Tuesday, 14 June 2016

4 must-haves when travelling to places with poor hygiene

More than half of the Singapore women we surveyed avoid travelling to places with poor hygiene. Here, we suggest four travel must-haves for germophobes

These chemical tablets help to purify water by killing bacteria like giardia, which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. They’re especially useful when you are out in the wilderness.

Using this helps to lower your risk of diarrhoea while on holiday, according to a study that was published in 2012 in the Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease journal, which surveyed 200 French travellers.

Sneeze particles can travel up to 15m. That means a person who sneezes in an aircraft can spread his germs throughout the cabin, according to software company Ansys, which simulated the ways in which influenza particles travel in a pressurised plane cabin. Bottom line: If you’re travelling with someone who is sick, encourage her to put on a mask, pronto. Or wear one yourself.

TV remotes are one of the dirtiest items in hotel rooms, according to a study on contamination levels led by the University of Houston in 2012. So before you start channel-surfing, go over the remote with an alcohol wipe.

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