We just got back from a visit to Michigan to see family. It was one of the best vacations I’ve had thus far. Of course the traveling portion is always the worst, especially with small children. Trying to stay healthy while being inundated with germs from a foreign environment can be overwhelming. But, take a breath and do what you can do, don’t freak about the things that you can’t.
That being said(!): small children put everything in their mouths and are constantly touching their face and eyes. Of course, with the Coronavirus being so rampant, this is kind of terrifying. The last thing you want to do when going on vacation is to get sick in the process of getting there. Similarly, you don’t want to bring anything to the families that you are visiting.
These are a few things that I brought with us (or wish I did) to keep our area as sanitized as possible and mostly for peace of mind. Under normal circumstances–as in, not during a pandemic–I wouldn’t bring all of these. Exposure to minor viruses is extremely important in developing immunity–ask any microbiologist. HOWEVER, Corona is everywhere right now, and again I certainly wouldn’t want to get our older family members sick. I do not consider my family to be high risk, thus I am much more relaxed in regards to the Coronavirus. HOWEVER, I realize and respect that not everyone is in line with this ideal. Therefore I try to keep a healthy balance of obsessive and lax.
Current Travel Protocols
My husband and I had to wear masks the entire time we were in the airport and on the airplane. In fact, the flight attendants were policing to ensure that everyone wore their masks properly. You must have you mouth and nose covered for the duration of the flight. This is standard protocol on every flight right now. Very young children do not need to wear masks. Neither of our children at 3-years old and 7-months old wore a mask (though on our last flight this summer out of SIX, one flight attendant demanded that my 3-year old wear a mask). Airplanes are also being equipped with aerosolized disinfectant and are sanitized in between flights.
I think it’s important to realize that you can do everything under the sun to keep your area clean, but sometimes you still get sick. Please do your research regarding the Coronavirus as it is not as easily spread as it is made out to be and it is not a killing machine. If you are young and healthy, please try not to panic about getting the virus. Just adhere to a healthy lifestyle to best prepare yourself.
Beyond these travel items, there are also things that you can do to support your own health and keep your defenses up. These are not items to do the day of the flight, but to introduce to your lifestyle long before.
I hate this requirement, but in order to fly you have to have a mask. Spirit AIrlines had cloth masks available for $3 if you did not already have one, whereas Southwest was handing out disposables for free. You must wear a mask at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking. There is not any policing in the terminals in that if you are not close to others, you can take your mask off.
In the instance of traveling, I prefer the spray sanitizers so that you can spray an area. Such as the seat back tray tables or chairs in the terminal area.
Force of Nature (FON) HOCl disinfectant
I freaking LOVE this stuff. It is the epitome of safe and effective. Force of Nature is an EPA registered disinfectant. It’s so safe that you can spray down baby’s pacifier and pop it into their mouth. I poured some FON into a small travel bottle to take with. I used it to spray any toys that fell on the floor or pacifiers in general. You can also use it to spray down areas or hands.
This isn’t necessarily fancy or novel, but I used pacifier clips to keep their pacifiers from falling. Yes both girls use them. That’s a battle for another day… My 7-month old is also fascinated with the gravity game. I put a pacifier clip on her toy to keep it off the floor. Even with pacifiers being attached to their bodies, the pacifier would end up sandwiched on various items (chairs, me). I frequently gave them a spritz with the Force of Nature disinfectant mentioned above.
Gimme allllll the wipes, please. These sanitizing wipes (sign up with this link to get $10 off!) are the best, bar none. They are safe, effective and I trust the brand. Unfortunately, they were not released until a couple of days before our flight so I didn’t have time to get any. I used basic baby wipes for wiping down the seat backs, tray tables, and arm rests on each plane. Baby wipes have a bit of soap in them, so they do work at removing germs. However, the soap content is pretty minimal. Therefore, I would prefer to follow it up with a sanitizing wipe to kill anything that remains. Get $10 off from
I randomly received these as a baby shower gift years ago and am finally using them. They work EXCELLENT. It’s simply a plastic sticker that you place in front of your young one and wah lah! A semi-sterile place setting! Perfect for when stopping for a bite in the food court or to place on the airplane tray table.
Propolis Throat Spray
Propolis is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-everything (basically). Bee’s use propolis to sanitize their hive. I got the kid’s version to spray my 3-year old’s throat (as well as my husband and myself) while traveling. As a plus, my 3-year old likes the taste, so it’s not a battle! Note: I did NOT use it with my infant, because it does contain honey, so please be aware of that.
You can also use nasal sprays as another form of defense. They work to keep the nasal passages clean and less favorable for contaminants, similar to the throat spray above. This one is a colloidal silver one, which you probably wouldn’t want to over-use. Silver is a great disinfectant to support the body’s natural defenses. This one uses xylitol, which is more gentle so good for frequent/daily use. I personally did not bring either of these, though I have them both. I just felt like this might be overkill, but whatever brings you peace of mind: go for it.
This has nothing to do with sanitizing and everything to do with moisturizing those sad hands. All of the sanitizers and hand washing will leave your hands drier than a tumbleweed.
If you do not have something, don’t fret. Don’t stress yourself anymore than travel already does. Airports are pretty empty right now and there are hand sanitizer stations everywhere. Airplanes are using HEPA filters and an aerosolized disinfectant on board. Travel is more sanitary now than it ever has been, for good reason.
The best thing that you can do to prevent illness and stay healthy is simply to live a healthy lifestyle everyday! That way your body can properly react to potential threats. Eat your vegetables, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, minimize toxin exposure, and of course: wash your hands.💚
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