With school holidays just around the corner, road trips are back on the agenda for many people around Australia.
Road trips and travel always pose an increased risk of catching germs and bugs as we are exposed to closer contact with others and having to use more public amenities. Keeping your family healthy and safe so that you can enjoy your holiday and so that you don’t bring home any nasty bugs is easy with our road trip planner.
Sit don’t squat!
Do you hover or squat over public toilets when peeing?
Many people have concerns about sitting on public toilets as they are worried about what germs may be left on the seat from other users. In 2013 MOJO Concepts did a survey of 655 Australian women and found that 50% hovered when using public toilets and 40% would only sit on a public toilet if it was covered with toilet paper or a toilet seat cover.
Road trips are back on the agenda for many people around Australia now that restrictions are easing and they provide an easy way to take a much needed break during what has been a challenging year.
Staying well while travelling
Some people might be worried about travelling during the holidays and how they’ll stay safe. Keep these tips in mind for safe, healthy travelling:
Hands up if you know what it feels like to be desperately searching for a public toilet when nature calls? We have all been there and it’s not pleasant, especially if you’re on a long road trip or you are mid-shop and searching for a baby change room because your little angel has just had a nasty poonami all over their clothes!
Well, you will never be caught out again thanks to an Australian National Public Toilet Map that helps you search for your closest public toilet.
My name is Caroline Mortlock and I am the creator and owner of TUSHON Premium Toilet Seat Covers.
I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands NSW and I am a mum to three energetic kids, four crazy fur babies, and the wife of former Australian Rugby Captain - Stirling Mortlock (who may be the biggest kid of them all).
I created TUSHON because I really dislike public toilets and I wanted to provide the best protection for my family and for people who share the same concerns about germs. Whether you’re a mum who wants to completely cover the seat to protect your toddler, or you have a medical condition that makes using public toilets difficult, TUSHON was created to help you feel prepared, comfortable and protected when you put your “tush on” ANY public toilet seat.
It's easy to make your safety a priority when using public toilets and protect yourself against getting sick.
Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of 41 confirmed cases of viral severe acute respiratory syndrome in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in the People’s Republic of China on January 12th 2020, our lives haven’t been the same.
Since then we have learnt many worrying facts about transmission from those that are studying it internationally, but this information is important in helping us understand how we can protect ourselves and reduce our chances of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 which leads to the clinical disease state known as COVID-19.
Who last sat in your seat before you got on your flight?
Travellers world wide are anxious about travel and health safety with the current threat of Coronavirus or COVID19, but with good hygiene products and practices, you can set off on your trip knowing that you have control over your hygiene and give yourself the best chance at staying healthy while travelling.
Most would agree that having to use a public toilet is something we have to do quite often, if not daily. Would we rather just go at home? Well obviously, but that’s not always possible.
When you do have to use one, you usually enter without thinking about how much you really hate to use them. Until of course you get a peek at the state of the toilets and all those bits of toilet paper lying on the floor, wet spots and dirty marks on the toilet seat.
With the cooler months approaching and flu season knocking at your door there are some easy ways to help your family stay healthy this year.
Did you know the Influenza Virus can survive on a nonporous surface for 24-48 hours and Rhinovirus (the common cold) can survive up to 7 days? Noroviruses (the most common cause of gastroenteritis – hello diarrhoea and vomiting) can survive up to 12 days on surfaces such as carpets according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
So with that in mind what are the best ways to help prevent illness?
Do you have travel plans these holidays? Plan ahead and be prepared so that your holiday is stress free, healthy and super organised so you can enjoy your long anticipated trip.
We all know how easy it is to get sick when travelling. Public transport is riddled with lots of germs and viruses due to the high use of surfaces and limited hygiene opportunities for travellers. Surfaces used frequently by the public like seat belts, toilets, buttons and touch screens provide an easy opportunity for germs to be transferred. The last thing you want when trying to enjoy your trip is a family gastro outbreak or the flu.
There comes a time in every new mums life when you finally join a mothers group. If you are lucky you all start at the same time, allowing new bonds to form naturally with an equal amount of anxiety shared amongst the group.
Now, some mums stress about how beautiful every other mums house is, how tidy it was, and what fantastic toys every other child seems to have. But no, these were not the things that filled my mind with dread.