We have many reasons to travel around the world, but we often seem to underestimate the importance of proper hygiene while on the road. Though not all countries around the world have a problem with the many aspects of hygiene, it is our own responsibility to avoid the danger of poor hygiene on the road. Sometimes even hotels and public transport abroad can be problematic since they will have a chance of catching unknown pathogens. Although house cleaning and office cleaning are part of the solution, personal hygiene can be more important than whatever a cleaning company can do for you. The following practices should be considered commonplace, especially if you tend to travel to areas you’re not used to with tropical diseases and other areas where you will experience conditions beneficial to virus and bacteria strains:

• Do your best to carry hand sanitizer on you at all times if you plan on using anything in an epidemic-prone area. As it was proven with the recent Ebola epidemic, governments don’t always deal with things in an adequate fashion, so it is your responsibility to protect yourself in higher risk areas and countries.

• If you have allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals and substances, you should do your best to take extra precautions when you rub your eyes. This is a reflex that often creates a risk of infection since eyes are a pretty vulnerable in such situations and we tend to touch them by instinct when something is in them.

• Although you should still wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis and as often as you must, thoroughly and for at least 30 seconds, sanitizers can still be pretty useful when you have no other choice and you need to be clean.

• You should remember that the most hostile environment for most microorganisms is exposed, dry surfaces anywhere directly in the sun and fresh air. Only a surface that has been contaminated with food or fluids in general can allow them to multiply extremely fast under the right conditions, so you should do your best to keep yourself and areas where you eat clean no matter what the circumstances may be.

• You should make use of wet wipes before you touch any surface that has been touched by potentially contagious people or animals during an epidemic. Such surfaces can and will include luggage handles, steering wheels, sinks and flush handles in hotels, keyboards and mice and other places that may be contaminated with microorganisms, viruses, bacteria and spores. Allow enough time for the wipes to do their magic however and then move on.

• Do your best to get in the habit of greeting others with a have or verbally rather than getting touchy-feely or hugging them. Coughing, sneezing and direct contact with bodily fluids can be a serious problem during an epidemic of certain viruses and bacteria, so you would do well to stay safe in such conditions and to deal with washing your clothes and home cleaning as well with diligence. This simple change in social behavior will allow you to protect yourself with more success during epidemics. Carpet cleaning experts in Wimbledon can help you with your cleaning.