When traveling to visit friends and relatives during the holiday break, or moving between semesters, many travelers are exposed to other people’s germs, especially in busy areas such as:
- train stations
- bus terminals
- …basically any public transit!
So what does that mean for you? When exposed to a widespread of germs, or bacteria, your chances of getting sick are at an all-time high, (and we all know that getting sick is literally the W-O-R-S-T). Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help lower your chances of getting sick while traveling back home for the holidays.
Look, But Don’t Touch
Remember that hard surfaces such as stainless steel or plastic will retain viruses for 48 hours after contact. Airport gate counters, fast food tables, toilet handles, armrests on chairs, kiosk screens, handrails and especially the trays used in TSA security are all hot spots for bacteria, or germs to build up, contracting many illnesses.
Some tips to prevent catching an illness would be to:
- Book an early morning flight, because planes are cleaned more thoroughly.
- Bring your own pillow + blanket, (and make sure to wash them once you’re home)! Check out this neck pillow that’s affordable & machine washable!
- Try to avoid touching those hot spots mentioned above.
- If you do touch them, wash your hands frequently.
- Always carry a travel safe hand sanitizer (<3.4 oz) or antibacterial wipes.
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, or
- Wear a mouth mask to protect you from inhaling any bacteria, as inhaling is the main way your body is exposed to germs.
- Keep your immune system up while traveling by drinking plenty of H20 + taking your vitamins.
Winter breaks are a perfect time to spend with your loved ones and eat yummy home-cooked meals. If you’re planning to bring back any food from your trip home, read our last blog post on which food items are TSA approved!