10 Eating & Drinking Tips While Traveling
Diseases from food and water are the leading cause of illness in travelers.
Follow these tips for safe eating and drinking
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
- In areas where water is contaminated, travelers should not brush their teeth with tap water.
- Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles.
- Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.
- Water on the surface of a beverage can or bottle may also be contaminated. Therefore, the area of a can or bottle that will touch the mouth should be wiped clean & dry.
- Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
- Make sure food is fully cooked.
- Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.
- Some fish are not guaranteed to be safe even when cooked because of the presence of toxins in their flesh.
- Infants younger than 6 months should either be breast-fed or be given powdered commercial formula prepared with boiled water.
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