You’ve planned everything for your perfect vacation except one thing, you didn’t plan on getting sick. Your environment could be the main culprit to your travel bug, and you may not even know it! If you are on of the many individuals who are hypersensitive, you may need to reevaluate how to travel. 

Researching on how to travel for the hypersentive may seem overwhelming but, we’ve created a thorough guide to ensure your vacation really is perfect.

When Booking:

Preview where you will be staying – Research beforehand. Check all review sites and pictures of the rooms to see if it looks run down in any way or has any visible water damage.

Call hotels ahead of time and inform them if your sensitivity – You need to make sure that the room you are staying in has good air quality. Taking this extra step will alert them to your needs and give the hotel managers time to accommodate your needs appropriately. 

When Packing:

Bring your own pillow cases – Since your face touches this item each night, it is extremely important that it is mold-free. In very sensitive cases, bring your own pillow.

Bring a travel size air purifier – Purchase a compact Air Purifier. Bring clean, fresh air with you no matter where you visit. Travel air purifier models allow you to clean indoor air on the go. Air purifier will remove airborne mold spores. If the mold is embedded and cannot be removed from a surface, an air purifier can help remove odors. 

Bring a mask – If you are highly sensitive, it’s better to pack a mask. It is impossible to avoid being in an environment contaminated by air pollution. In these circumstances, it can be very helpful to have a mask to filter those contaminants out of the air you breathe. (This includes mold, bacteria, viruses and VOCs.)

In dry climates, bring a humidifier – Uncomfortable  dry air can result in some sleepless nights compliments of itchy skin, chapped lips, and asthma flare-ups. 

Bring wipes –  Using natural based cleaner wipes is your best bet for keeping your room clean without harmful chemicals. Wipe down the desk, dresser drawers and handles, bathroom counter and faucets, bedside table, the room phones, remotes and furniture. Just concentrate on anything you will be touching or putting your things on.

When Arriving:

Look out for wallpaper in bathrooms – The use of wallpaper promotes trapped moisture and mold growth under the wallpaper. If a hotel has copious amounts of wallpaper, it most likely has hidden mold. 

Visually Inspect – Check visible HVAC units and vents, the bathroom ceiling and wallpaper, check for odors, look at  window sills and walls around windows, look under the sink at the bar/ kitchenette area and around appliances like mini fridge.

Don’t be afraid to speak up, if you find mold or even suspect mold it’s not worth feeling sick over. Change rooms or even hotels if needed. In addition to following these tips, ensure that your hotel staff and people traveling with you are aware of your health concern so they can extend required support in case of a reaction.

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Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/aircrew/cabinairquality.html
https://www.camfil.com/en-us/insights/commercial-and-public-buildings/airplane-iaq