Review: LCP Medical Face Masks for Traveling

Face masks have become a part of our daily lives, and while we may not be required to wear them everywhere we go, they’re likely to still be part of traveling for some time to come.

As travelers, we’re required to wear masks on all flights, at airports and on public transport in most countries. And this isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

The question now is, what are the best masks to wear while traveling?

You obviously want proper protection, but you also want it to be comfortable to wear for extended periods on long flights.

We were recently sent a few masks from LCP Medical to trial and were really impressed with the masks.

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LCP Medical masks

Using their PathoGen™ technology and filtration mechanisms, LCP Medical created custom-fit washable FrontLine™ and EasyBreathe™ cloth face masks.

Features of the FrontLine masks:

  • High Quality fabric with elegant construction that is reusable and easy to sanitize
  • 3 Filter Types: N95 Compliant Base Filter, PathoGen Filter, and Sport Filter
  • Patent Pending Air Chamber holds the fabric away from the face, preventing skin irritation and keeping fabric from being sucked in when breathing
  • All-Day Comfort with excellent fit and seal to prevent leakage around the edges and fogging of glasses

Their masks are available in five adjustable sizes, including youth sizes (ages 5-12). You can also get multiple replaceable filter styles.

The FrontLine protective face mask kit costs $45.99 and includes:

  • One cloth facemask
  • 5 x N95 compliant base filters

The EasyBreathe face mask costs $24.99 and includes:

  • One cloth washable facemask with Embedded Air Chamber with excellent high flow fabric filtration
  • No replaceable filters needed
LCP Medical masks for traveling
LCP Medical masks

How do LCP Medical masks increase your air flow?

There is a balancing act between air flow for easy breathing and fresh air exchange vs. filtration which restricts air flow and exchange.

One of the benefits of the air chamber on the LCP Medical masks is the filter is held away from the face allowing for some pressure equalization as air flows through the filter. With that being said, there will always be some rebreathing with any mask that has any level of effective filtration.

Simply put: The bigger chamber in the LCP Medical masks allows more airflow than masks sitting close against your mouth.

How to wash your mask

Both the FrontLine and EasyBreathe masks from LCP Medical are reusable and can be hand washed with soap and water.

Before washing your FrontLine mask, make sure to remove the filter.

How long can you use the filter for?

It is recommended that filters are replaced after 6-8 hours of continuous use, or if evidence of saturation or contamination occurs. Most people would be able to wear the mask for a few weeks before switching out the filters based on how often they wear a mask.

LCP Medical offers a variety of Frontline filters for refills:

  • The N95 Compliant Base Filter is the standard base filter made for our masks
  • The Anti-PathoGen Filter is made from multiple layers of pure elemental copper, reported by the EPA to eliminate 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The Sport Filter is specifically made for exercise, sports, outdoor activities, and other situations where high-flow filtration is desired.

Their other EasyBreathe mask has a built-in filter that can be hand-washed. This mask offers all of the design/comfort features (including no glass fogging) but not the same level of protection.

Our review of the LCP Medical masks for traveling

I’m not a big fan of wearing masks. Who is, right?

I use every chance to take the mask off and wear it only when needed and when safety rules demand it or when I decide myself that it’s necessary.

So I’m not testing the mask for 8 hours straight, but I’m critical when wearing it.

My first impression was that it felt of higher quality compared to all the other cheap masks I bought and wore. It happened several times that I took out a cheap mask from my pocket and then the ribbon broke. My wife wouldn’t mind, as she would have a second and third mask in her handbag. Well… I don’t have a handbag and I rush out of the house with only one mask, which needs to hold.

So that’s the first plus point. The LCP mask is going to last far longer.

The first time I wore the mask, it felt loose, though it wasn’t. This was because of the big air chamber and that the mask does not lie flat on your mouth. So it’s actually far more comfortable.

I also like that you can decide if you want to use the filter or not. Obviously the filter is necessary most times. It’s nice that you can exchange it quickly and easily, but then keep the mask. How many masks have you seen on the paths? And we have all seen the photos of masks being washed onto the beach. It’s definitely a plus point, if you can reuse your mask as much as possible.

It’s the first black mask I’m using, which fits to my hoodie and all other clothes. 🙂 Another plus point. Not that I was jealous, but there were people with better looking masks in the past. This changed now. 😉

And no matter what, I’m looking forward to the day when we can get rid of all the masks again. Let’s hope that this day comes sooner than later. I still expect that it will take another 1-2 years that we will have to wear masks when traveling. And I’m glad that I got a mask for those trips now, which is reliable and does it job.

Top Places to Visit in Belgrade, Serbia

Over the past few years the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, has become increasingly popular with visitors who want to get a real taste of the Balkans.

Unfortunately there are not many guide books which cover this amazing city which makes it a bit difficult to plan a trip in advance and know which places to visit in Belgrade.

Over the past five years I have spent quite a few months in Belgrade and if I had to come up with the five best things to check out for a first time visitor it would look something like this:

Places to visit in Belgrade, Serbia
View of Belgrade city from Danube river –

Places to visit in Belgrade

Here are the best types of places to visit in Belgrade!

A Café

Belgraders love going for a coffee. You will find cafés on every corner and they are always packed with people. “Going for a coffee” can easily mean sitting around for a few hours, chatting with friends, watching passers-by and being watched.

Check out the various places on the central pedestrian Knez Mihailova street, the beautiful art-deco Hotel Moskva (Terazije 20), the distinctly 19th century “Ruski Car” (Obilicev venac 29), or the alternative “Centrala” (ul. Simina 6).

Places to visit in Belgrade, Serbia
Old Town Central Street in Belgrade –

A Fast Food Place

Serbians love meat and they love their fast food places. Once you have tasted a typical Balkan burger you will never want to go back to the likes of McDonald’s.

Try a “gurmanska pljeskavica” (beef patty with cubes of bacon and cheese worked in); there’s nothing better than that after a night out. Recommended places include “Loki” (corner of ul. Kralja Petra and ul. Gospodar Jovanova), “Sis” (ul. Goce Delceva 27), and “Stepin Vajat” (ul. Vojvode Stepe 2I).

A Pub

Belgrade is renowned for its nightlife and what better way to start your night out than with a cool beer or a nice cocktail. Streets like Obilicev venac or Strahinica bana offer plenty of bars and pubs. The latter is dubbed “Silicone Valley” for the high number of silicone-enhanced goods on display at night.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hidden, try to find “Klub Svetskih Putnika” (also known as “The Federal Association of Globe Trotters”; bul. Despota Stefana 7). For a traditional atmosphere with gypsy music you will have to go to a “kafana“, e.g. “Blek panters” (Ada Ciganlija).

A Club

When you’ve had a few drinks and the night is still young, then you should head out to the clubs. Definitely check out the rafts (“splavovi“) on the Sava and Danube rivers. They are a bit mainstream and a bit more expensive but typical for Belgrade (a popular one includes “Freestyler“; fair warning: do not chat up random girls in these places, this could end badly).

If you’re looking for a more alternative crowd check out the clubs in the centre, e.g. “Francuska Sobarica” (ul. Francuska 12), “Siprazje” (ul. Golsvordijeva 13) or “Corba Kafe” (ul. Bra?e Krsmanovi?a 3; good live music).

Note that many of these clubs may be temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Something Else

And now that I have talked in length about options for food and drinks, I realize I should probably also recommend something that better fits the word “sight”.

So, when in Belgrade these are the things to see:

  • Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Temple of Saint Sava
  • Saint Marko’s Church
  • Museum of Nikola Tesla
  • House of Flowers/Tito Memorial
  • Ada Ciganlija
  • Palace of Kneginja Lubica

… phew, that’s more than enough for a few days in Belgrade!

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