The holidays are upon us, and for many of us, our plans for this season may include travel by plane or even train. And no matter where our travels take us, whether it be to sun or snow, we want to make sure we stay healthy.
We have all seen the news reports that germs lurk on planes, trains and buses. And with flu season starting to peak, it is important for all of us to take some simple steps to help us enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season. Here are seven, easy tips for us all to keep in mind.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is an easy and highly effective way to help fight germs while traveling. Be sure to wash your hands before boarding a plane or train. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. Also, be sure to practice hand hygiene – handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available – at key moments including before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing or coughing. Also, be sure to keep a travel-sized bottle of PURELL®
Advanced Hand Sanitizer in your travel bag.
- Carry disinfectant wipes. Wipe down those germy areas, such as tray tables.
- Don’t touch your face. When your hands touch your face, germs contracted aboard the plane or train can easily be transmitted inside your body.
- Try to sit near the front of the plane, if traveling by air. There is usually better airflow here. Also, keep in mind that aisle seats get touched more.
- Avoid coffee and tea. The water on planes can contain E. coli, which can cause stomach cramps. The same goes for coffee and tea, which never gets hot enough to boil, so the waterborne germs aren’t necessarily killed.
- Take your own pillows and blankets. Those provided aren't always cleaned or replaced between flights.
- Don’t read the magazines. They’ve been touched by countless hands. Instead, bring your own reading material.
Also, one bonus tip, if you are sick, try to delay traveling to help prevent the spread of those pesky illness-causing germs.
The holidays are a time to celebrate! We wish you a season of health and happiness. Safe travels!