I’m on a very short overnight trip to a neighbouring country and with the A(H1N1) flu scare going around, I did not want to take chances in crowded areas. So, I packed a little “beat the bug” kit slightly modified from my usual hygiene travel kit.
I usually carry the soluble Vitamin C and always take one every single day I’m on vacation. I believe it helps boost my immunity because when you’re on vacation or travelling, you tend to be tired and your body immunity is lowered. I use the soluble sort because it absorbs more quickly into your bloodstream. So, pump it up with Vitamin C! This time I’m taking 2 a day – I’m not taking chances!
Another regular item I carry is wet wipes. Its very useful for when you are hot – cools you right down as you wipe away sweat – or when you get your hands sticky with street food 😀 Also, its useful for when you don’t have access to running water to wash hands before eating or when you don’t quite trust the water supply.
2 new additions are the hand sanitizer and disposable face mask.
The hand sanitizer is a strange disappearing item. Many years ago, it was quite common under the brand Cuticura – I carried it on my first trip to Vietnam 10 years ago but when I got back, I couldn’t find it at all – not even when bird flu was the order of the day! Not surprisingly, when the A (H1N1) pandemic flared up, Dettol appeared on the scene with their version of the hand sanitizer.
I use it to clean hands before and after eating and if I’ve touched anything dirty. Sometimes you have no access to water or don’t want to use the local water supply so this comes in handy. It gets oil off my hands a treat so I use it more after I’ve eaten and then wipe off with the wet wipes.
The disposable face mask is something I have not worn here in Malaysia despite all the fears. I’ve read that the virus is so tiny it can easily penetrate the mask anyway and besides surgical masks are to protect others from you, if you’re sick, not the other way around. However, I needed it for the look of the thing – just in case.
The best part about this kit is that everything can be carried on board the plane with no worries about liquid restraints. The hand sanitizer is only 50ml 🙂
Are you taking extra precautions when you travel? I am this time. I wasn’t even this cautious when I travelled to Hong Kong right after the SARS outbreak. I guess with age comes a little extra caution to stay alive 😛