How To Travel Through The Airport and Not Bring Home A Cold

How To Travel Through The Airport and Not Bring Home A Cold, Flickr: peapodlabsI might feel like I could run a marathon while heading to the airport, happy and healthy to be getting out of town. And then, I enter the airport’s doors. There is something about the air, the crowds and the mingling of germs in these high trafficked spaces that instantly brings on a sore throat and a runny, Rudolph red nose. As fall approaches, so do the colds travelers pick up more often than not while traveling through the airport. If you would prefer to arrive to your destination without a cold, here are a few travel tips you can take at the airport.

Wash your hands often: Traveling through the airport, you might forget just all of the surfaces you are touching, from elevator buttons to escalator handles. Wash your hands as often as you can at the airport. This will help kill germs you might have picked up while traveling from one terminal to the next.

Wear socks and use hand sanitizer at security: Often the only threat at airport security is the threat of picking up a cold. One of the worst places in the airport to pick up a cold comes at the security checkpoint. Those security agents are wearing gloves for a reason. When you touch those plastic bins and walk through the body scanners without socks, you could be asking for a nice fall cold. Travelers can avoid diseases by wearing socks as they go through security. Also once you have finished touching all of those bins thousands touch a day, pull out your hand sanitizer for a nice lather.

Be cautious at soda and drinking fountains: Many airports have restaurants where you can go fill up your soda at a fountain. When you press that button for Pepsi, you know many have come before you doing the same. You don’t know the state of their health. The same goes for drinking fountains. If you sit near a drinking fountain at an airport, you will quickly discover a person stops every few seconds for a sip. They might slurp up the water and then run their hand over their month, a hand that was just pressing a communal button for water. Be careful at these places and again immediately reach for hand sanitizer or go wash your hands after using them.

Be a loner in waiting areas: You might not be able to avoid people on the airplane, but you can certainly avoid them at the airport. While waiting at your gate, try to find an area away from the masses. One sneeze near you can mean a cold later on in the week. I often look for areas in airports where there aren’t people around, especially during cold season. At the same time, consider what you touch where you decide to wait for your flight. Gripping an armrest could result in a cold later.

Resist picking up store products until purchasing: Those news stands and airport snack shacks might look like a great way to kill some time. Pick up a few magazines. Put them back on the shelf. Pick up some snacks you are considering purchasing before deciding on just pretzels. All of these decisions might seem innocent, but you will notice many others doing the same. These products are also common surfaces. Travelers should try to only pick up the items they will be purchasing. After you do, it might be time to wash your hands again or squirt a glob of hand sanitizer on your palms.


Don't forget to 'Like us' on Facebook!

 

photo: peapodlabs

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
$ 15 OFF
Big Savings Coupon Code: Blog15

RecentPosts

  • 4 Romantic Stops in RomeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 16 Apr 2014
  • Rome sets the stage for romance with its glowing piazzas, marble monuments and cobblestone streets just begging for couples to walk hand in hand. The Eternal City is always busy romancing all who enter its gates. Whether you are just passing through with a special someone or visiting for an anniversary, Rome comes chock full of starry-eyed attractions. For couples traveling to Rome, you are sure to find amore at these amorous sites in town....read more

  • Virtual Travel Will Be a Thing in 2024 + More of This Week’s Top Travel StoriesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Diana Denza, last post 15 Apr 2014
  • It's sort of like "The Matrix", but for people who need a vacation....read more

  • 5 Great Authors to Take with You on Your Next TripComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 15 Apr 2014
  • Text messages, emails, tweets, status updates – when's the last time you read something more than a few paragraphs long and solely for the sheer joy of reading it? Got a long haul flight or some time lounging by the pool lined up? Here are five acclaimed travel authors to keep you company....read more

  • Viva Italia! 5 Reasons to Drop Everything and Visit RomeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Diana Denza, last post 14 Apr 2014
  • Rome is called The Eternal City for a reason. This vibrant historical and cultural mecca is visited by millions of wide-eyed tourists each year. If you’re still hesitating over booking that flight, we’ve gathered five photos that’ll make you want to walk out of your office and never come back (but please don’t do that). With museums this remarkable and food this drop-dead delicious, everything else can wait....read more

  • 4 Packing Tips for a Truly Happy EasterComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 14 Apr 2014
  • Easter is a popular time to travel, often coinciding with school spring breaks and much needed time away from the office. And as many people will be traveling for the spring holiday, packing for Easter is sometimes akin to walking on eggshells. One false step and you might be hopping to a mall in a mad dash. To eliminate any Easter packing problems, here are four main tips to keep in mind while traveling for this spring holiday....read more