25 Ways to Single Out an American Anywhere in the World

They’re obsessed with hand sanitizer.

For whatever reason, Americans tend to have more preoccupation with germs than citizens of other countries and are quick to pull out the Purell at a moment’s notice. Check in almost any American traveler’s fanny pack and you’ll undoubtedly find a tiny bottle or two of the stuff.

Americans are stereotypically a cleaner group of people—showering religiously, never going without deodorant, and slathering on the creams, lotions, and perfumes. Whether it actually protects the user from global germs or just acts as a false sense of security, Americans aren’t soon to give up their hand sanitizer. They are willing to share though.

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