Airplane seatback trays. Gas station pump handles. Public restrooms. While traveling, you’re seemingly exposed to an endless variety of germs. You can help protect yourself by bringing along a travel sanitation kit.
While you can’t protect yourself or your travel companions from every type of germ out there, you can reduce your risk of exposure by cleaning surfaces and reducing direct touchpoints.
Before your next trip, create a travel sanitation kit using the ideas listed below.
When creating your travel sanitation kit, start with a bag or container that will hold all your sanitation items. Try to find one that can be washed, has flexible material, and is easy to transport.
While the bag I’m showing here is technically a lunch box, it fits all the criteria above. That makes it the perfect base for your sanitation kit.
Touchless Door Opener
Anyone else been using the sleeve or bottom of their shirt to open up doors?
Give your shirt a break and add this item to your travel sanitation kit. Or even better – carry it on your key chain so it’s always with you.
If you want to kill germs, soap and water is the way to go.
I love this travel-sized foaming hand soap. Use some water from a water bottle and this hand soap to really get your hands clean.
I carry microfiber hand towels with me to dry my hands after washing them.
It helps reduces paper towel waste and allows me to avoid hand dryers in restrooms.
When soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer is the next best option for sanitizing your hands.
Add this hand sanitizer to your travel sanitation kit to have it readily available.
Many indoor locations require you to put on a face mask before entering. Be prepared by stocking several face masks in your travel sanitation kit.
Besides, all the cool kids wear face masks.
Include some individually-wrapped disinfectant or alcohol wipes in your travel sanitation kit.
You can use them to wipe down airplane tray tables, plastic picnic tables, hotel room remotes, and all the other germ-laden surfaces you come across on your travels.
Lysol disinfectant spray can be used on hard, nonporous surfaces to kill germs.
I love this to-go size, which means it can come with me on flights to disinfectant my seating area.
Gas station pump handles are not pleasant to touch. Neither are hotel room remote controls.
Keep some gloves at the ready for those surfaces you don’t want to directly touch.
Keep at least one travel package of tissues in your travel sanitation kit.
Toilet paper can sometimes be hard to come by when you’re traveling.
Be prepared by packing your own toilet paper.
Water Purification Tablets
You can’t always trust the water on your travels.
Add these water purification tablets to your travel sanitation kit to help ensure you have clean drinking water throughout your travels.
While a trash can won’t go inside your travel sanitation kit, it’s a very necessary companion.
Toss your used disinfectant wipes and gloves in this trash can to keep any potential cross-contamination to a minimum.