Mika Manninen, CEO of Hälsa Foods, has taken 41 flights, rented a car 25 times, and spent 171 nights in a hotel during COVID-19.
Mika shares his tips for safe travel below. “You can ease your anxiety by prepping well and by doing everything you can to minimize your risk of getting infected. Remember to also boost your immunity by eating foods with pre- and probiotics. I have a perfect yogurt for that, and it’s called Hälsa.”
Wipe the belt and the belt buckle.
Wipe the headrest.
Wipe the air and light knobs.
AT THE AIRPORT
Pack masks, gloves, hand-sanitizing wipes, and gel all in separate ziplock bags with your carry-on.
Wear clothes that cover as much of your skin as possible, minimizing your exposure to surfaces.
Before entering the airport, put three pairs of plastic gloves on top of each other. It’s easier to peel of layers of gloves than to stop and change them.
As you go through the airport, you will touch many surfaces, like the luggage cart, elevator button, and escalator railing. Peel off a layer of gloves as you go, especially after using a public bathroom and after exiting security. Also change your mask every time you visit a bathroom.
Don’t use your phone as a ticket. Use a paper ticket. Hundreds of passengers put their phones down on the same surfaces at security and the gate.
Make sure to get your daily pre- and probiotics. Hälsa oatmilk yogurt is perfect for that.
ON THE PLANE
Airlines are circulating the air on planes more thoroughly during Covid-19. This makes the air fresher but colder, so dress warmly. The extra air conditioning is also noisier, you may want to bring a noise-cancelling headset along.
After taking your seat, with your gloves on, use sanitizing wipes to clean everything you’ll touch: hand rests, tray, TV and remote, seatbelt, and seatbelt buckles on both sides.
Remember to wipe the overhead air and light nobs, the handle on the pull-down window cover, and the headrest where your neck and head touch.
On long flights, change masks every three to four hours.
If you need to use the bathroom, slip on a fresh pair of gloves and use a paper towel between your hand and every surface your hand touches.
Open all the doors to air out the vehicle while you clean it.
Wipe down everything you will touch when driving, including the seats, seat-adjusting handles, keys, steering wheel, radio, and anything in the back that passengers may grab.
Book a room with a window that opens.
Remember to also wipe the privacy sign.
Housekeeping will bring you fresh towels.
AT THE HOTEL
If possible, book a room with a balcony or windows that open, even if only a few inches. The more fresh air, the better.
Before you unpack or touch anything, wipe down all handles, surfaces, and light switches you may touch during your stay. Include the headboard, remote, tables, and everything you might touch in the bathroom.
Remember to also wipe the privacy door hanger, something every hotel guest touches.
Even if you don’t plan to use the hotel phone, clean it in case reception calls and you end up answering.
Decline housekeeping until you really need it. If housekeeping cleans your room, you’ll have to wipe everything down again. Leave trash and used towels outside your room for pickup and ask for fresh towels to be delivered when needed.