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TPG’s 7 favorite face masks and where to buy them

Aug. 01, 2021
5 min read
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Editor's Note

This post has been updated with new information.

Masks aren't going away anytime soon.

Airlines and airports still require them while traveling, public transportation in many cities requires you to wear one while riding and many businesses require them for entry.

And now that the CDC is recommending the wearing of masks while indoors in high transmission areas, we'll continue to see more places where masks will be a necessity for entry.

It's important to find one that's comfortable and appropriate for you. To help you narrow down the list, we're highlighting a few of the products TPG staffers are using right now.

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KENNY FLOWERS

(Photo courtesy of Kenny Flowers)
(Photo courtesy of Kenny Flowers)

If you ask The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, what brand of mask he loves, he'll tell you about Kenny Flowers. These masks are made of soft, colorful fabrics, so they're comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. They are non-medical grade masks you can easily machine-wash. Masks cost $10, while a mask and shirt combo is $89.

VENTED N95 MASK PAIRED WITH A SURGICAL MASK

Several TPGers, including editor-at-large Zach Honig, prefer to wear a vented N95 mask paired with a surgical mask. These products provide top-of-the-line protection for both you and those around you.

Be aware that there are two types of N95 masks: vented and unvented. The unvented (medical grade) masks are the type health care workers regularly use -- although they can also use a vented (non-medical grade) mask paired with a surgical mask over it.

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When wearing a vented mask, you are not protecting those around you -- just yourself. So, if you do buy a vented mask, be sure to also layer on a surgical mask to ensure both you and people nearby are protected from the potential spread of any pathogen.

MARINE LAYER REUSABLE DOUBLE LAYER MASKS

(Photo courtesy of Marine Layer)
(Photo courtesy of Marine Layer)

What we love about Marine Layer masks is the fact that they've got adjustable fabric loops or ties, depending on the version you buy, instead of a one-size-fits-all elastic. This makes it super easy to customize the fit for anyone in your family. Made from soft fabric, these masks are comfortable and breathable, so you can wear them for extended periods when necessary. Spend $25 to buy three Adjustable Sport masks (with adjustable over-the-ear loops) or five Signature Tie masks (with fabric ties).

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SWEATY BANDS FACE MASK

(Photo courtesy of Sweaty Bands)
(Photo courtesy of Sweaty Bands)

There's a Sweaty Bands mask for just about everyone since the company makes some with elastic ear loops, adjustable ties and fabric loops. Teens gravitate to these masks but they're available in various sizes ranging from youth to adult extra-large. Masks are made with a stretchy fabric that's 88% polyester and 12% spandex. Prices vary, starting from $9.99 for a three-pack.

Disney face masks

(Photo courtesy of Disney)

Disney is once again requiring masks indoors and throughout attractions. Luckily, Disney has a large selection of face masks featuring characters and patterns inspired by your favorite Disney movies and shows — from Star Wars to Marvel to Mickey Mouse himself.

Whether you have kids or just want to embrace your inner child, these masks are sure to put a smile on your face. You can order a four-pack for $19.99 on Disney's website.

Johnny Was face masks

TPG travel editor Madison Blancaflor swears by her Johnny Was face masks, which come in patterned or embroidered packs of three or five. The masks are non-medical grade with a cotton lining, and they have a slot to add a filter for added protection.

You can get a pack of five embroidered or signature sateen masks for as low as $25.

THE POINTS GUY FACE MASKS

(Photo courtesy of The Points Guy)
(Photo courtesy of The Points Guy)

And, finally, if you want to show your allegiance to the travel industry, pick a mask sporting an aircraft or beach scene. The Points Guy is selling these durable two-layer fabric masks, constructed from a blend of cotton and polyester, for $12 each. The masks feature adjustable elastic ear loops that customize the fit. And, there's a nose clip that helps prevent your glasses from fogging up.

Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023