One of the greatest challenges when it comes to traveling is definitely related to hygiene. Since there are multiple common areas, you’ll be sharing with millions of people, and the hygiene will not be as perfect as it should, you’ll have to take care of many details on your own. We bet that with the spread of Coronavirus, you actually got pretty more aware of all the risky areas, whether it is on the airplane, hotel, or your own bags, suitcases, and personal hygiene protocols. For that reason, we prepared an ultimate guide on how to keep everything clean around and always be sure that you’re completely protected from any viruses or bacteria that could potentially harm your health.
What Are the Most Contaminated Places at Airports?
To know how to prepare yourself for traveling, you should be aware of all the places at the airport that are most contaminated with different respiratory viruses and other bacteria and microbes. Although the majority of us would say that the least clean areas at the airports and aircraft are toilets, the case is rather different. As the recent study shows, plastic bins at the security checks, where people are obliged to put their stuff in for a scan, are most prone to spreading viruses and bacteria.
Other frequently touched surfaces at the airport you should definitely be aware of when it comes to the possibility of the spread of viruses and other pathogens are:
- Handrails of stairs,
- Plastic toys in children’s playgrounds,
- Desk and divider glass at the passport control point,
- Buttons of payment terminals,
- Security check area.
When it comes to toilets and surfaces like the upper surface of the toilet bowl, button for flushing, or lock at the door inside the toilet, there were none of the viruses detected on it. Still, it doesn’t mean you should not be careful when it comes to these spaces. Remember, prevention is better than the cure. This is why you should ensure to take proper care of the surroundings you touch often, or you simply assume that many people touch all the time as well. Here is how to prepare yourself properly and avoid all the bacteria, viruses, and potential cases of flu.
Tip #1: Wash Your Hands to Fight the Germs
The securest way of fighting all the germs is to wash your hands as often as you can, especially at the airports. Keep in mind that disinfectants, in this case, are helpful, but that nothing can change and protect you better than washing hands, so remember to do it often. As the World Health Organization suggests, the procedure of washing hands should last for at least 40-60 seconds and should entail all the parts of your hands, including the nails. Another useful tip when it comes to hand hygiene is to keep your nails short since many bacteria can find their home there.
#Tip 2: Clean Your Mobile Phone and Other Gadgets Often
Mobile phones are a reservoir for spreading different types of bacteria, and the biggest problem is people rarely clean them and touch them all the time. Having alcoholic tissues, or a small bottle of alcohol and cotton balls, will be enough to keep your mobile phone perfectly clean.
Also, if your bringing other gadgets such as tablets, headphones, or power banks, make sure to disinfect them often too. This is specially to do with headphones that could easily cause ear infections and many inconveniences to your hearing. So, make sure neither to share them with anyone - even with your closest family members or skip to clean them properly.
Tip #3: Try Not to Touch Risky Areas
As we have mentioned before, handrails of stairs or buttons of payment terminals are one of the most contaminated areas you can touch in the airport. Trying not to touch them will be the best option to protect yourself from coming into contact with viruses. So having a pair of disposable gloves and making sure that all your credit cards are contactless will be effective ways to stay away from those. Also, if you’re a user of the iPhone, enabling Apple Pay means you’ll not be required to show any of your credit cards or taking cash from your wallet, which automatically means you won’t touch them!
Tip #4: Prepare Travel Essentials Hygiene Bag
No matter how long or short, your trip will be, make sure to bring with you enough hygiene essentials that will help you feel comfortable and pleasant during your travel. This is especially important for transoceanic flights that could take more than 24 hours, so ensure that your carry-on luggage will contain those items too:
- Spare shirt, socks, even panties,
- Disinfectants like alcohol and dry hand gel,
- Dental hygiene kit,
- Mineralizing thermal water spray - to keep your skin hydrated,
- Face cleanser,
- Face mask for your skin type,
- Small face towel,
- Dry shampoo,
- Wet wipes,
- Toilet paper,
- Toilet seat coverage,
- Portable bidet.
Maintaining your personal hygiene during long flights is never easy to do, because, unfortunately, there is still no way of taking shower on the flights, even if you fly on the most exclusive class. However, there are still ways how you can make yourself feel more comfortable and cleaner during those exhausting trips. Here is why your travel kit hygiene should contain all the mentioned items above.
Changing Clothes Will Help You Feel Fresh!
Although all the flights are air-conditioned, perspiration is still inevitable. We know that this could make you feel pretty uncomfortable, especially when it comes to your socks. So, having some spare clothes like socks, panties, and a t-shirt in your essential travel bag and changing them could definitely make you feel fresher and cleaner once you get out from the airport hub.
Keep Your Face Hydrated
If you want to avoid the appearance of acne, then make sure to hydrate your face during the flight and clean it properly. This entails makeup removal, washing face, and treatment using all the products you use in your daily routine, reinforced with the usage of hydration face masks and thermal water spray, which has a disinfectant effect too. Just make sure to pack those products into smaller packages since there is a strict rule on how much liquids you can have on the flight. Also, ensure to pack a small face towel with yourself because this is the best way to keep your face skin perfectly treated on the flight. Another beauty tip we would share with you is - don’t forget that your hair could still look perfect if you have some dry shampoo by your side!
Use Aircraft Toilet Safely Using These Tips!
Toilets are definitely one of the most contaminated places on the aircraft, not only because of the frequent usage but because of the poor quality of water too. For that reason, we highly recommend you to use alcohol disinfectant to clean the toilet seat before you use it, cover it with the toilet seat coverage, and consider using the portable bidets that will provide you with the highest standards of your personal hygiene. Not only that you’ll be able to fill it using your water supplies, but you’ll be able to have all the comfort you have in your own home. Furthermore, since portable travel bidets do not take much space, they are very easy to pack too, which makes them the perfect choice for all those frequent travelers who don’t want to compromise their personal hygiene standards.
Tip #5: Take Care of Those Spaces in the Aircraft Before You Take a Seat
With more than 3 billion passengers each year (before the spread of Coronavirus of course) who share aircraft spaces, there are many areas within the aircraft you should take care of. Wiping the seat with wet wipes and covering it with your own blanket, taking care of the aircraft fold-out table using alcohol, and wiping all the buttons for air and light control above your seat are must-dos if you want to be completely sure everything is properly cleaned.
Also, disinfecting the seatbelt and making sure not to touch the emergency instructions is highly recommended. If you have a window seat, then wiping the window, blinds, and plastic parts around it using alcohol is also very desirable to do if you want to be sure you’re away from any germs and viruses.
Ready for Stressless Comfortable Travel?
Now when you know all the ultimate tips on how to maintain your personal hygiene during the long flights, we are sure you’ll feel more comfortable traveling more often. Just ensure to acquire all the products and items you need in advance and create your own hygiene protocols, and you won’t have to worry about your safety ever again.