These Face Mask Lanyards and Straps Are Here to Solve at Least Some of Your Pandemic Problems

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Bethany Braun-Silva

These Face Mask Lanyards and Straps Are Here to Solve at Least Some of Your Pandemic Problems
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Add a strap to your kids’ masks or your own to help it fit better, look cute, and stay off dirty surfaces.


In our second full year of sending our children to school in masks (you are, aren’t you?), we’ve learned a thing or two about them. For one, an uncomfortable mask is as bad as no mask at all, because kids are going to fuss with them, wear them wrong, and take them off when they shouldn’t. For another, these suckers are easy to lose. After finding good face masks for kids that provide protection and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it would be nice if they held onto them and wore them all day, which is why mask lanyards and mask straps might be your next important purchase.


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Face mask chains and lanyards have become  become a must-have accessory right after, well, face masks themselves because they’re not only stylish but also completely practical, especially for kids who are likely ripping their masks off every chance they get. A face mask lanyard is an excellent way to keep your kid’s face mask from getting lost or misplaced and keeps it close so he or she can quickly put it back on when needed. Plus, lanyards keep the masks off the ground and clean, which is majorly important. Not only is this convenient for parents, but even doctors agree they can be helpful


While parents will love the useful aspect of the lanyards, teens and tweens can take advantage of this new trend and get creative with the accessory. They can rock colorful beads or of-the-moment tie-dye, and the accessory might even entice them to wear their masks during a socially-distanced hangout.  


If comfort and fit are a bigger issue than style or absent-mindedness, there are “ear-saving” mask straps that could be right for you and your kids. Adjust one of these straps snugly behind the head to fix a loose mask, as well as to relieve pressure from behind the ears. None of us were ever supposed to have to wear masks on our ears all day, and thank goodness someone has figured out how to make it less painful.


Of course, no matter what kind of face mask lanyard your kid is wearing, make sure it can be properly cleaned every day. We found the best face mask lanyards and chains for kids (and adults) that come in great designs—shop them below. 


Face Mask Lanyards for Kids

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School Mask Pack Lanyards (4-pack)


These machine-washable lanyards from the popular kids’ mask maker School Mask Pack have simple clips for ear loops and a toggle to adjust the length. We also like the white tag where you or your kid can write their name.

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Emoji Face Mask Extender


This face mask extender can also be used as a holder and won’t irritate your child’s face. You can adjust the size with the convenient notches and it comes in a pack of different pastel colors.

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Toyfunny Cartoon Mask Lanyard (30-pack)


What Reviewers Are Saying:
If your kid is now wearing a boring (but probably more effective) disposable mask, they may miss being able to express themselves the way they could with cloth masks. Adorable animals, plus a flower and strawberry, can return mask-wearing to a more relaxed, less scary habit.

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Multi-Colored Mask Lanyard


This colorful lanyard comes with an attachment so you can adjust it to the perfect size for your child. Plus, we love the cheerful color options.

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4-Piece Napkin/Bib Clips


These chains have traditionally been used in dentists' offices and as bib clips, meaning they're sturdy and reliable enough to keep your little one's face mask around his or her neck. The flexible strap will be comfortable on sensitive necks, while the bright colors will make wearing a face covering more fun.

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Life Accent Store Personalized Face Mask Holder


For a few extra dollars (prices range from $5.99 to $6.49), you can have your kid’s name added to these herringbone lanyards, which come in 13 different colors.

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Kohota 20 Pieces Face Mask Lanyard


Swapping your face mask lanyard as much as your mask is easy with this 20-piece set. You can choose from several different color combinations and each comes with adjustable straps.

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Mask Saver


This lanyard comes in adult, kids, and toddler sizes. It comes in 13 different colors and has snaps on either side to safely secure your mask.

Face Mask Lanyards for Adults or Kids

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Agelvren Mask Extender Strap (12-pack)


This pack of 12 straps comes highly recommended by Amazon customers, as well as Parenting’s own resident 8-year-old tester. Hooks secure each ear loop of the mask, while a smooth, adjustable strap goes around the head to fit kids or adults. You can easily tighten it to make a loose mask fit properly, or loosen it when you just want it to hold the mask around the neck when not in use.

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Face Mask Lanyard w/ Adjustable Ear Saver


This lanyard allows you to adjust the fit of your face mask while keeping it secure around your neck. It also has a convenient ear saver that stops your face mask from pulling tightly around your ears.

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Loop and Boogie Rainbow Candy Acrylic Glasses/Face Mask Chain


The advantage of buying one of these attractive, trendy chains for your face mask is that when (if?) we stop wearing masks so frequently, it can double as a very nice chain for sunglasses or reading glasses.

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Madewell Curb Chain Convertible Face Mask Lanyard


This gold-plated brass chain does triple duty. You can attach it to your glasses and your mask at the same time, and it’s pretty enough to look like a necklace.

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BeadChica Face Mask Lanyard with Clips


Score a four-pack of trendy beaded lanyards with this affordable set. You can choose from several different color combinations as well as lengths.

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Leather Face Mask Lanyard


This durable lanyard is made with leather fabric and strong alligator clips, ensuring your mask stays safe and secure.

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Personalized Leather Face Mask Lanyard


This personalized leather lanyard gives a sophisticated look to wearing your mask.

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Beaded Face Mask Holder


This beaded lanyard is lightweight but durable and features a magnetic clasp that won’t rip your hair or skin.