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Good Hygiene Practices While Travelling

Maintain good personal hygiene. Keeping clean is one of the best ways to staying healthy and avoiding infections. Keep your nails trimmed and clean, don’t share towels with anyone, wear flip flops when showering at pools, store your toothbrush properly and keep it clean, wear cotton underwear and clothes to reduce sweating, shower frequently, change and wash your clothes regularly, and quickly tend to cuts and injuries.  

Wash your hands often. Frequently and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and warm water is the best way to avoid catching a communicable disease. You should wash up after handling money, after using the toilet, before and after you eat, after touching an animal (which you should avoid doing when travelling) or any object that’s exposed to public handling or has been on the floor. Keep your hands away from your mouth and face. 

Use antibacterial hand gels and wet wipes. Antibacterial gels and wet wipes are a handy and quick way of eliminating germs on the skin and other surfaces. Keep either or both of these options with you at all times, and use them to wipe table tops and toilet seats before using them, disinfecting your mobile phone after placing it on an unclean surface, and cleaning your hands when clean water and soap aren’t available.  

Use hygienic tissues. Keep FINE’s 100% sterilized pocket tissues in your backpack, purse or pocket to dry off after washing, wipe down surfaces, and clean yourself or a cut when necessary. Public bathrooms will have paper towels and toilet paper available, but those are likely to be full of germs and aren’t hygienic. When using public restrooms, use a FINE tissue paper to open doors, flush toilets, and turn on and off water taps to avoid picking up diseases. 

Drink from a sealed water bottle. Unsuspecting travelers often get sick by drinking contaminated water or using unclean glasses at restaurants. Your best bet is to keep a trusty and fresh water bottle with you at all times (make sure it’s sealed when you buy it). You should also drink plenty of water to prevent urinary tract infections. If you’re not confident that your destination’s tap water is clean, use bottled water when brushing your teeth. 

Take a medical kit with you. Keep whatever medication you take with you in their original bottles and packs. In addition to your health insurance cards, proof of immunization and travel insurance documents, your kit should include:
  • First aid supplies
  • Prescription medications (if you have a chronic illness or condition)
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Antacid tablets
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain/fever medication 
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent