Top 10 Tips for Scent-Sensitive Travelers

Available for Interviews:  Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, advocate, and journalist. He writes six weekly columns about customer service, with a special emphasis on travel and technology. His work reaches more than 10 million readers a week. You
have likely read his work in USA Today or Forbes.

What Travel Expert and Consumer Advocate, Christopher Elliot,
could say about Coping with symptom-triggering chemicals:

“On the one hand, they could catch COVID; on the other, they might have an asthmatic attack or allergic reaction to the strong cleaners used obsessively to disinfect surfaces.”  –Chris Elliott

In my latest blog at I’ll help scent-sensitive travelers prepare and cope with potent products that may irritate or cause physical problems for them.

Some helpful travel tips for scent-sensitive travelers:
  1. Reach out ahead of time to the hotel, airline, or place where you think you run the risk of long-standing exposure to find out what disinfecting products are used.
  2. When renting a car keeping the windows down and the air conditioning running on high could help dissipate harsh odors.
  3. Consider carrying a portable air purifier when you travel.
  4. Wear a mask that can filter out the cleaning chemicals.
  5. Pack medications and inhalers, just in case a company overdoes it on the solvents.
  6. Wipe surfaces that have been cleaned with harsh chemicals, such as arm rests and tray tables, with non-toxic wipes.
  7. Frequent hand washing can help to quickly get harsh chemicals off of your skin and minimize your exposure.
  8. Steer clear of cleaning crews in places like an airport restrooms, if you have an aversion to strong odors.
  9. Avoid recently disinfected areas, in general.
  10. Sometimes the best solution for the most scent-sensitive travelers is to stay home and avoid traveling altogether.

Read Christopher Elliott’s full story here:

Scent-Sensitive Travelers

Always be cautious when traveling as travel companies have obsessively cleaned their cars, rooms, and seats.


Interview: Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott, author of two books which are practical guides that help people make smarter purchases: How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic) and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley). He founded two nonprofit organizations for consumers. Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. helps readers through direct advocacy, journalism on an ad-free website and maintaining the largest database of executive contact information on the Internet. He also co-founded Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that works in Washington to help travelers. Elliott also writes six weekly columns that have a combined reach of 10 million readers, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes, and his articles can be seen in newspapers and magazines across the country.

In addition to being a nationally-recognized expert on customer service, Elliott is an inveterate traveler. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, and scuba diving. His weekly family travel column for USA Today chronicles his never-ending journey around the world with his three children. Elliott is based in Prescott, Arizona.


Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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