Did you know that airborne and forborne germs are not the only reasons you can get sick when you travel?
The Summer Travel Season is here, and You Need Your Travel Gear Ready!
I learned this years ago the hard way – with pink eye! Yep, driving home from the airport my right eye started to get that irritated sticky feeling that’s never good. Within 24 hours, I had full blown – and highly contagious – pink eye.
We all know about the cold and flus that complement travel and adventure.
As a dermatologist whose vision of the world often starts with the skin, here are my travel recommendations to help reduce the risk of getting ill from touching contagious germs:
- Travel with sanitizing wipes and wipe down your seat once you settle into your place on the plane, train or other mode of transportation.
- In airports, taxis and getting to and from your plane, train etc., try very hard not to touch surfaces. The fewer things you touch, the lower the chance of a germ hitching a ride on your hands.
- Unless you just washed your hands, try NOT to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with them. These are your “portals of entry” – the ways that infectious germs “get in” and make you ill.
- Carry facial tissues (Kleenex or other) and use them if you need to rub your eye or touch your nose and you’re not able to wash your hands first. Discard the tissue because the hand side may now be a fomite. If you are traveling by air, remember that airplane air is drying. Be prepared. You’re going to want to hydrate lips and skin to keep them comfortable.
- Carry a lip balm stick that you do NOT dip your fingers into.
- Bring a small mist water spray or mister you fill with bottled water (never bathroom water) and mist your face. Use freshly-washed hands to then apply a hyaluronic acid serum or cream and/or a facial oil or more oil-based cream to prevent skin dryness.
- Use a hand cream to moisturize your hands after washing them.
Enjoy your summer travel adventures this year without the “little travel bug” misadventures by being prepared!