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Buying FFP2 masks when I arrive in Berlin

I have been reading many threads about people packing N95 masks before their trip and I just thought to myself, why not bring two or three and then buy a box of FFP2 masks when I arrive in Germany? That just seems easier.

Is this a practical idea? I’ll be traveling on my own the first week of October and staying in Berlin for five days and then traveling to visit friends in a town a couple hours north of Frankfurt before flying home out of FRA.

Where are FFP2 masks sold? At the DM chain of drug stores for example? Last, I wear larger round glasses & need to know if the FFP2 will fog them or are they fog-proof? Thanks.

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To be optimally effective, a mask needs to fit well. Even if you don't wear glasses, it can be a challenge to find a mask that fits well and is comfortable. That's not how I choose to spend my vacation time, even aside from the increased risk of catching COVID while I'm wearing masks that aren't ideal.

I originally planned to rely partly on bought-in-Europe masks, then I though about the two types of KN95s and one kind of N95 I have that don't fit well, versus the one type of N95 that does, and decided it would be foolish not to pack my good masks.

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When I was in Germany a few months ago, FFP2 masks could be found at Pharmacies (Apotheke). I did run into fit issues and ended up giving most I tried to fellow tour members (the unused ones of course!) . The fit was tight enough, however, the ear strings were too short and made me ears fold forward, not comfortable. Just before I left I finally found some that fit well.

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Amazon has FFP2 masks in a pack of 20 and KN95 masks at less cost. As masks are still required on the U-bahn, buses and trams, you’ll need a mask right when you arrive in Germany if you plan on taking any form of public transit to get to your accommodation.

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I have found some that are comfortable and fit will so I tend to bring those. I do sometimes pick some up while traveling. Amazon US has a history of counterfeit goods. Im not comfortable getting masks from Amazon.

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Continental:

FFP2 / KN95 masks are available at these drugstore chains in Berlin and throughout Germany:

Masks are also available for purchase at discount shops and grocery stores. if you're going through Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main train station) or any of the other big/hub stations, you should find inside the station one of the drugstores listed above and any number of shops that'll have masks for purchase.

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Thank you everyone. Acraven, you make a great point about knowing which masks are comfortable in advance of a trip so I don’t waste time looking for the perfect mask. It’s been a while since I’ve been mask shopping since I finally know which work for me. I remember it took a while because so many of the straps were too short and pinched my ears as well as the masks caused fogging.

I will bring my own from home. I’m still happy to learn where to buy masks if I need any. Thank you.

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Even now, I would happily pay a premium price for a sampler pack of masks containing one of each type--maybe 8 or 10 different masks I could try out. I'd like to end up with a list of several workable masks.

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