If you’re not already packing hand sanitizers and wipes with you when you travel, now is a great time to start. Having these essentials available might be a lifesaver for helping you and your family stays healthy.
You might have seen some of the programs showing testing completed in airports and on airplanes and the results showing how germy many spots are. It’s not surprising since these are places fill with people. Below are some places to take caution with.
Tray tables – One study suggests the tray tables on planes carry nearly ten times as much bacteria as the bathroom / lavatory flush button, according to a TravelMath study. It’s a good practice to wipe tray tables when you are flying.
Another hotspot for germs is the airport drinking fountain button. This was next germiest surface in air travel, with about half as much bacteria as tray tables, according to the study. A good practice to consider is covering the button with a facial tissue or using hand sanitizer before and immediately afterward.
Just think of some places people touch the most often while flying. For example the overhead air vent, so it doesn’t hurt to wipe this as well if you plan on adjusting the airflow
Another family place most touch is the seatbelt buckle. It’s a great idea to take a moment to wipe this with a sanitizing wipe as well. So many people are touching this all day.
How about the bathroom door lock? Yes, this is another place you might consider wiping with sanitizer.
These few extra steps can help keep you and your family a bit less exposed to germy places. We recommend carrying to travel neck wallet with you to keep some sanitizer or wipes for when you need it. Plus, for long flights it can be helpful to have your own travel pillow which you can use to help relax.