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- Traveler's diarrhea and other intestinal infections can affect any traveler.
- While it may be tempting, pass on the street food (especially if there is no line for the vendor - this tells you that locals know not to eat there).
- Boil, cook, and/or peel foods purchased.
- Only eat raw vegetables if they were washed well with clean, hot water.
- Always wash your hands with soap before eating, or use hand sanitizer.
- If you have a food allergy, always ask the cook or person prepping the food if it contains any of your allergens – especially if you are allergic to peanuts, pine nuts, certain spices, and shellfish.
- Drink bottled water. Check the bottle for signs of tampering before drinking, including under the label, the lid, and the bottom of the bottle.
- Clean bottles or cans before opening and if they are stored in ice.
- Do not use ice in drinks, as ice may not have been made with clean drinking water.
- Use safe water for brushing teeth and cleaning fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t drink water from rivers or open wells, unless using an iodine resin water purifier.
- For more information on portable water filters, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- It is important to maintain healthy nutrition while traveling. Unhealthy choices can lead to health problems and decreased energy.
- Eat breakfast every day.
- Choose healthy options and foods you are more accustomed to eating.
- Try to limit the indulgence in high calorie/sweet foods to once a day.
- If you are going to be museum-hopping or sightseeing for long periods at a time, pack a bag with extra water and healthy snacks.