Guest Post By Bea Hajde from givemeabag.com
Out of all the things I can’t really avoid, I’d say sleeping, eating and travel are my favorites. I especially enjoy long flights that give me ample time to read a book or reflect on my life choices.
Unfortunately, mass transport isn’t the safest place to be as a human body. There are so many germs and bacteria in places like an airplane’s cabin, that proper hygiene has to be treated as a priority if you want to avoid a nasty stomach virus, or the flu.
Since I won’t be giving up travel for a while, I’ve collected a few tips to stay safe by maintaining appropriate hygiene during a long trip. Let me share these with you.
Care for the Environment
Before we talk about protecting your body, let’s talk about protecting your travel environment.
Want to hear something scary? The filthiest places on an airplane are not the toilet seats or the cabin floor, but actually the food trays in front of you. We’re talking 10 times more germs on trays than, say, the flush button on the toilet.
This is most likely because cleaning crews are extra thorough with the restrooms (for obvious reasons), while they often don’t have time to clean every tray properly.
So your first line of defense is to never, ever, eat straight from the tray surface, and make sure to clean it with a disinfectant wipe or sanitizer just in case. If you want to be extra thorough, you should might as well wipe the seat belt buckles too – another potent source of bacteria literally at your fingertips.
Hygiene and Health
Now let’s talk about personal travel hygiene. I don’t really trust the water stored in airplane tanks, so I tried to look for solutions that require little to no water.
The easiest way to approach this task is to think about important areas on your body that need regular cleaning. These would be your hands, your face and mouth, and certain places like your armpits and the area around your privates.
Most tips in this article will work towards staying fresh during your trip, and some body parts can even be neglected when you feel like not spending precious energy on cleaning them.
This is absolutely not the case when it comes to your hands, as they are the most common surfaces to take up and transport bacteria around.
The easiest and most efficient way to keep your hands clean is to have a bottle of hand sanitizer “on hand” at all times.
Clean your hands before having a meal, after using the restroom, or touching any oft-used surface on your chosen transport. Your immune system will thank you.
Your Face and Mouth
One of the simple things you can do to freshen up during a long trip is to clean your face and mouth.
There are several types of wipes, creams or other products that you can use to clean your face without even a drop of water. They’ll most often have travel-sized versions as well, so you can easily put them in your carry-on.
For the most compact oral hygiene experience, use Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse to keep your mouth fresh and healthy. You can use the product by brushing your teeth if you want to be extra thorough, or simply as a mouthwash.
First and foremost, your clothing can actually impact your hygiene and overall travel comfort. Having a change of fresh tops or shirts is a great quick fix if your clothes get dirty or damp from sweat. If you’re like my husband and sweat easily, consider buying a few “dry-fit” T-shirts or tops.
Now actually getting to your body parts, the answer is wipes… wipes everywhere. More specifically, all-natural, unscented wipes for your most intimate regions, and any kind of non-toxic wipes for the rest.
Go on an internet forum talking about the simplest way to freshen up in icky situations, and both men and women will swear by baby wipes due to their gentleness and effectiveness.
You can get wipes designed for specific parts of your body, but if you want to have an all-in-one product, unscented baby wipes are the way to go. Make sure they are environmentally responsible, free from alcohol, perfume scents, or any chemicals that are known to cause irritation.
And that’s pretty much it. Let’s do a quick recap.
There are really three things you need to pack for travel hygiene: a hand sanitizer, a travel-sized bottle of Organic Brushing Rinse , and a pack of unscented, all-natural baby wipes.
With only these three products, you can cover the essential needs of your body, protect yourself and your environment from most of the nasty bacteria, and have some peace of mind to enjoy your long trip, wherever it may lead you.