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TripAdvisor Travelers Know Good Hand Hygiene Doesn't Have To Slow You Down

Samantha Williams

5/7/2014


By Samantha Williams


Director of Public Relations, GOJO Industries

No one wants to be sidelined by illness during the family vacation.  As a mom, I am insistent about good hand hygiene especially when traveling.  More than 80% of germs are transmitted from the hands.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend washing hands with soap and water and when unavailable use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.1

An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an important part of good hand hygiene for traveling.  For those moments there are many on-the-go hand sanitizer products that are convenient to put on a bag, slip in a purse and have at the ready when you need it.  Recently TripAdvisor travelers in the U.S. and Canada for the second consecutive year selected PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer as the best hand sanitizer and the brand that travelers voted their Travelers Choice Favorite.  

As TripAdvisor travelers know, good hand hygiene while traveling or everyday doesn’t have to slow you down. Here are some tips to use when traveling.

• Restaurants: After touching the menu and before eating, make a trip to the bathroom to wash hands, remembering to sing Happy Birthday twice, which is at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced gel or sanitizing wipes.

• Mass Transit: A lot of hands have touched the railings and knobs in many subways and buses, so good idea to clean your hands with a squirt of hand sanitizer when exiting.

• Restrooms: Always important to wash your hands after leaving the bathroom.  In a study, it found that only 1 in 4 people wash their hands before leaving the restroom.2  

If a hand sanitizer isn’t at the door exiting the bathroom, keep a travel size hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket for these moments. 

• Sneezing and Coughing: Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after a sneeze and cough helps to reduce spreading your germs to others.

Good hand hygiene is essential in lowering the spread of germs.  Using these tips and our own common sense in cleaning and sanitizing our hands, will keep us and our families healthy and well during the family vacation.  

Share with us below how you keep yourself and your family healthy during the family vacation and throughout your daily routine.

1http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/
2.September 2007.  Observational Study Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA).

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