The Essentials

How to Sanitize Your Luggage

When we start traveling again, we’ll be wearing masks and some of us will wear gloves.

All of us will be carrying some form of antiseptic wipe or antibacterial hand sanitizer. But what about our bags? Our suitcases pass through many hands when we travel.

And you will now need to decontaminate your luggage as well. Start with wiping down the handle — that’s a no-brainer — and the bottom of the bag as well.

And if it’s a hard sided bag, a good outside scrub will work.

But it’s the interior of your bag that is the challenge when it comes to germs and bacteria. Vacuum the inside first, then spray with a disinfectant.

And for future travel, bring along some washable packing cubes. You’ll be more organized as well.