How to Keep Sanitized in Public Outdoor Venues
Posted byAlicia Trent
It’s summertime and that means beach outings with friends and lazy days camping with the crew. But lurking in those grimy beach and camping restrooms are often the worst type of creepy crawlers. Germs! That’s why it’s important to stay sanitized when doing your business in the most unsanitary of places. Here are some tips that may help you stay clean during summer outings.
Invest in Sanitizer
No matter where you are heading for the weekend, throw some hand sanitizer in your purse or handbag for the road ahead. Travel-sized sanitizers fit anywhere for easy access before and after a vacay bathroom break. Hate the smell of alcohol? Opt for a fruity or flower-scented blend to keep those hands smelling great. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.1
Fit Before You Sit
There are few things that can gross you out more than a filthy toilet seat when you really have to go. Unfortunately, beach bathrooms and outdoor potties frequently go uncleaned for hours — sometimes days — becoming a petri dish for germs. Using a trusty toilet seat cover reduces the yuck factor and may help you stay sanitized. There are many types of disposable toilet seat covers to choose from and most fit easily in a travel bag or backpack.
Flip for Flip Flops
Beach bathrooms are usually a melting pot of wet floors, sandy sinks and grubby toilets. Don’t let a dirty bathroom interrupt your relaxing day at the beach. To avoid touching your bare feet on the floor, carry an extra pair of flip-flops in your beach bag to quickly slip on before your next bathroom break. Stash the extra pair in a plastic baggie for quick usage and storage while out and about. Want added protection? Add a few disposable plastic gloves to use on bathroom faucets and door handles.
Put the Diss in Disinfectant
Camping often means attempting your nightly face-washing, toothbrushing routine in a communal camping restroom. To combat germs and stay sanitized, load up on travel-sized disinfectant spray. Before putting your precious bathroom supplies on the sink, spray the area with disinfectant and/or wipe with disinfectant wipes.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Perhaps the best move you can make to reduce germs during summer outings is to simply wash your hands whenever you can. The single most important thing you can do to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands, according the Cleveland Clinic. Grab some soap and water, scrub your hands for 20 seconds and give them a good rinse.2 Remember to dry, too! Bacteria are more likely to spread from wet hands than dry hands, so drying is an essential step in the hand-washing process, according to the Mayo Clinic. And choose towels over an air dryer. Paper towels are more effective and decrease the contamination potential in bathrooms compared to air dryers.3 So make sure those hands are washed and dried before leaving any outdoor restroom.
1“Healthy Lifestyle, Adult health.” Mayo Clinic. October 14, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/hand-washing/art-20046253?pg=2
2“A Simple Secret for Staying Well: Wash Your Hands.” Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/simple-secret-staying-well-wash-your-hands
3Sparks, Dana. “Put Your Hands Together for National Hand-Washing Awareness Week.” Mayo Clinic. December 6, 2013. http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/put-your-hands-together-for-national-hand-washing-awareness-week/
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On September 4, 2017