No one wants to get sick when on vacation or a business trip, yet many people do.  Here are some tips to keep the germs away and yourself in optimal health.

When you are flying:

Remember that airplane cabins are NOT healthy environments!

  • Move around.  There is a risk that leg clots (deep vein thrombosis) can develop when we are immobile for long periods of time.  If you are not able to actually get up and walk around, contract your calf muscles.
  • Try to avoid people who are sick. Consider requesting a change of seat.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wipe down your arm rests, tray table and any hard surfaces with an anti-bacterial wet wipe.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your air nozzle over your head open because it is filtered for bacteria and germs and will keep the air circulating.

In your hotel room:

  • Wipe down the television remotes and the phone receiver because they are the germiest items in your room.
  • Don’t place any items on the floor or the bed in case of bedbugs.  Place items on a luggage rack or a bureau.
  • Check the bed for bedbugs by peeling back the fitted sheet to examine the mattress. Look for reddish brown spots. (YUCK!).
  • Bedspreads and throws are rarely cleaned so remove them from your bed.
  • Do not walk around your hotel room barefoot.
  • Wash your water glasses if you need to use them.  Only two states require that hotel room water glasses be sanitized in between guests.

Supplies you should bring with you –

All of the above items (except the Febreze) can be found in small packages and will fit in a TSA-approved plastic bag.