Full disclosure… I am a bit of germaphobe. Things like cleansing wipes, hand-sanitizer and even regular good ol’ bar soap kind of excite me. Is that weird? Kind of. But I know that I am not alone in my love for all that is clean. Plus, no one wants to have their vacation ruined by a bad cold or the dreaded stomach bug if they can help it. Therefore, I am sharing my germ prevention tips for travel.
First of all, the norovirus, which is more popularly referred to as the stomach bug, is most prevalent from November through April. Therefore, if you travel during the winter months you have a higher probability of catching it than if you travel during other times of the year. Also, colds and other viruses run more rampant during the winter months as well. This is something to keep in mind when choosing dates for your vacation especially if you are traveling with small children and have a flexible travel schedule.
Although Disney World is impeccably clean when compared to other theme park and resort destinations, it is still visited by thousands of people each day; a handful of whom are sick. This, combined with the fact that children touch everything in their field of view and babies and toddlers put anything not bolted to the floor into their mouths, often leads to the passing of nasty germs.
When planning your trip, checkout Disney’s crowd calendars. Sites such as Undercover Tourist are great resources to see when peak crowds visit the park. Obviously, the higher the attendance, the higher the potential that there will be more sick people in attendance.
But no matter when you travel to Disney World or anywhere else for that matter, there is a potential for someone in your party to catch something which will make even the happiest place on earth a lot less so. Therefore, to combat this as much as humanly possible, I pack some germ fighting items in my purse, carry-on, and in another easily accessible locations. I also pack additional reinforcements of these same items in my checked baggage so I can have more available once we arrive.
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Bottle of Hand-Sanitizer (less than 3oz to meet airport security standards) such as:
For adult use (or for those older than a toddler) to quickly clean hands before handling food, after a diaper change, etc.
Small packet of toddler hand sanitizing wipes such as:
For use when children touch dirty surfaces and prior to meals, etc.
Small packet of surface cleaning wipes such as:
To clean airline seat area: tray table, arm rests, air vents, etc.
I also use them to quickly clean hotel room surfaces upon arrival such as:
- Counter tops / dressers
- Door knobs
- Faucets and knobs on the sink and shower
- Remote control
- Complimentary pen
- Tables, chairs – basically any hard surface that I can
I will also take extra packets with me to the parks and pull them out to clean table surfaces, and high chairs at restaurants before mealtime.
Obviously, following these methods will not eliminate the possibility of getting sick on your vacation but being a little vigilant will definitely reduce your risk thereby increasing you’re opportunity to focus on the fun.