Face masks have become a part of our daily lives, and while we may not be required to wear them everywhere we go, they will likely remain a part of travel for some time to come.
As travelers, we are required to wear masks on all flights, at airports and on public transport in most countries. This is not likely to change any time soon.
The question now, what are the best masks to wear while traveling?
Obviously, you want proper protection, but you also want them to be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time on long trips.
We recently sent some masks from LCP Medical to trial and were really impressed with the masks.
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LCP Medical Masks
Using PathoGen™ technology and filtration mechanisms, LCP Medical has created convenient, washable FrontLine™ and EasyBreathe™ fabric face masks.
Front Line Masks Features:
- High-quality fabric, elegant structure, reusable and easy to sterilize
- 3 types of filters: N95-compatible base filter, PathoGen filter, and sports filter
- The patent pending air chamber keeps the fabric away from the face, preventing skin irritation and preventing the fabric from being absorbed when breathing
- All-day comfort with an excellent fit and seal to prevent leaks around the edges and fogging of the glass
Their masks are available in five adjustable sizes, including youth sizes (5 to 12 years old). You also get multiple replaceable filter styles.
The FrontLine face mask kit costs $45.99 and includes:
- cloth face mask
- 5 primary filters compatible with N95
The EasyBreathe face mask costs $24.99 and includes:
- Washable Single Cloth Face Mask with Built-in Air Compartment with Excellent Filtration of High Flow Fabric
- No need for replaceable filters
How do LCP medical masks increase airflow?
There is a balance between air flow for easy breathing and fresh air exchange versus filtration that restricts air flow and exchange.
One advantage of the air chamber on LCPs is that the filter is kept away from the face to allow some pressure equalization with air flowing through the filter. With that being said, there will always be some re-breathing with any mask that has any level of effective filtration.
Simply: The larger chamber on LCPs allows for more airflow than masks near your mouth.
How do you wash your mask
FrontLine and EasyBreathe masks from LCP Medical are reusable and can be hand washed with soap and water.
Before washing the front line mask, be sure to remove the filter.
How long can you use the filter?
Filters are recommended to be replaced after 6-8 hours of continuous use, or if evidence of saturation or contamination appears. Most people will be able to wear the mask for a few weeks before switching filters depending on how often they wear the mask.
LCP Medical offers a wide variety of Frontline Refill Filters:
- The N95 Compatible Base Filter is the standard base filter made for our masks
- The Anti-PathoGen filter consists of multiple layers of pure copper, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported to eliminate 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- The Sports Filter is specifically designed for exercise, sports, outdoor activities, and other situations where high-flow filtration is required.
Another EasyBreathe mask has a built-in filter that can be washed by hand. This mask offers all the design/convenience features (including no fogging on the glass) but not the same level of protection.
Our review of LCP Medical Travel Masks
I am not a big fan of wearing masks. Who is right?
I use every opportunity to take off the mask and only put it on when needed and when safety regulations require it or when I decide for myself that it is necessary.
So I don’t test the mask for 8 hours straight, but I’m critical when wearing it.
My first impression was that it felt higher quality compared to all the other cheap masks I’ve bought and worn. It has happened a few times that I took a cheap mask out of my pocket and then the tape broke. My wife won’t mind, as she will have a second and a third mask in her handbag. Well… I don’t have a handbag and rush out of the house with only one mask, which needs to be grabbed.
This is the first plus point. The LCP mask will last longer.
The first time I wore the mask, it felt loose, although it wasn’t. This was due to the large air chamber and that the mask does not lie flat against your mouth. So it’s actually more comfortable.
I also like that you can decide if you want to use the filter or not. Clearly a filter is essential most of the time. It’s good that you can replace it quickly and easily, but then keep the mask. How many masks did you see on the tracks? And we’ve all seen pictures of masks being washed up on the beach. It’s definitely a plus point, if you can reuse your mask as often as possible.
It’s the first black mask I’ve used, which fits in a hoodie and all other clothes. 🙂 Another plus point. Not that I was jealous, but there were people who wore better looking masks in the past. This has now changed. 😉
No matter what, I’m looking forward to the day we can ditch all masks again. Let’s hope that day comes sooner rather than later. I still expect it will take another 1-2 years for us to have to wear masks when traveling. And I’m glad I got a mask for those trips now, and it’s a reliable mask and does its job.