Traveling Today, Fighting the Virus

Here we are in the year 2020 and I have many travel plans on my agenda for the year mainly in part to special occasions that are taking place for my family. One travel will take me back to Okinawa, Japan during the summer to witness the birth of my first grandchild. While the other, will take me to California in the fall to witness my eldest daughter marry the man of her dreams. Then, almost soon after the wedding I will be traveling to Okinawa once again to help care for the grand baby while mommy travels stateside for training.

Not only am I the only one traveling for these occasions but so are other family members and friends who will come from different areas around the states including Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina, and Massachusetts while some of us will be traveling all the way from the island of Guam via Japan. Many of us, more than likely will be flying to our destinations.

But then here we are in the year 2020 in the midst of a corona virus or COVID19 outbreak which at this moment is on the verge of possibly becoming a pandemic. So, “Traveling Today, Fighting the Virus” is going to be a challenge for all world travelers in the months ahead.

Keep Healthy

First and foremost and even before traveling, keep healthy. Keep healthy by practicing good hygiene ALWAYS. You can also keep healthy by eating right and staying active. Here are some ways to help keep healthy.

  • WASH YOUR HANDS – proper hand washing requires washing with soap and water for a few minutes
  • STAY HYDRATED – drinks lots of fluids such as water and juice to keep the body hydrated
  • EAT HEALTHY – keep your meals balanced and nutritious and be sure to include lots of vegetables and fruits
  • SLEEP – get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  • EXERCISE – be physically active and get your heart pumping for at least 20-30 minutes a day
  • LIMIT CONTACT WITH SICK PEOPLE – as much as you can help it, stay clear from people who are coughing and sneezing
  • PRACTICE PROPER COUGHING AND SNEEZING ETIQUETTE – if you are sick, cough and sneeze into tissues and properly dispose of them right away into the trash then wash your hands

While traveling especially during times of any outbreak, you want to keep healthy. Face it, if you travel while sick, people might tend to stare and wonder of you are subjecting them to a virus.

Ways to Prevent Viruses

According to Wikipedia,

“A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.”

The key word to this definition is “infectious”. The challenge that we are seeing today with the COVID19 is not only that it is infectious but that there is no known antiviral treatment for it and no vaccine to prevent it. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a lot of updated information on COVID19.

As far as keeping the spread of the virus minimal, prevention is vital. Here are some “Ways to Prevent Viruses” taken from the CDC website:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

As you can see, keeping healthy has so much to do with the ways to prevent viruses.

Travel Finds

With all the excitement caused by the COVID19 media frenzy, I have some travel finds to share. These travel finds are geared for those who will be traveling in the months ahead. They are for those traveling today, fighting the virus. However, these finds aren’t new at all but they are more prevalent for today’s world travelers.

PlaneAire Travel Mist


PlaneAire Travel Mist

Sani-Fly Travel Kit

Sani-Fly Travel Kit

SONO Disinfecting Wipes

SONO Disinfecting Wipes

Seat Sitters Airplane Seat Covers

Seat Sitters

Sky-Coaster Airplane Table Tray Covers

Sky-Coaster Tray Covers

Airplane Pockets Tray Cover

Airplane Pockets Tray Cover

Disposable Face Masks

Disposable Face Masks


Airbourne - Vitamin C



These travel finds are just some suggestions for traveling today, fighting the virus. Do your due diligence in looking for more ways to prevent the spread of viruses. Keep abreast of all travel alerts in your local area and around the world. These things go hand in hand for traveling today.

Calm and Positive

These are definitely trying times for all travelers. The important thing is that we all remain calm and positive wherever we go. More importantly, be respectful of others as we are all citizens of the world and are all in this situation together. Keep healthy and practice ways to prevent the spread of viruses. When traveling, use the travel finds suggested in this post. Here we are in the year 2020 and this is “Traveling Today, Fighting the Virus”.

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17 Replies to “Traveling Today, Fighting the Virus”

  1. What an exciting time for your family! So many big moments this year! This was such a useful page. These simple directions for staying safe are things that people forget when traveling! When getting ready for traveling, most people prioritize their clothes and belongings. The items you recommended are things I wouldn’t have thought of that are clearly needed with all the virus buzz! Thanks for helping me prepare for travel! 

    1. Thank you! 

      I agree. We are always concerned about other things than our health before, during and after going on vacation or on a business trip. I, too, was surprised to discover these helpful travel finds.

  2. With the new virus spreading now to the United States it is important to keep yourself prepared with travel precautions as ones you have suggested. I travel all over the United States and come close contact with many people even individuals that travel outside of the country. I am also planning on cruise vacation within the next two months, differently going to check out your suggestions for good hygiene. Congratulations on your grandbaby, stay safe. 

  3. Thanks for all the advice you have been giving. I believe that we should not panic about these kinds of situations. I live in the north of Italy. Here the virus has been spreading but I can see that with good precautions things are getting contained. Often having good sense and good information can make the difference between being wise or panicking. Thank you for this article I have found it very useful.
    Wish you the best.

  4. Its good that you are writing about this and you don’t seems to be spreading the paranoia that is around the media right now in my Country of Australia and around the world. In some areas here shops have run out of food especially toilet paper huh!! I am finding this whole thing disturbing. Thank you for just saying the basics which I feel is all we can do right now. Hope you have safe travels and continue to enjoy your life. Many Blessings to you.

  5. Hey,

    I have a few work colleagues who have traveled this week, and they could have really benefited from reading this post and your site. I have forwarded this post onto them, and I have encouraged them to get in touch with you if they have any questions or issues.

    You really go into good detail here, which is needed at this time with the state of the world in panic with the coronavirus.

    Keep posting helpful information on viruses and keep helping others.

    All the best,


  6. Great topic with the flu hitting worldwide right now affecting people all over the world, I learned so much from your article and you are helping so many people with your awesome tips to battle this flu and not spread it to our loved ones.

    You sure don’t look like a granny to me,


  7. Nice post!
    As a healthworker I like your tips. Especially washing your hands. (40 – 60 seconds with soap. )

    Face masks are great too for reducing the chance to be sick, but make sure they go both ways. Some face masks only work one way. in or out.

  8. Thank you for sharing useful tips. Regarding the tips for “keeping healthy”, I am familiar with most tips you provided. But, I was not aware that staying hydrated is one way of being healthy.

    Also, thank you for introducing the difference between a virus and bacteria. You indicated that a virus could reside in bacteria. Probably, many of us consider them very similar. I think I read from “A Short History of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson that the difference between bacteria and virus is bigger than the difference between ant and elephant. It shows that our perception of something can be quite wrong sometimes.

    The phrase “CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19” captured my attention. Almost everyone in Korea is wearing a facial mask these days, and it seems to be an over-reaction to me.

    Thank you for the useful tips, and have a great day.

  9. I want to comment on how wonderful this article explains the issue of the virus and how to take precautions. My favorite part of the article is the end where it explains what attitude we should be taking towards this problem while traveling. That is to remain calm and positive. I live by this, when you are in this mental state, you attract only positive experiences. Any challenges in this state are simply contrast to push us in the right direction.

  10. This is such a great timely post. Thank you for educating us all further about things we can do to increase safety while travelling. I think these suggestions should be taken for travel in general, not just in light of what’s going on in the world right now, so I will definitely be book marking the page for when I travel, and will forward it on to anyone this affects. Thank so much. I have heard that normal antibacterial gel doesn’t actually kill it, as it’s a virus and would be interested to know what your take on that is? Is there’s a better alternative?

    1. I am so glad that you found this post useful.

      From what I have gathered, people should use antibacterial sanitizers with the highest percentage of alcohol in it.

      Lots of handwashing, less touching of your face and staying clear from others who are sick seem to be the key to spreading any viruses.

      Thank you for visiting my site!

  11. Thank you for writing this post! I think that the more we know, the less reason there is to panic. I think all the suggestions you have made are very good. I think, besides common preventive measure like washing hands etc., taking care of you health and strengthening your own immune system are some of the best things you can do.

  12. What a relevant and timely post. I think following your tips will definitely protect people more. I find that the panic comes mostly from ignorant people and the more enlighten they are the better for us all.

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