48 face masks to wear when travelling

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After months of lock down, the UK is finally allowed to leave the house and go travelling. How we travel however, has changed. The UK’s quarantine rules are still in place for certain destinations, while many of us are playing it extra safe with staycations closer to home. The other big difference when it comes to travel is the safety precautions we need to take, most notably, wearing a face mask.

Where do you have to wear a face mask in the UK?

From 24 July, face masks must be worn in enclosed spaces in England. These spaces include shops, supermarkets, banks, post offices, trains, train stations, buses, bus stations, airports and planes. Those who fail to wear a mask could be fined up to £6,400. In Scotland, face masks must be worn in shops, and anyone who does not wear one could be fined up to £60.

Do you have to wear a mask on a plane?


Yes, most airlines around the world, including British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, now require both staff and passengers to wear masks while onboard and at the airport. Many airlines are also recommending passengers bring several masks with them. According to British Airways, one face mask lasts for four hours, so the airline recommends bringing a couple of masks to wear throughout the duration of your flight. Children who are not able to maintain wearing a face covering may be exempt, but please check with your airline before flying.

Where can you buy a face mask in the UK?

While the government advises making masks at home to save medical-grade masks for key workers, there are a host of fashion designers and retailers making fun and cheerful face masks to buy now. From fashion-favourites such as Erdem and The Vampire’s Wife, whose masks have become a cult-buy (with special drops on Fridays), to sustainable pioneer Isabel Manns and a host of Etsy creatives, there is a mask for every style and budget. Here is our edit of the best face masks to buy now.

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    Cheetah-print face mask, £22, Jessica Russell Flint, jessicarussellflint.co.uk

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    Cotton face mask, £8, Anthropology, anthropology.com

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  • Ribbon-tie face covering, £23, Roop, selfridges.com

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  • Silk chiffon mask, £30, Pearl Lowe, pearllowe.co.uk

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  • Tie dye face mask, £6.99, Topshop, topshop.com

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  • Patterned face mask, £12, Eclectic Chique, akojomarket.com

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  • Set of three AIRism face masks, £9.90, Uniqlo, uniqlo.com


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    Antiviral face mask, £39, Avant Guard, theavantguard.com

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    Cherry-print silk face mask, £20, Debonnaire, debonnaire.com

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  • More Joy face mask, £30, Christopher Kane, christopherkane.com

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  • Set of three cotton face masks, £9.22, kit.sch, mykitsch.com

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    Set of three adjustable masks, £32, Baggu, couvertureandthegarbstore.com

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    Printed silk face masks, £15, Lisou, lisou.co.uk

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    CBD face mask, £40, Playa, playalondon.com

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  • Antiviral face mask, £45, Deborah Lyons x Cambridge Mask Company, deborahlyons.co.uk

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    Set of two printed face masks, £12.99, Mango, mango.com

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  • Two-tone face mask, £8, MustardMonday at Etsy, etsy.com

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    Linen face masks, £11.99, PeoniesbyAmelia at Etsy, etsy.com

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  • Kiss motif face mask, £39, Look Fantastic, lookfantastic.com

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  • Pack of two mint gingham face masks, £12.99, Mango, mango.com

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    Denim face mask, £15, BunmiOfficial at Etsy, etsy.com

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  • Together Mask, with proceeds going to Medecins Sans Frontieres, £12, Bottletop, togetherband.org

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  • Pack of three face coverings designed by Mulberry, Raeburn, and Halpern, £15, BFC Foundation, bagofethics.org

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  • Hijab and face mask set, designed by Halima Aden, $45, Anywhere, bandingtogetherproject.com

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  • Star print face mask, £10, Hush, hush-uk.com

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    Navy silk face mask with bow, £45, Awon Golding, awongolding.com

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    Pack of three organic cotton face coverings, £19.95, Sea Salt, seasaltcornwall.co.uk

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    Sequin sun design face mask, £45, Oceanus, wolfandbadger.com

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    Antique floral print face covering, £40, Emily Carter, selfridges.com

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    3 x Little Mistress for Kindred Rainbow face masks, £19, with 100% of profits going to NHS Charities Together, Little Mistress, littlemistress.com

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  • Reusable cloth face mask, £12, Casetify, Casetify.com

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    Cotton printed face masks, from £5, Sketchmydress at Etsy, etsy.com

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  • 2 x face masks in lilac and mint, £12, ASOS, asos.com

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    3 x Non-Medical Face Covering — Multi, £20, Boden, boden.co.uk

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    ‘Made for Change’ charity face covering, £3, White Stuff, whitestuff.com

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    Cotton face masks, £8.33, Quiltoff at Etsy, etsy.com

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    Fabric mask, with proceeds going to women’s charities, £25, Sylvie Franquet, via her Instagram channel @loveandkindness20

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  • Silk face masks, £16.99, Cocorose London, cocoroselondon.com

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    Glitter face covering, £20, The Mighty Company, shopbop.com

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    Embroidered linen face mask, £19, Merrieknit at Etsy, etsy.com

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  • Meadow-print face mask, £45, Erdem, erdem.com

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  • ‘I’m Smiling’ face mask, £9.95, Scotch & Soda, scotch-soda.com

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  • Tie dye face mask, £11, Revolve, revolve.com

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    Gingham face mask, £15, ArtyMasks at Etsy, etsy.com

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  • Paisley bandana style face mask, £21, Profound, profoundco.com

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    Floral print with bird motif face mask, £30, Pearl Lowe, pearllowe.co.uk

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    3 x Toile Face Mask, £37.54, Homesite at Etsy, etsy.com

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    Face mask with oversized ribbon ties, £81, Collina Strada, collinastrada.com

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