Here’s how to stay clean and safe while traveling.
Even when there’s not a Coronavirus lurking around, airplanes and airports can be like Petri dishes with some gnarly germs and grime. Only traveling while you’re healthy is the best way to help keep travel safe for everyone (c’mon people, stay home if you’re sick!), but sleepless nights and stress from travel can actually reduce the body’s ability to fight off antigens and leave you vulnerable. The CDC recommends being an alert traveler by avoiding contact with the sick, keeping your hands off your face, covering your coughs and sneezes, staying home when you’re sick (ahem, again we say, “c’mon people!”), disinfecting personal spaces, and washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Although the following items won’t guarantee you won’t come into contact with germs on your next flight, they can definitely help sanitize your space and reduce your risk of catching anything midair.
Airplane trays continually rank as the dirtiest place on the airplane (some containing up to 2,155 colony-forming units per square inch), so this handy expandable tray cover and storage unit from Airplane Pockets is crucial to keeping your space sanitized. The stretchable cover slips over the airplane tray, with a drop-down pocket to replace the airline’s backseat pocket with 4 expandable pockets (plenty of room for storing your laptop, phone, water bottle, etc.). When the food cart comes around, the tray cover doubles as a placemat.