Hand sanitizer will be your best friend
Think of all the things you touch when traveling…hand rails, elevator buttons, door handles, and that doesn’t even include all the new people you will meet and hands you will shake. Before departing, make sure you are well stocked up on hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray, as you’ll be coming in contact with loads of germs. While some sort of sanitizer can be found in most countries worldwide, it’s often at higher price points compared to those found in the United States. “Use on hands prior to eating and after being in crowds,” advises Sowards. And with all the recent norovirus outbreaks, the most common gastrointestinal bug that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, spreading on cruise ships in the past few years, you can never be too careful. Here’s an updated list, from the CDC, of the cruise lines that experienced norovirus outbreaks, and these are some tips that can protect you from the norovirus.