How to not get sick on a germ infested airplane.
I just flew back from Vancouver on Friday and I’m packing for a trip to London on Wednesday.
As I was walking through the Vancouver airport, I couldn’t help but think and worry about the coronavirus that seems to be spreading; especially since Vancouver has so many Chinese and Canadians flying in between both countries.
I’m always worried about getting the flu while traveling, and realistically, the flu will affect more flyers than the coronavirus will; but it still seems a bit scary.
My mom, who never really worries about me traveling; told me yesterday that I should get a mask to wear on the plane. And then this morning, my friend Shary posted a video on how to protect yourself while flying.
So I am sharing a few tips from that video and a few others that I regularly practice.
– Vitamine Boost: I load up on vitamines leading up to any important trip. Traveling is exhausting and you’re more likely to get sick if you’re run down and tired; so I try to be proactive.
– Hydrate: I try to drink as much water as possible, not just when flying; I do feel it just helps your overall health. If you aren’t a regular heavy water drinker; I suggest you try to drink a more leading up to your flight.
In- Flight Tips
Tip # 1 – Disinfect! Disinfect! Disinfect!!
I’ve always known that the inside of an airplane is basically a giant petri dish. I used to try not to dwell on it, but I’ve just added disinfectant wipes to my travel bag. Moving forward, before sitting my butt down in my seat, I’ll be wiping down all surfaces; from my seat and headrest to my seatbelt buckle and window.
Tip # 2 – Rubber Glove It!
I think there is a fine line between being careful and being paranoid. I can’t see myself wearing gloves the whole flight, but I am packing a few pairs of latex gloves that I’ll put on if I need to go to the restroom. I suggest wearing them if you need to go and then pop them in a plastic baggy; the same one that you will put your used wipes in after your wipe down.
I try my best to avoid having to go to the rest room on flights. I load up on water the day before my flight, but I don’t drink a lot on the actual flight.
Tip # 3 – Drinks? No thank you!
This is going to be a hard one for some of you, but I suggest not drinking anything from the stewardess or steward in flight. For sure say no to the water they serve, it’s from a huge tank. Guess who else, besides me, don’t drink that water? Most flight crews!! They bring their own bottled water.
I also suggest that you say no to anything served in one is those plastic cups. The air on planes is recycled, so don’t put your mouth on anything that is out in the open or that others are touching.
Ask for the can of pop and bring your own straw if you must? I bring my own water bottle that I sip during the flight.
Tip #4 – Have mask, will travel.
There were lots of travelers in Vancouver wearing masks in the airport and a few on my flight. I’ve never worn one before, but I just added a few to my travel bag. Coronavirus or not, there is nothing worse than boarding a long flight and hearing that one passenger cough that horrible cough, you know that super gross wet cough.
I think if you’re the one coughing, you should be the one wearing the mask; I wish the airline would hand them out to anyone who looks sick, mmmm what a great idea!
I will be putting a mask on if I get stuck sitting near anyone who looks or sounds sick; better safe than sorry.
Tip #5 – DO NOT USE RESTROOMS AIR DRYERS!!!
This tip is not just when you travel or fly, this needs to be a new lifestyle rule! And here’s why; a few years ago I was visiting casinos with my coworker, I’ll call her Mary, because that’s her name, lol. Anyway Mary and I were on the road in Vancouver actually, going from casino to casino, drinking lots of water and coffee along the way.
I’m pretty sure we visited a dozen casino restrooms (bathrooms for my US readers) that week and each one had those had air dryers.
The night before we left YVR, Mary said her throat was starting to tickle; and by the next morning she was full on sick with a fever.
We were on different flights; I kept checking in on her to see how she was doing. I felt so bad for her, traveling when you feel like shit is the worst!
I felt fine until that evening when I got home. Like Mary, my throat started to tickle and by the time I was ready for bed, I had a high fever.
Long story short, we were both sick with some funky antibiotic resistant strain of, I am not sure what? We both had several trips to the clinic and both of us needed several different types of meds before we got better.
I’ve never been that sick in my life; and in case you’re wondering, yes I do get my flu shot every year.
While I was bed bound, I saw this report on how restroom air dryers are the perfect distributors for bacterias and germs. I will spare you the gory details, but I am convinced that’s how Mary and I got sick. And I’ve not use one of those air dryers since and I never ever willI again! I suggest you do the same.
Wish me luck on my next trip, I am going to do my best to stay healthy! Fly safe to all the snowbirds getting ready to head south.
It’s also a great to update your suitcase emergency stash every once in awhile. I’ve just bought new supplies for mine.
Oh and I have some cool, super cute, oui-liette travel stuff coming up shortly!!
Thanks for reading, be well!! Like, share or leave a comment!