Traveling outside of your home country often brings about one fear in everyone: food poisoning or traveler’s illness.

You may think simply drinking bottled water will safeguard you from these unpleasant side effects, but this is only the beginning of the precautions you should take! Up to 70% of travelers experience the uncomfortable effects of digestive issues from eating contaminated foods, including diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling


1. Limit Germs!

If you aren’t a certified germaphobe, you’ll want to become one while traveling. Carry antibacterial wipes on planes to wipe down your sitting area (and bathroom, when you use it), and re-apply hand sanitizer consistently. Wash your hands often, and avoid sharing any lip balms, utensils, beverages, etc. with anyone you’re with. Splitting a coffee or borrowing your friends lipstick may be second nature, but others may not be as conscientious as you.

2. Be Careful of Food & Water Contamination

Relying on your gentle stomach, accustomed to your local foods and environment, is a surefire way to ensure you get food poisoning. This should go without saying, but be wary of possibly unsafe tap water! Avoid contamination from water by foregoing ice in your drink, as well as brushing your teeth and washing fruits and veggies with boiled or bottled water. High-risk foods to stay away from include (but are not limited to):

  • raw and peeled fruits and vegetables
  • green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce
  • raw, rare or undercooked meats
  • seafood, particularly raw or inadequately cooked shellfish or fish
  • unpasteurized dairy foods, including milk
  • food from street vendors
  • any hot food that has been left long enough to cool
  • food buffets

Basically anything that isn’t cooked and immediately served to you piping hot is dicey.

3. Boost Your Immunity

Improving your body’s immune system is one way to combat illness before your plane even takes flight. Get plenty of sleep before your trip, eat fermented foods like pickles and yogurt with lots of natural probiotics, and get your fill of preventative supplements.

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