Travel time – illness time?
Expectation: Discovering foreign countries and cultures, lying in the sun, swimming in the sea, or admiring beautiful sights.
Reality: Lying in bed with fever, chills, and a cold.
Sounds familiar? It’s not surprising. Numbers from Germany reveal that in 2021, 6% of Germans fell ill during their holidays. The most common reason for this was a cold (41%), but gastrointestinal infections are also among the typical holiday diseases .
Germs are to blame for infections during or after your holiday. Especially when travelling to foreign countries, we come into contact with viruses and bacteria our immune system is not familiar with and cannot fight off as effectively. Temperatures in which germs feel particularly comfortable and sub-standard hygiene conditions do the rest.
10 tips for preventing infections when travelling
Wash hands thoroughly
Disinfect your hands
Protect yourself against insects
Surface disinfection can be useful
“Cook it, boil it, peel it, or forget it!”
Beware of tap water
Hands off wild animals
Keep flies away from food
Pack a first-aid kit
The right travel companions for your holiday
Sterillium® Protect & Care
As you can see, hand hygiene is our number one tip for a safe and healthy holiday. Therefore, four products from our Sterillium® Protect & Care family should not be missing in your travel bags:
- Sterillium® Protect & Care Disinfectant Gel Hands*: Our comprehensively effective hand disinfectant gel with moisturising care components. Acts quickly against bacteria, fungi, and enveloped viruses as well as norovirus and rotavirus. It is ideally suited for hand hygiene "on the go".
- Sterillium® Protect & Care Wash Lotion Hands: Our mild yet nourishing wash lotion for gentle hand washing. Cleanses thoroughly while being gentle on the skin – ideal for regular use.
- Sterillium® Protect & Care Disinfection Tissues Hands*: Our practical disinfection wipes for hands. Removes 99.99% of germs, fits in any pocket, and can be used anywhere.
- Sterillium® Protect & Care Disinfection Tissues Surface *:
Our material-friendly rapid disinfection wipes for disinfecting sensitive surfaces. In a handy flowpack, ideal for at home and on the go.
 Forsa survey / DAK Health Holiday Report 2021
https://www.dak.de/dak/download/forsa-umfrage-2475862.pdf (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Gorbach, S.L., et al. Travelers' diarrhea. NIH Consensus Development Conference. JAMA. 1985 May 10;253(18):2700-4.
 Epidemiological Bulletin / Recommendations by the Ständige Impfkommission (STIKO) and the German Society for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Global Health e.V. (DTG) on Travel Vaccinations
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/EpidBull/Archiv/2022/Ausgaben/14_22.pdf?__blob=publicationFile (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Ärzteblatt.de / Insect protection: How to reduce the risk of being bitten
https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/143452 (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Centre for Travel Medicine / Infection risks in the Mediterranean region
https://www.crm.de/mittelmeer/Mittelmeer.pdf (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Foreign Office / Disease prevention and hygiene abroad (esp. tropics)
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/blob/200228/e18cc851b965d63c301f23feb90d0698/hygieneausland-data.pdf (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Infektionsschutz.de / Hygiene and animals
https://www.infektionsschutz.de/hygienetipps/hygiene-und-tiere/ (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
 Foreign Office / The importance of disease-carrying insects
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/blob/200048/9dc801cfb5ca1b1ba10cc10f5a35a8e2/garms-data.pdf (retrieved on: 04.05.2022)
*Use disinfectants safely.
Always read label and product information before use.