Once we think of a vacation plan, we somehow create this perfect, bubbly world where we are going to have a delightful flight and a gorgeous hotel room where all of our dreams will be coming true.
But as soon as we step into the airport, the bubble will pop in our faces because, my dear, our immune system is not capable to protect us from all the nasty we will be interacting with, and that’s when we say goodbye to the perfect world inside our heads.
The sad truth is our chances of getting sick increases highly when we travel because we will be close to people in tight quarters and shared spaces, and most of these people have hands filled with germs, and a system that contains viruses of colds, influenzas, and worse.
So, what do you think an aspiring traveler and adventure-seeker would do?
Well for starters, you have to be aware of all the danger zones and learn how to act quickly in order to neutralize the threat. We have collected for you all the places you need to clean or avoid while traveling because your health is what matters the most!
Each one of us prays hard before getting into the hotel room, hoping it was scrubbed perfectly by a housekeeping superhero. But sadly, that’s not really the case because some of the dirtiest surfaces are actually neglected.
That’s why you should be extremely aware of the danger zones in your room that will basically be your home for the next couple of days. The light switches are among the nastiest objects in your hotel room, especially the ones near the door.
The television remote control and bedspreads are also other filthy objects that you should think twice coming closer to them. The cleaning staff doesn’t clean them as often as it is supposed to.
The best way to protect yourself is by using disinfecting wipes to clean the remote controls, lights switches, and any other suspicious surface. You should fold up the bedspread and put in a corner during the whole trip.
First of all, the airplane seats are extremely tight, and it gets more crowded when you realize the number of germs encroaching on you within your limited space.
The armrests, tray tables, seatback pockets, and the seats’ tops (Aisle seats, specifically) were found to have the highest concentrations of germs, and because it is an already-limited space, it is hard to keep your distance to protect your health.
To save yourself, keep in your pocket some of the disinfecting wipes to wipe down the tray table, armrests, and any other suspicious surface. Don’t put anything in the seatback pocket, and try to put something between your face and the seat if you are trying to sleep.
The high-powered toilet sends out germs to the air with each flush, like a fecal-bacteria hurricane, and since there is no place to hide, you have to stand there and handle all that attack.
It would be worse if people skipped the part where they should be washing their hands before touching the surfaces and the doorknob. You would be carrying many unwanted bacteria with you while all that you wanted to do is answering the nature’s call.
Protect yourself by washing your hands and using the paper towel to open the door. Once you are back to your seat, use a hand sanitizer to get rid of more germs.
It will definitely help you to not fall and steady your progress, but it will not be doing any good for your health. Viruses, bacteria, and many dangerous germs are lingering on there because, seriously, who cleans it?
Imagine how germy the handrails would be in hotels and airports, where germs from all over the world meet. So, if the handrails are not necessary for you, then try your best to avoid them.
Protect yourself by keeping your hands to yourself as much as possible while walking, but if you need to steady yourself, then you need to use the hand sanitizer or wash your hands as soon as possible after touching them.
Giardia, pink eye, and skin viruses could turn any wonderful vacation into a nightmare, and that could happen in the matter of one minute. When you are in the pool trying to enjoy yourself, anyone would splash you unintentionally and cause your eyes to suffer.
The warm swimming pools are the greatest breeding grounds for all kind of viruses and bacteria. Plus, the chlorination is not capable to kill all the germs. So you can’t trust any pool, even the most maintained one.
You need to protect yourself by rinsing yourself before you plunge into the pool and soap up after. But most importantly, you need to keep your mouth closed because no one would want to swallow a bacteria brew.
The best way to describe the security checkpoints is by comparing it to the locker rooms of schools, except these ones are located in the airport.
It is where people awkwardly take off their clothes to prepare for the next activity, and like locker rooms, the security checkpoints are a great place for bacteria and fungus that jump between hosts.
Try your best to never go barefoot through the airport security to protect your feet. In case you were wearing flip-flops or sandals, keep a pair of socks close by to wear for the stripping that happens in the security line.
It is almost every day when we see people wrapping their mouths around a water-fountain spout, licking it, and violating the rules of basic hygiene when trying to be hydrated publicly. Besides dogs and many other animals that drink from it, too.
With that in mind, we now know that those places are germy spots, and it is up to you if you want to take the risk. Here are a few tips:
– You can keep your own empty water bottle and fill it from the water fountain, instead of sticking your mouth there.
– Go to the nearest café and ask for a fill-up.
– Simply, buy a bottle of water, even if the plastic waste is not something we should tolerate, but the traveler’s health comes in first, sometimes.
You swipe, I swipe, and we all live in a world where everyone is swiping. But then, we touch our faces. Remember that we touch the same things people do, like ATMs and ticket kiosks, we also shake hands, and that means we are sharing the screens.
Let’s be honest, we don’t wash our hands after using our phones, it is rare when someone even sanitizes their hands, and our phones’ touch screens are known to be the filthiest things we earn. So, give that a thought.
You can purchase alcohol-based sanitizing wipes to do a quick rub on the screen regularly, and if you used a shared screen, remember to wash your hands.
Yes, I know, but allow me to explain: Buffets are the greatest, let’s admit that. But unfortunately, It is the perfect way to swap germs with strangers. We would be probably putting ourselves at risk of E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and many other diseases.
So if the man in front of you in line is coming back after licking mayonnaise off his fingers, he might as well touch the food you are about to eat. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean we are going to stop eating in buffets… nothing can stop us from that, my dear!
Instead, you can wash or sanitize your hands before getting in line to not spread any more germs and then wash them again before you start eating. Also, stay away from any food that was uncovered from the sneezing guard.