While the major threat of flu season has passed, there are still many travelers who may have a simple cold or the sniffles. To help you travel safely, without the need for a Hazmat suit, I have put together some simple ways in which you can make your meeting without carrying multiple types of germs with you. After all, who wants to sit through a PowerPoint presentation when they’re not feeling well. Below you will find some tips that will help keep you cold free.
- Wash Your Hands – Before and after you board your plane, it is important that you wash your hands a minimum of five times. You should also shower as soon as possible after you land to remove any dirt and bacteria you may have picked up along the way.
- Disinfect – While you’re on the plane, you should disinfect the area that you will be occupying for the duration of the flight. This includes your arm rest, overhead bins, tray tables, and window shade if you have a seat by the window. These are all areas that are not thoroughly cleaned during quick turns, in which the plane arrives and leaves again shortly. To ensure that your area is as clean as possible, you may want to carry anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down the area surrounding your seat. Keep in mind that the most common way people get sick on airplanes is by touching something.
- Food And Beverages – Consuming food and beverages on a plane is one of the major ways in which airborne illnesses are spread. Experts recommend that you avoid in-flight beverages, but if you are in need of something to drink, you should bring your own. However, if you simply can’t wait until you land, and you do purchase a drink or food item, you should cover them using a clean napkin to prevent airborne germs from infesting them.
- Storage Pockets – This is another area that is rarely disinfected and should be used with great care. You should not place any type of food or personal item in the storage pockets on the back of the seats. This is an area where bacteria can easily accumulate and then be transferred to your food or cell phone. If you have to put anything away, you should place them in your carry-on bag.
While there is no proven way to avoid all germs, unless you want to live in a plastic bubble; these tips will help you remain as healthy as possible while traveling. No matter how clean any airline or airport claims to be, every time you enter one you are likely going to be exposed to germs and bacteria.