With vacation season coming our way—especially in the U.S, (where people only take an average of 16.2 Days off a year)Europe and Aisa, where —getting sick while traveling can be an incredibly frustrating experience.
No one wants to lose half their vacation lying in bed. The best solution for travel illnesses is preventing it from even starting. With that in mind, we’ll talk about several ways to you can get infected while traveling; dodge, shun and do all you can to avoid them, and you will feel like a champ on your next trip.
Guzzle a Lot of Tap Water
Most tap water is perfectly fine to drink—if you are a local. For travelers, but, the bacteria found in tap water around the world varies considerably, and your belly biome may not stand up well to the local bacteria, even if you like the locals themselves.
The best way here is to buy and drink bottled water only; in most cases, bottled water has been filtered sufficiently not to cause trouble even for weaker stomachs. Beware, however, businesses that reuse old water bottles by filling them at the tap water. You should probably open your new water bottle yourself to be sure that there is nothing wrong with it.s
And don’t forget that ice cubes are generally produced from tap water; this is an easy one to remember. Unless you know the ice was made with bottled or disinfected water, skip it.
It may be obvious, but this tip often applies to international travel; water standards during most of the U.S. allow you to disregard this advice stateside (as well as in Western Europe and Canada, and other developed countries).
If you Eat Food Washed in Tap Water
Similarly, if you eat food that was rinsed washed in tap water (or worse, such as in a washing bowl or skin filled with water in which other food was also removed), you are at risk to the same bacteria as if you guzzled the water down yourself. This tends to occur most commonly with foods like lettuce, onions and other vegetables that come from the ground, need washing and are generally served raw.
Rummage Around in the seatback Pockets
Airplanes are particularly filthy, and they’re dressed far less frequently than you might think; assuredly there is no deep cleaning going on during the short period of reboarding or deboarding that goes on at most airline gates. While it recommended checking out the emergency information at the start of your flight, avoid too much seeking around in the seatback pocket if you can assist it.
The same goes for pretty much all covers on the plane (and in the airport waiting areas and showers, bathroom, etc.), but the seatback pockets seem to be particularly tricky areas. Some tourist quickly comes and wipe down everything around their seat with an ethanol wipe, which can be overdoing it a bit, but it won’t hurt. If you aren’t comfortable with that, attempt to keep your hands from touching your face until after you have had a chance to wash and clean yourself after your flight.
Drink from Unwrapped or Unclean Cups and Glasses in Hotel Rooms
By now most people have seen the hotel sanitation reveals where the cleaning staff only wipes out a used glass with a towel, or, even worse, sprinkles some agent in a glass, cleans it with a dirty rag and puts it back on the counter. Bacteria, pathogens, composites, or leftover toothpaste are all terrible for you. The best thing you can do here: If the glass is not wrapped in a sealed plastic bag, `wash it yourself using boiling water, or do not apply for anything
Don’t Hydrate, Especially While Flying
Your body requires water to do mostly everything, and hydration becomes more critical when you are exhausted, run down and under assault by germs. Dehydration not only causes you to become more vulnerable to invading microbes (occasionally in unexpected ways), but also makes it difficult for you to heal and recover once you have already been infected in some way.
You should also remember that liquids like coffee and alcohol do not provide the choices for hydration. They are not bad —the hydration effect of coffee is a net positive, for instance—but they are not going to get the help rid you of dehydration.
Alter Your Diet Radically
Eating and drinking similar diets as the locals can be a significant and satisfying part of foreign travels, and to not do this would be completely unacceptable;e for many travelers. But changing up your diet too significantly can tumble all but the most robust constitutions; for instance, if you eat mostly vegetables and fruit at home, starting to eat barbecue or other meats throughout the day is probably not a great idea. You can and should eat some of the local foods, but maybe have a meal or two each day that is in the constitution to your diet at home.
As you spend more time in an area, you soon begin to gradually change your eating habits to be similar to the locals around the clock, but we suggest giving your stomach a couple of days to get ready.
Eat at a Deserted Restaurant
Spoiled or tainted food can disable travelers for a few days, or worse; a good indicator of the freshness and edibility at any particular restaurant is how many customers are eating there and how numerous are the locals. Establishments supported by the many people and by the locals are less prone to have a reputation for contaminated food. Even if the flora varies a bit from that at home, the fact that many people are eating the food is typically always a good sign (and higher turnover indicates the food is probably fresher too).
Don’t eat Peeled or Boil Food
This is an old traveler’s guideline; when in doubt, eat only food that is either peeled or boiled. Germs will be destroyed pretty much entirely by cooking, and bacteria can’t get into diet that has a peelable skin in most circumstances.
You end up drinking a lot of coffee caffeine
Jet lag, the options of great local coffee and a bit of extra leisure time to savor a refill can lure travelers into increasing their coffee consumption. Your stomach may not agree with you; significant additions in your daily caffeine consumption can produce some hours just when you don’t like it. Keep your caffeine consumption within the range of your regular levels at home to avoid issues.