Genuine Curiosity

Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


Protect Yourself! Germs travel, too.

As we move into the holiday season, that means more travel and more close contact with more people.  And where there are people, there are germs.  And it's not just travel season, it's also H1N1 season.

Now - as you may know from the blog here, I travel a lot.  What you may not know, is that I don't get sick a lot.  I follow the well-publicized advice to wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer (I have a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer hooked to my laptop bag at all times).

Purellsinglewipes But I also take one extra precaution during air travel.  It's one that serves me well, and I'd like to share it with you:  individually wrapped sanitizing hand wipes.

I maintain a stash of about 10 of these tucked into a pocket in my bag so I always have one handy.  Then, when they serve food on the plane I not only wipe down my hands, I also wipe down the tray table on the plane. 

Why?  Because practically everyone who sat in that seat before me used that tray, including sick people, children, and messy adults.  And I've seen people seat their babies in diapers on those trays.  And it makes me feel better to wipe them off before eating food or drinking drinks off of them.

So, do yourself a favor and take some of these wipes along as you head out for the holidays.  I hope they serve you as well as they have me.  I order them in packs of 100, which cost about $7 via Amazon.

P.S. If you are leaving in the next few days and you need some right away, you can always sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime and get them in 2 days for free, or 1 day for an extra $3.99.  Want to know more about Prime?  I wrote about how much I love it recently (and it will be well-used by me during the upcoming Christmas buying season).