Eight Tips for Staying Germ-Free While Traveling in Groups
These days, we all need to take safety precautions to avoid getting sick—especially when we’re in a group. The good news is that avoiding illness is possible as long as you know what to do and take the right actions. Keep reading to learn how to stay clean when traveling in Alaska:
- Wash your hands: The best way to prevent spreading germs is to wash your hands! We don’t just mean after you use the restroom, either—make a habit of washing your hands with hot water as frequently as possible. Don’t just rinse them off—instead, wash with soap for at least 20 seconds to remove as many germs as possible.
- Use hand sanitizer: There isn’t always a sink with hand soap when you need one. Thankfully, there’s hand sanitizer. We recommend using hand sanitizer after touching a potentially dirty surface, like a doorknob or airplane tray. Just be sure that the hand sanitizer you’re using contains at least 60 percent alcohol for maximum effect.
- Wipe down items: Speaking of dirty surfaces, try to keep everything around you clean by wiping things down with antibacterial wipes. Light switches, door handles and keyboards are just a few hotbeds for germs. Wiping them down before touching them can eliminate some of the bacteria and make the surface a little bit safer.
- Stay hydrated: Hydration is essential for a variety of reasons, particularly when it comes to avoiding illness. Staying hydrated prevents your nasal passages from becoming irritated, and makes it easier for your body to fight off germs. In addition to drinking plenty of water, try to avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.
- Eat right: Another big part of staying germ-free in Alaska is getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. Eat a balanced and healthy diet to keep your body in tip-top shape. And, for a little extra protection, consider taking zinc or a multivitamin pill.
- Stay home if you’re feeling ill: Nobody wants to miss out on a fun adventure, but if you’re not feeling 100 percent, stay in bed and rest. Taking care of yourself when you’re ill helps with recovery time and ensures that your germs don’t spread to anyone else in the group.
- Keep your distance: If someone in your group is ill and didn’t stay home, try to avoid them. Any of their coughs or sneezes are spreading germs, so try to stay as far away as possible. Additionally, avoid touching any items that they’ve recently been in contact with.
- Travel with the experts: Last, but certainly not least, always go with a professional when you’re embarking on an activity like a fishing expedition. On top of teaching you how to stay clean when traveling in Alaska, fishing guides help ensure you stay safe, have fun and catch some impressive fish.
Spring is a great time to go on a fishing excursion in Alaska—just be sure you’re fishing with our pros at Phantom Tri-River Charters! Call us today to book a salmon fishing charter or to learn more about staying germ-free in Alaska.