Face Mask Roundup
Most of us were blissfully unaware of face masks in 2019. Fast forward to today and face masks are an essential accessory that aren’t going anywhere for quite some time. But with so many options out there, have you found the best option for you and your family? Almost every store and brand (from Old Navy and Target to Gap and Disney) are selling them these days—including our AAA Travel Stores, and some even donate a portion of their sales to a cause. While it may take some digging to find masks with the right shape, color, fit and size for you, it is worth it to look and feel great while protecting yourself and others.
For the Artist
Early in the pandemic, Etsy was flooded with custom face mask requests as retailers scrambled to meet demand. It still remains a popular option for face masks (among other things), especially for fun and exclusive one-of-a-kind prints.
For the Pragmatist
One of the retailers doing it right, Vida consistently ranks high for style, price, comfort and functionality. Its masks feature basic colors, solid materials and wide facial coverage. Filters are also included in the purchase.
For the Outdoor Explorer
From Pacsafe, the company that creates the world’s toughest travel gear, comes two of the most durable face masks: ViralOff and Silver Ion. ViralOff is a lightweight, 1-ply mask while the Silver Ion is an impressive 5-ply. Visit a AAA Travel Store to pick up either option—both are carried in adult sizes medium and large, and ViralOff is also available in child’s size small.
One of the more recognizable brands on the list, Athleta now offers a quality face mask in addition to athletic apparel and accessories. Even with three layers, the soft fabric is breathable, and the pleated design along with adjustable ear straps allows you to find the perfect fit for both kids and adults.
The ultra-soft masks from Casetify fit best on larger faces and come from a company familiar with safety and security, as the brand is known for making phone cases and UV sanitizers. With each purchase, an FDA-approved surgical mask is donated to Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization that distributes masks to medical professionals around the globe.
For the Kids
While Vista Print makes masks for both adults and children, they have been especially popular with kids. The masks come in a variety of fun patterns, have an adjustable nose wire for an accurate fit and are made of stretchy polyester to make them more adaptable for activewear.
For the Fashionista
Care Cover by DM Merchandising’s popular lineup offers a wide variety of fun, unique and colorful prints that will make you want to wear your mask. Available in sizes for adults and kids, they have two layers, adjustable straps and are available at AAA Travel Stores. The company also makes a donation to further assist COVID-19 relief efforts for each mask sold. There are even hand sanitizer caddies in matching patterns to complete the look.