Traveling makes us happy and brings us excitement with every new place we visit. And even though most of us love our trips, the traveling hygiene can sometimes seem very problematic. If you’re unprepared, it can cause inconvenience and discomfort. So, here are some tips on how to maintain good hygiene on the road.
Keep your hands clean
Keeping your hands clean is essential since you can’t really avoid touching your face and mouth, which is one of the most frequent ways of catching diseases. So, wash your hands as often as possible, especially after being in touch with anything public, such as doorknobs in restaurants, handholds in public transport or ATM machines. Also, wash them before meals, after using the toilet or touching animals. Cut your nails short, since dirt and bacteria stick more easily under longer nails. If you don’t have access to water at all times, make sure to pack some hand sanitizer.
Clean mouth for a pleasant journey
Bad breath can make your journey hell, especially if it comes from the person next to you. So, make people around you happy, get rid of that foul taste in your mouth and keep your teeth healthy by maintaining your oral hygiene while on the road.
Chewing gum may be a short-term solution, but you can pack a mini toothbrush and some toothpaste as well, to use in restrooms along the way. Also, throw a small bottle of mouthwash and some floss into your handbag or backpack and you’re ready to go.
Clean your face
Washing your face using water and adequate facial products is the best way to go, but that might not always be possible while traveling. Instead, use some of the waterless products available. You can get special wet wipes for your face anywhere, and they are made for every skin type. Avoid wearing makeup while traveling, since it’s easier to maintain a clean face without it. Bring some moisturizer and sunscreen and you’ll be fine.
Use the toilet safely
Do your best to find dry and clean restrooms while on the road. Don’t think that those used less frequently will be cleaner. Quite the opposite, the ones used all the time also get cleaned all the time, so opt for those. However, don’t touch anything you don’t have to and don’t sit on the toilet seats. When traveling, always be equipped with some toilet paper and bathroom wipes, in case those aren’t provided in the restroom you use. And if you prefer bidets, you can buy a portable travel bidet in Australia and use it anywhere to enjoy the hygiene and comfort you have at home.
Tend to your body
Some gas stations and better-equipped restrooms have showers for travelers to use. If you’re not lucky enough to come across one of these and you can’t get a shower, rubbing yourself with a clean cotton washcloth and some warm water will also do the trick. And if all else fails, use baby wipes, since they are made for sensitive baby skin, which means they won’t irritate your skin either.
Furthermore, alcohol-based wipes are great for your hands, underarms or the skin behind your ears. And if you have clean and comfortable clothes with you, so that you can change when you feel less than fresh, even better.
Maintain feet freshness
Whenever you take a shower in hostels or camps, or any other place with a communal bathroom, make sure you wear flip-flops. That way you’ll avoid getting fungus on your feet, but you’ll still be able to wash them properly. If you don’t have a place to wash your feet, use alcohol-based wipes to clean them well. Moreover, putting some baby powder or baking soda in your shoes will help deodorize your feet. Having a clean change of socks in your hand luggage won’t hurt either.
So, pack wisely. Bring your hygiene products with you, don’t forget your good mood and your brightest smile, but leave your troubles and worries at home and have a great time on your trip.