hotel have in place to protect their customers. Reviewing their COVID19 statements and policies is a critical part of pre-travel research. We also recommend reviewing the CDC’s guidelines around travel and specifically in your state and country to avoid any missteps.
It’s also important to come prepared. We love this article from Business Insider: “14 Best Traveling Essentials to Pack while Traveling in a Pandemic,” which helps travelers plan ahead and bring proper personal protection equipment and sanitization supplies airlines and hotels may or may not offer.
The Scoop on Flights and Hotels
We’ve unfortunately witnessed countless viral posts about rude passengers on flights towards plus size flyers. To ensure my comfort, I try to line up first. This gives me the advantage to board faster and get settled into my seat.
For flights, Southwest is my first choice because their seats are a little roomier. More importantly, per the customer of size policy, plus size passengers are able to obtain a second seat for F-R-E-E!
Keep in mind per airline policies; you must be able to fasten your seat belt. If asking for one on board makes you a little jittery, an extender can be purchased before your flight. Also, consider wearing compression socks to avoid swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs.
While hotels and lodging places are embracing the array of customers, plus size folks are still left out in some areas. The Marriott is by far my favorite chain. But, their soft plush “one size fits most” towels and robes just aren’t meant for me when I step out of the shower. Or leave the pool, for that matter. For added comfort during my travel, my favorite things are packed to bring along. Torrid has a great selection of robes, and my oversize towels were found on Amazon. But make sure you check out Plux Plush Towels!
Spontaneity is the best part of traveling. However, having a rough itinerary lets you prepare for the day. Even including 2-3 options for food, sightseeing, and reading the reviews can help you decide what to do each day if you’d like to avoid a Wine Country moment with 3-ring binders for everyone in your group. And what about footwear? Sure, those flats from Target are cute, but are they practical for a day of walking and sightseeing? Consider comfortable options. Sketchers carry a cute ballet flat that has memory foam, just like their slip on sneakers!
Purchase lighter or moisture-wicking materials in the hotter months. If you’re a part of the “thick thighs save lives” club, toss on Bandelettes or biker shorts under your dress to avoid chafing! You’ll thank us later!
Now that you know how to have the most unforgettable trip ever get to planning and putting together your travel checklist!
Where are you hoping to travel to first, post-pandemic?