How to Disinfect Your Airplane Seat

April 4, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

I may be a bit of a germaphobe, but I get a little worried when I think I’m putting my hands where dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people have put their hands before me. Were they sick? Were their hands clean? Did they just sneeze into their hands before they touched the thing I’m about to touch?

One of the worst places to experience this phobia is during air travel. Whether you’re touching the screen on the check-in kiosk, the armrests of the seats at the gate, or even the handles of the airport escalator, you’re going to risk getting sick by touching some of these surfaces.

(Surprisingly, one of the cleanest surfaces in the airport? The toilet.)

It’s just as bad on airplanes too. According to an article in Smart Travel, the average tray table is exponentially germier than a home toilet seat. Other spots for germs include seat buckles, seatback pockets and aisle seats as people touch them on their way back to their seats.

But don’t worry, you can protect yourself from those germs and have a germ-free — well, a germs-fewer — trip.

Airplane seats and the tray tables

First, you’ll need disinfecting wipes, of course, and it doesn’t matter whether you choose from brand names, generics, or even medical grade. Try to get the hand disinfectant kinds, and not the bathroom/kitchen cleaning products if you want to wipe off your hands as well. Get them in travel packs, or pack a few in a small resealable bag.

Next, board the plane with wipes in hand, and be sure to use them correctly. Start by wiping hard, nonporous surfaces, leaving them wet for as long as directed on the package. Don’t rush the wait time by wiping them down. Germs are being destroyed while you wait, so be patient.

Upholstered surfaces can’t be disinfected with wipes for two reasons: 1) It doesn’t work, and 2) it will leave the fabric wet. Who wants to deal with those issues on top of everything else? A disposable airplane seat cover will work, however. There are washable ones, too. And there are smaller disposable covers designed for the tray table and headrest if you’d rather go that route.

Make sure you take a small bottle of hand sanitizer (small enough to get through the TSA checkpoint). Use it to sanitize your hands when you leave the plane and when you leave the airport. Also, make sure you sanitize your hands before you eat any food.

Finally, be sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth while you’re traveling — you can get sick by transmitting germs from your hands to a mucosal (moist) surface on your body, like rubbing your eyes, scratching inside your nose, or putting food in your mouth.

Finally, seatback pockets have the highest concentration of germs and should be avoided at all costs. Don’t stick your phone, book, or food items in there. Instead, consider purchasing a seat back liner or flight bag that hangs from the seatback tray toggle.

Are you worried about germs when you travel? Do you wipe down surfaces or use hand sanitizer, or do you just hope for the best? Share your tips on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter stream.

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Easy Steps to Cleaning the Exterior of Your Luggage

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling is not all happy trails when accidents happen. Spilling coffee on your suitcase as you hurry toward your gate can create quite a mess. It’s also not pleasant to retrieve your luggage from the carousel and discover some strange stain on its exterior, like grease or who knows what. While you probably won’t have time to attempt to clean the stain before you return home, in case you don’t read any further, know this: DO NOT USE SOAP AND WATER!

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Do NOT use soap and water to clean the exterior of your Travelpro bags!

Perhaps that’s surprising. We’ll explain exactly what to do in a minute. While we’ve covered how to clean the interior of your Travelpro luggage in a previous post, we realized we need you to know how to maintain your bag’s exterior as well!

Travelpro products are designed and manufactured to be durable, functional, and easy to maintain. Over the years, manufacturing innovations and overall quality of fabrics and water resistant/stain resistant coatings have led to constant improvement in the wear of our luggage.
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How to Clean the Interior of Your Suitcase

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe you’ve never thought of this, until right this very second (you’re welcome): what happens to all the microbes, germs, and general dirt that we get on our clothes while we travel?

Especially when you put your dirty clothes into your suitcase for your return trip?

Do the germs evaporate? Remain on your clothes? Or do they somehow get transferred to the interior lining of your bag, leaving your clean clothes susceptible to germs, bugs, and cooties when you pack for your next trip?

We asked our service department for tips and suggestions about how to maintain or return your bag’s interior to the cleanest state possible.

Tpro Bold 2 Duffel

Our Tpro Bold 2 Duffel. Have you ever thought about how to clean the inside of this? It’s easy.

In travel, as in life, forewarned is forearmed. Choosing a bag that has been designed to help you manage soiled or wet items is the best plan. In many of our lines, we have taken the extra step to include either a wet pocket that is waterproof or apply an H2O Guard to the fabric of the entire interior lining that helps prevent stains or smells that come with possible spills or wet garment garment storage.

If your bag doesn’t have this built-in protection, use plastic bags, such as those provided at hotels for laundry service or from home, to separate your wet, dirty, or simply worn clothes from those that are still clean. Most bags have a mesh compartment in the interior lid or a zippered pocket on the exterior that can be used to store these if a plastic bag is not available. It won’t keep the cooties out, but it will separate things a bit.

If you find a spill or stain or smell in your bag’s lining, you can clean it by mixing equal parts of denatured alcohol (also called industrial alcohol), and water to form a solution. Use a damp towel or sponge to apply this, and thoroughly wipe out the interior. Do not soak the lining, but try repeated applications if the situation persists. Leave the bag open so the solution can dry completely.

If you want to deal with a spill or stain while you’re still traveling, disinfectant wipes or baby wipes can be used to mitigate the worst until you can fully attend to it.

Do you have any other suggestions? Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.