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Tip to Avoid Germs on an Airplane

The 1 Thing I Never Board an Airplane Without (Hint: It'll Minimize the Germs)

I'm the type of person who will gladly spend hours planning a trip, looking for hotels and Airbnb options that will provide the most authentic experience, and creating an itinerary full of adventure. As much as I enjoy traveling, one thing I don't like is the actual flight. I don't have a fear of flying, I can sleep through the takeoff and landing, but I cannot handle the germs.

Germs are inevitable, but I try my hardest to reduce the potential of getting sick. No matter how far I'm traveling or how great the airline is, I always travel with a pack of disinfecting wipes.

This habit started years ago when I would travel for track meets. My coaches would advise us to wipe down our seats, arm rests, and tray table before getting cozy in order to eliminate the germs. Initially, I thought this routine was silly, but years later it's something I still do. And before you go calling me paranoid, you should know that The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't regulate or inspect aircraft cleanliness.

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If that made you cringe, do yourself a favor and before you board your next flight, purchase a pack of disinfecting wipes. And if you're feeling extra nice, share one with the people sitting next to you.

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