In this modern age of travel, it isn’t uncommon for companies to send employees to attend work-related conferences and seminars across the U.S. So it’s vital that employees are aware of healthy travel tips to keep themselves in top shape while traveling and prevent the spread of germs to family members and colleagues upon return.
A report from the Global Business Travel Association confirmed there’s evidence of travel growth over the years. In 2016, business travel was projected to increase by 38,000 trips daily from the previous year’s figures. As business travel is expected to rise, employers should make it a point to give employees who travel frequently resources to stay healthy during and after their flight. Here are five tips for healthier travel:
1. Disinfect Hands
Companies should advise their employees to bring sanitizing gel containing 60 percent alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sanitizers that have alcohol can get rid of microbes quickly. Alternatively, travelers can use anti-bacterial wipes, which are also effective at killing germs. Your employees should adopt the standard healthy travel practice of disinfecting their hands before having a meal or drinking and washing their hands thoroughly with soap after using the airplane’s bathroom while in flight.
2. Clean Exposed Surfaces
One of the germ-infested areas on a plane is back pockets in the seats. This is where passengers shove half-eaten food, soiled napkins, tissues and other personal items. The magazines in the backseat pocket and the arm rests are also germ-filled areas because passengers touch them frequently. Disinfecting the table top and arm rests with anti-bacterial wipes is important because viruses can last a while on surfaces.
For travelers who prefer to sit by the window, wiping it with anti-bacterial cloth shouldn’t be overlooked in case they rest their heads on the window to catch a nap.
3. Bring Personal Items
Employers should encourage their employees who travel frequently to bring their own travel pillows, blankets and sleeping masks. It can be a shocking truth that items are sometimes reused instead of being cleaned between flights. So it’s better to take precautions rather than be infected with flu or an allergy.
4. Wash Clothes in Hot Water
Homebound travelers should wash used clothes in hot water immediately upon unpacking. This kills germs that potentially cause cold and flu.
5. Clean Luggage Thoroughly
Another recommended practice is cleaning the interior and exterior of the luggage with anti-bacterial wipes to remove viruses on its surface and those that may lurk in its crevices and corners.
Providing the above tips to employees who travel regularly will increase their awareness of healthy travel practices. Use company intranet portals, emails and the company blog to spread healthy travel messages and tips. Safeguarding your employees from the spread of viruses that may potentially cause colds and the flu is crucial in maintaining employee health in the workplace.
Emmie Sahlan has a graduate degree in English and has been writing professionally for the past five years. Her niche areas are insurance, credit cards, personal finance and education.