It is not likely that you will get head lice from an airplane seat or hotel room bed. There is one aspect of family vacation, though, that can facilitate the spread of lice.
Not Likely to Get Lice from a Seat on Plane or Hotel Room
The reason for that is that head lice are found primarily where their name suggests: on the head. They do not like to linger on seats or beds or your suitcase as they will starve without human blood (their food source). The chance of getting head lice from a hotel bed, where new sheets are present, is almost zero.
The “Togetherness” Aspect of Family Vacations Does Increase the Chances of Head Lice Transmission
We do see a bump in the incidence of head lice after school holidays and vacation times. The reason for this is the periods of concentrated “togetherness”. Head lice are generally passed along through direct human contact; it, therefore, makes sense that when families go away together, are in smaller quarters, and spend more time together, the chances for head lice transmission increases.
What Can You do to Protect Yourself?
The most important precaution you can take is to check to be sure that there are no signs of lice in anyone’s hair before you go away. Clearly, the best scenario is for all family members to be lice-free before embarking on a voyage. If you miss a case and discover it while away, call LiceDoctors. We are available to make house calls in hotels or homes across the U.S. We will eradicate the lice so you can continue to enjoy your vacation.
If you do not have lice (and want to keep it that way!), then using a protective spray on your hair will help out. Lice like hair that is clean with no product in it as that makes it easier for them to grab hold of the hair. A protective layer over the hair, helps to thwart their efforts to latch into the hair. LiceDoctors has our LiceDoctors Repellent Spray with a peppermint scent which is repugnant to lice (but not for us!).
We are big fans of family and with a few simple precautions, you can travel worry-free of getting head lice. Bon Voyage!