Germiest places you encounter while traveling
Do you get sick when you travel? Chances are you've contracted something from one of these 10 dirty offenders. From airplane tray tables to hotel bedspreads, nasty germs are literally everywhere. But with a little knowledge and a lot of hand sanitizer, you can stay uninfected on the road.
Hotel housekeepers may bleach the bathroom and dust the nightstand, but they rarely clean the TV remote. Studies conducted by microbiologists have found that the remote controls have some of the highest levels of bacterial contamination in the hotel room. Worried? You can always download the LodgeNet Mobile app and use your smartphone to control the TV.
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Airplane lavatories may be tiny, but they're big breeding grounds for germs. The space is so small that flushing the toilet sprays bacteria onto almost every surface in the bathroom, including the sink. Messy passengers who leave the sink wet are just encouraging germs to breed. Your best bet is to wash your hands, use a paper towel to open the bathroom door, and use hand sanitizer when you get back to your seat.
Airplane Tray Tables
Poor tray tables—we've seen them used as diaper-changing tables for newborns, dirty-tissue depositories, and barf-bag holders. With quick flight turnovers, these tray tables aren't getting sanitized between every trip, either. So think about that before you eat off of one on your next flight. Bring sanitizing wipes and give your tray table a quick once-over before using it.