Planning for a trip or vacation requires a lot of preparation. One thing most of us don’t think about is getting sick on vacation.
Traveling can also be extremely stressful, even though the destination is hopefully relaxing.
Germs hide in all sorts of places. It’s likely that you have come across an article or two about the dirtiest places in a hotel room. The phone and the TV remote are likely culprits.
Have you ever thought about the dirtiest places on an airplane?
Keep reading to find out why and how airplane travel is one of the easiest ways to get sick on vacation. Grab the hand sanitizer and start scrolling.
If you don’t pick up any germs dashing through the airport, going through security, checking your bags and waiting for your flight, (it would be a miracle) you are guaranteed to attract those buggers on the plane. Besides the circulating air carrying airborne illnesses, there are certain places on planes that can harbor germs.
The following places usually don’t get cleaned between flights.
- Airplane seats. The aisle seats are more contaminated then the window seats. The armrests in particular. The tops of the seats collect germs from everyone walking by.
- Bathroom locks. Just like any public bathroom, you should never assume everyone washes their hands.
- Bathroom flush mechanisms. It’s pretty hard to flush an airplane toilette with your shoe.
- Blankets and pillows. You would want to use unwashed pillows and blankets in a hotel room, but that is no different than on an airplane. Bring your own travel pillow and blanket.
- In-Flight Magazines. Every person who has touched and read it before you has left germs on it. Bring your own reading material. The seatback pocket they slide in is also suspect.
- Over Head Bin Latches. The things you have to touch when storing your carryon. Everyone else has to touch them too.
- Overhead Air Vents. Yep, everyone touches those too!
- Seatbelt buckle. You have to touch them to use them and you are required by law to buckle it. It can’t be avoided.
- Tray tables. Bring sanitized wipes and clean this yourself before you use. In fact, wipe down all the things on this list before you touch them.
- TV remote. Just like in a hotel room.
- Window shade. While the window seats might not be as dirty as the aisle, the window shade poses a threat.
Still want to fly? Of course you do. It’s still a safe and efficient way to travel. Just bring hand sanitizer and wipes and clean your area and your own hands when flying. Try not to touch your face and mouth while flying.
What to do if you get sick or injured while traveling
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