Summer means vacations for a lot of people. And vacations mean traveling which is part of the fun for many. However, it can also lead to ruining the time away if you contract an illness from the planes, trains and lodging that make vacations possible. Still, there are ways to minimize the risks and make summer trips memorable in only the good ways!
Much of it comes down to common sense. Germs are everywhere and they can't be avoided altogether. For most of us, our immune systems do a pretty good job of fighting off germs before they cause sickness. But we can improve our odds by being sensible about our travels and not make illnesses a sure thing.
The Budget Travel website posted an article listing the germiest parts of air travel. The site said that water, airplane meals, seat pockets, the tray, pillows, blankets and the bathrooms all require special attention.
The website stated that in 2007, an "investigation by The Wall Street Journal revealed that airlines cleaned their blankets every five to 30 days..." It also reported that in the same year, "University of Arizona researcher Jonathan Sexton tested tray tables from three major airliners, and an alarming 60 percent tested positive for the superbug [MRSA]."
When traveling by plan, bring your own light blanket and tiny pillow case to cover the ones given to you. Even when these items are handed to you in a vacuum seal, it doesn't necessarily mean they are clean. And antibacterial wipes for the trays in front of you can really help to eliminate what has been left behind.
Cheap flights mean quick turnarounds for airplanes and there is very little (if any) cleaning done between flights. I wipe all my surroundings in a plane. I may look a little crazy but it's worth it for me. The same can be done for trains and buses.
Avoiding ice (it can contain all sorts of germs) is wise too, and go easy on the meals. They are full of processed carbs, can be unsafe and may make jet lag worse.