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How to Stay Clean While Traveling

If You Love to Travel but Hate Germs, Here Are Some Tips For Your Next Trip

How to Stay Clean While Traveling

Anyone who's ever found a stray hair on a hotel bed, witnessed a tray table used as a diaper-changing table, or been handed a reused (and unwashed) plane blanket knows: you don't have a be a full-on germophobe to get grossed out by the less-than-clean conditions that seem to go hand in hand with travel. But for those of us who already carry an arsenal of hand sanitizer and wet wipes on a daily basis, it's easy to feel like we're fighting a losing battle when it comes to planes, trains, and hotel rooms.

As a lifelong germophobe, my relationship with travel is complicated; while I have a diagnosable (if not millennial-defining) case of wanderlust, the many unsanitary situations serve as a serious deterrent to my adventurous spirit. But thankfully, through years of traveling both for leisure and for work, I've racked up a series of tried-and-true hacks for staying calm, collected, and — perhaps most importantly to me — clean while traveling. From one germophobe to another, you're welcome.

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