9th Mar 2018
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Five essential travel gadgets that will save your health
Five essential travel gadgets that will save your health

Planes, trains, terminals and toilets are all hotbeds of horrible bacteria that directly assault your immune system.

You can wash your hands before meals, avoid germ-infested tourist traps and only drink bottled water, but being in a foreign place means your immune system is working overtime to protect you from previously unencountered microbes.

So, if you want to improve your chance of staying healthy on holiday, make sure you pack these five travel gadgets:

1. Hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes
Washing your hands is the best way to stay clean, but what if you’re washing in dodgy water, and what about opening the toilet door after all those people who haven’t washed before you.

Washing hands combined with the use of hand sanitiser will lower your risk of carrying bacteria. It’s also great to use when you don’t have access to clean running water and soap, or if you’ve had to touch ‘untrustworthy’ surfaces.

Speaking of dodgy surfaces, hand sanitiser is no good to you if you wish to clean down your plane seat tray, seatbelt, touch screen or remote control. Ditto your mobile phone (imagine the surfaces it touches – certainly worth wiping it down daily) and any remote controls, surfaces and often-touched equipment in hotel rooms. You’ll need some handy sanitising hand wipes for that.

  


2. Anti-bacterial protector
If handy wipes don’t cut the mustard on your sanitary standards, you could try an anti-bacterial protector, such as the Air-protector. It’s a disposable cover that you can place over you tray table or your headrest.

 

3. Water bottle filter
We’re lucky to live in a country with quality drinking water that won’t rot your gut or grow colonies of microbial metropolises in your tummy, but other countries are not so fortunate.

That’s when a water bottle filter will be your best friend. Most brands, such as Life Straw, claim their filters will eliminate up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria and microbes, and if you boil the water prior to pouring into your bottle you can almost rest assured that the water you drink will be safe for drinking.


4. Saline nasal spray
This one is a must for any regular plane traveller. The air inside plane cabins is usually much drier than what you’re used to on the ground, and so your nasal passages tend to dry out making you more susceptible to germs and bacteria. A quick regular snort of saline spray will keep your nose moist and your mucous membranes operating as nature intended.

5. Anti-microbial blanket
It’s a nasty little secret not often publicised, but plane blankets are hardly ever cleaned – they’re just put into new plastic bags and redistributed for the next flight. So, you’re really taking your chances when you put them near your face. Bring your own anti-microbial fleece blanket and you’ll know exactly what you’re sleeping with on the plane.

Do you have any preferred gadgets that keep you healthy on holiday?

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    Dougie
    10th Mar 2018
    9:35am
    We spray Glen 20 in hotel and cruise ship cabins.It can be difficult to find in some countries.
    As you cannot carry aerosol pack on an aircraft does anyone have a similar alternative?
    Puglet
    10th Mar 2018
    1:45pm
    Dougie, there is no research evidence to support claims that Glen20, Dettol etc ‘disinfect’ anything (google it and you’ll see what I mean). Hand sanitizers are no better than soap and water. However sanitizers are better than nothing (water and soap are unavailable). Most hospitals and medical centres have replaced hand sanitizers such as Dettol etc with good old soap and water because the latter works better and is cheaper.
    KSS
    10th Mar 2018
    2:46pm
    I agree Piglet. All those antibacteria cloths, sprays and lotions are also contributing to the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Unless your immune system is compromised most of this advice is not necessary.
    ozirules
    10th Mar 2018
    2:46pm
    you can carry aerosol in checked luggage but not in cabin baggage. I leave the Glen20 near the top of my checked bag where I can easily remove it before boarding ship etc.
    jackie
    10th Mar 2018
    3:01pm
    I can't believe the airline companies pass around unwashed blankets to passengers. That is a blatant health risk.
    Older lady
    10th Mar 2018
    3:12pm
    I’m In Shock too. Dirty blankets. I thought because bag was sealed they were clean. That is a filthy practice and needs to stop immediately. No wonder so many people end up sick after a flight.
    Flu germs would be passed on most certainly on the blanket. Health departments should be investigating this claim.


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