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Stay Healthy: Be a "clean freak"

Channel your inner Howard Hughes and wipe your hands often with antibacterial wipes or sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol, the minimum that will kill most germs on contact. It doesn’t hurt to also sanitize your environment, whether it’s your hotel room, airplane tray table, or the back seat of a taxi. (Just consider how many people touch the plasma TV screens installed in many cabs these days.) After checking into a hotel room, swipe surfaces such as remote controls, telephone cradles, doorknobs, and light switches. Remember that those pretty throw pillows and comforter covers on the guest bed are not always changed or washed regularly. On many airlines, the same is true of standard-issue blankets and headrest covers.

T+L Recommends: JetBlue sells a fleece throw and neck pillow combo for $7 on most routes. It’s worth every cent, and you get to keep them.

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