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9 Essential Hygiene Tips for Traveling With Your Family

June 12, 2020 | Guest Post by: Geraldine Mills

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Traveling anywhere will never be quite the same after the pandemic. In fact, there will be specific policies and changes in our way of life that we will have to get used to if we want to continue to travel. One of the ways travel has changed is that people are now more conscious of being hygienic in their travels.

If you are traveling with your family, you do not want to expose them to disease or illness. Therefore, you have to make sure that you educate your family about how you all need to be more hygienic every time you travel.

On that note, here are nine essential hygiene tips for when you are traveling with your family.

 

#1 Study Hygiene Tips Before The Trip

Before you head out to your destination, make sure that you brief your family with all the necessary hygiene tips. Tell them that it’s for their safety and that being more hygienic is also courteous practice for your fellow travelers.

If you’re traveling with younger kids, ensure that they are aware of the importance of washing hands or being wary of what they touch. Don’t make them too paranoid, but instill a habit of cleanliness in them.

To ensure that everyone studied up on hygiene tips, make sure that you review them beforehand. Being more educated about hygiene helps reduce the likelihood of you and your family getting sick after traveling.

 

#2 Prepare Hygiene Travel Kits

Of course, your family can’t follow and maintain a hygienic travel lifestyle if you don’t give them the tools they need to accomplish that. Therefore, you should ensure that you prepare some hygiene travel kits for everyone.

Each person must have their own, including your younger kids. That way, they can have more autonomy in maintaining their hygiene.

Having a hygiene travel kit makes it easier for your family to remain clean, even when you don’t have easy access to things like soap and water. Besides, having them in travel-kit form makes it easier to take out whenever you need to use them.

Ensure that the items inside fit airline regulations, though, so that you don’t have to throw them away before boarding the plane.

 

#3 Keep Your Hands Clean

Your hands are going to be the dirtiest part of your body whenever you travel because it’s going to be touching all sorts of surfaces.

Moreover, other people have already touched these surfaces. So whatever germs and bacteria they may have on their hands could have been transferred on these surfaces.

Since you’re going to be dealing with a lot of travel-related transactions with your hand, you need to make sure that you keep your hands as clean as possible.

According to Cleaning Exec Cleaning Services NYC, you should learn to wash your hands often. Before and after eating, after touching something that other people touched, and other critical opportunities.

Learning to develop the habit of cleaning your hands will reduce the likelihood of germs and bacterial infections.

 

#4 Cut and Clean Your Nails

Your nails can carry dirt and bacteria underneath it. Although they can be a stylistic choice for some, if you’re going to be traveling anyway, you might want to cut them off in the meantime.

You’re going to encounter all sorts of dirt from all kinds of places, and you wouldn’t want to be carrying them around with you under your nail.

The best course of action is to keep them short. Keeping your nails short is hygienic and a lot more convenient for you.

 

#5 Be Self-Aware

Being vigilant and self-aware of your actions and your family’s efforts ensures that you avoid as many compromising situations as possible. It helps that you know the hygienic tips beforehand so that you and your family know what to be self-aware about in the first place.

For example, if you know that you’re sick or you feel like you’re about to be sick, don’t travel. The alternative would be to bring a face mask with you and be aware of where you sneeze or cough.

 

#6 Sanitize on the Move

Having travel-sized sanitation products will help you sanitize anywhere, even when you’re on the move.

From wet wipes to hand sanitizers in small containers, keeping them in your carry-on always will make them easy to access.

By the way, since you’re often sanitizing your skin, it can dry out, so invest in a hand cream while you’re at it.

 

#7 Keep Your Face And Body Clean

You can’t expect to be hygienic if you don’t put in the effort to keep your face and body clean often.

Remember to wash your face with a facial wash and moisturize so that your face is clean and hydrated. Don’t skip showering, especially when you’re traveling because you might compromise your health.

 

#8 Be Cautious What You Share

Try not to share specific items with your family members to keep things hygienic. For example, towels are something you should avoid sharing. Your silverware is also something you shouldn’t share.

 

#9 Assess Your Accommodation

Be more critical of your accommodation of choice. If you find reviews of the place stating that they aren’t thorough with their cleanliness, you shouldn’t book them at all means.

No matter how thoroughly you stick to your hygiene program, it’s going to be useless if you are surrounded by dirty accommodation during your vacation.

 

Conclusion

Traveling with your family helps develop bonds and broadens everyone’s minds. However, if you want to avoid health risks during travel, you should make sure that you practice more hygienic habits.

 

Travel is for enjoyment and relaxation. It shouldn’t be the cause of your sickness, so keep these nine hygiene tips in mind before traveling.

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