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How to Avoid Food Poisoning When You Travel

Billie Cohen | January 22, 2016

Part of the fun of travel is trying a ton of new foods. But if you eat the wrong thing…well, then the trip becomes no fun at all.

Luckily, it’s reasonably easy to avoid food poisoning in developing countries, as Wendy outlined in her recent TripAdvisor blog post.

Here are a few of the basics:

1. Keep your hands clean
Wash with soap and water right before eating, and carry antiseptic wipes.

2. Stick to bottled or sterilized water
Drink bottled water—and make sure the bottle is properly sealed. Avoid ice unless you can confirm it came from a bottle or was purified. And don’t brush your teeth with tap water (or shower water). Bring your own water purification tablets too.

3. Eat smart
Avoid seafood, buffets of food that has been out for a long time, and fruits or vegetables that might have been washed in contaminated water or touched by unwashed hands. (Instead, stick to bananas and other fruits you peel yourself). Don’t be afraid to try street food, as long as you look for dishes that are boiled or steamed in front of you and served piping hot.

 

What are your best tips for staying healthy while traveling?

 

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