Staying Healthy While Traveling Overseas
Traveling abroad can be a great experience unless you spent the larger part of it bent over your toilet. The difference in diet from city to city, especially if the food isn’t exactly sanitary, can take a heavy toll on your stomach, and overall health. Here are some tips that will help you stay healthy during your trip.
Wash Hands Often
This is a pretty basic tip, but you will be surprised at how often it is overlooked. Get in the habit of washing your hands, both before and after a meal. Carry a travel-sized bar of soap or liquid soap with you. Hand sanitizers can work too, but a good old thorough wash is much more effective.
If you are not used to trying out different cuisines, then it might be better to go easy on yourself, and your stomach, in the start. Initially, only opt for restaurants that are popular among the locals, and seem to follow a certain standard of hygiene. Avoid street food. Once you feel comfortable enough with the local cuisine, then you can be a little more adventurous. Do try the street food, as they are often packed with flavors and offer an experience you don’t want to miss out on. However, avoiding the vendors that have visibly poor standards of hygiene is a good idea. Also, opt for hot food items, as the heat can kill most bacteria.
Drink Clean Water
Water is often the main culprit behind an upset stomach. Make sure you stay hydrated, and that the water you drink is clean. In developing countries, clean water is often an issue. On the plane or train, do not drink water from the tap or take ice in your drink!
Opt for bottled water as much as possible or use a water purifier straw which helps to clear the toxins from your water before drinking it. If you choose to drink bottled water, make sure it is from a reputable company, and that the seal is intact.
Use these tips to help you make the most of your trip, without worrying about getting sick. After all, the best way to experience a new culture is through their cuisine!