Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Keeping
those hands clean
The medical profession tells us that bacteria are often spread by
contact with other hands or by contact with surfaces that have been
touched by the hands of others. Casually observe your fellow travelers
and watch where there hands roam. In addition, most of us have observed
people who use bathrooms but do not wash their hands on the way out.
We fall into the group who recommend that you keep you hands as clean as
possible during travel in order to avoid exposure to the bacteria
redistributed by hands.
Here are several ways to handle hands!
Carry a small bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer (e.g. PurellŪ or
DialŪ) and use it when appropriate (e.g. after shaking hands or after
using a restroom, especially if you have touched the toilet seat or the
door to the toilet). Hand sanitizer products come in personal sized
bottles that will fit in a pocket or a purse.
If you do not have hand sanitizer available, wash your hands using soap
and hot water as often as practical. Most of us leave the restroom
because we do not have time to wait for the hot water to arrive, so
remember to carry hand sanitizer.
Now, one more "handy" issue -Many people face the “restroom door
challenge” with trepidation, not wanting to touch the door but needing
to open it to get in or out. If you are inside, take an extra towel
after you dry your hands and use it to cover your hand when you open the
door. If the door is a “push door”, push it open with you hips. If it is
a “pull door”, there are no towels, and you are wearing apparel that is
long sleeved (e.g. sweatshirt, jacket, etc.) slip your hand inside the
material and use the apparel as a glove while opening the door.
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