Don’t walk barefoot through airport security
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Many vacations start with a trip to the airport, but if you take your shoes off and stand around barefoot longer than absolutely necessary in an effort to speed your way through airport security, you may be at risk for a fungal infection such as athlete’s foot, according to Rami Calis, DPM, a podiatry instructor at Atlanta’s Emory University. “Athlete’s foot infections must be rampant,” Dr. Calis told WebMD. “The floor is often dirty where all those people walk through security. And it doesn’t get any sun. I haven’t taken any samples from these areas, but if we do I bet we’ll find 101 different things.” To reduce the odds of contracting a fungal infection, wear socks through airport security and put your shoes back on as soon as they are returned to you. Once you do get on your flight, make sure you never do these things on the airplane.
Don’t take baths in the hotel tub
Nothing says “vacation” like a leisurely bubble bath in a hotel tub, maybe with a glass of wine, and good book. But luxuriating in a hotel tub could mean soaking in a stew of bacteria and cleaning chemicals, according to a study by the travel logistics website TravelMath. The study found that hotel rooms are dirtier than the average airplane or school. In addition, a 2012 study published by the Journal of Microbiology found that the highest levels of contamination were in the housekeepers’ cleaning implements, including sponges and mops—those very same ones that are used to clean bathroom tubs, sinks, and floors. Not so relaxing, right? Skip the bath and book a massage at the hotel spa instead. Skip these 15 other things while in a hotel room, too.