Although all major airlines in Europe and in the U.S are taking serious protection measures, such as wearing masks and providing hand sanitizers, we have gathered some little “extra” tips you can do to avoid the flight germs.
While you can’t bring your own “Booze” in flight, make sure you bring your own water bottle. Some airline companies still serve water in cups, instead of mini bottles, so if you know this in advance make sure you either buy a bottle just before boarding or bring your own reusable one. It’s been reported that airplane water can carry a ton of bacteria and is maybe not 100% safe to drink.
2. Wear easy-to-clean shoes
Avoid sneakers, suede, or leather shoes which are more difficult to wipe down after the flight. Rain boots, sandals, or any plastic material would be a safer solution. When you return back home, sanitize your shoes and leave them for a couple of days outside, ideally in a place where there is the sun.
3. Your blanket is better than theirs
Before the pandemic, it was reported that airplane-provided blankets and pillows were not washed in between flights. While we hope that this has changed with the new sanitary measures, bringing your own blanket from home would be a safer bet. After the flight, make sure that you sanitize and wash it at high temperatures.
4. Wipe everything before you sit
And by “everything” we mean EVERYTHING: seatbelt, tray table, armrest, seatbelt pocket, headrest, etc. These are areas that they most unlikely haven’t been cleaned between the flights. And you know… no one wants to share hair grease at the headrest!
5. The pretty obvious: Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is perhaps the most obvious and basic foray into germ protection, and it is also, still, the most important, especially when traveling. While a water-and-soap wash is always preferred, hand sanitizer is ideal for the times when you can’t or don’t want to get up from your seat. Try using it at least every 30-40 minutes or every time you touch something that you haven’t sanitize before.
6. Aisle or Window?
Just as simple as that! Avoid the middle seat for all the millions of the reasons they exist, and ONE more: the biggest threat to your health on planes is the people sitting in the two rows around you. By sitting between two people, you’re doubling your chance of getting germs.
7. Use the overhead trays for your luggage
When you have the option to do so, store your personal items in the bins over your head. The place underneath the seat shares the same space as the bottom of your shoes, as well as the bottoms of the shoes of all the passengers before you. Did you hear us? ALL the passengers before you!
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