Travel Tip – Fighting Germs On The Go

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Travel is prone to all kinds of challenges – delays (be they mechanical or weather-related), dealing with awful fellow passengers, and GERMS.

Air travel is in incubus for viruses – everything from the common cold to, well, Ebola.

Let me assure you that it’s near impossible to contract Ebola by being in the same aircraft as a patient. Ebola is not airborne, nor is it transferrable via touch. You need to come in contact with a patient’s bodily fluids to risk transmission.

That said, you should wipe up any spills with a sanitizing wipe near you before sitting down.

The common cold (and the flu), however – those are nasty beasts that are easily transmitted. Consider the re-circulated air and confined space in an airplane, and you’re likely to get sick if a neighboring passenger is coughing.

I come prepared for contact with cold and flu viruses while traveling. And now, you can (and should!) do the same.

Fighting Germs On The Go


I’d love to know – what do you do to stay healthy and prevent getting sick when traveling? COMMENT below with your top tips.  

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  • Karen Koblan

    My husband is more of a germaphobe than me but when it comes to traveling I do kind of get skeeved on flights and some hotels. I have purell attached to a bag, hand wipes, a separate organic hand sanitizer for my daughter (yea, she get’s the good stuff LOL) and I always wear slippers in hotel rooms. See, I freak out more about bed bugs. It scares the beejezus out of me to bring those back to my house from a hotel!!

  • Heather @ TravelingSaurus

    Oh my goodness, I’m totally a germaphobe. I religiously carry wet wipes everywhere when traveling. I also never, ever use an airplane blanket anywhere but my feet in coach, or ever, EVER touch those pillows in coach. Not washed people, not washed.

    I saw so many people wearing gloves at the airport this weekend to go through security…and then promptly touching their face with the gloves. Um…

    I also take Airborne. Yea…don’t know if it works, but I figure it can’t hurt, right?

  • hurleygirl43

    I always have an ample supply of antibacterial wipes and some liquid hand sanitizer. As a nurse, we recommend that people cough into the crook of the elbow. As you pointed out, coughing into your hand without sanitizing afterward just puts your germs everywhere you touch. I never use the pillow ever since we saw a national sportscaster put his bare feet onto one. Gross me out! I always take a small supply of Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin, Lomotil and Sudafed. That covers just about any pesky symptoms you might encounter on a trip.

  • Carole-Lee

    Wipe down both sides of the tray table with Clorax or similar wipes. At the hotel wipe down the remote control-not just the buttons, all faucets,handles,doorknobs and dresser pulls.

  • Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands!! Do it into your elbow. Think Dracula. ;)

  • Definitely a topic I’m passionate about! Never thought about the cutlery…..

    When I fly I try to keep my nose moist… so I put vaseline up it. I know that sounds so gross but allegedly it works as I haven’t gotten sick in the past 2 years in flight at least. I also take loads of emergen-c and oregano oil with me when I travel. Wash hands often!

  • Okay, I’ve never thought about the plastic cutlery, and now I’m totally grossed out…

  • I wipe my seat,etc down as well, and you have no idea how often I get yelled at by people around me who don’t want to wait for me to do so.

  • Gah, I do all of this stuff, religiously, including neosporin in my nose and I STILL got sick last week.

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  • Gail

    I use hand sanatizer for anything I touch, and a homeopathic remedy – an eyedropper full of Echinacea Root (alcohol-free) – as soon as I get on board. I have NEVER been sick after a flight, either on short or cross-country domestic, or international flights.

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