How To Avoid Food Poisoning While Travelling

This post is brought to you by Claire Penny of Brillopak.

Food poisoning is always unpleasant, but it can be especially annoying when you are travelling to another city or country. Nothing can ruin a vacation more than nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Prevent ruined plans and cancelled activities by following these steps to avoid food poisoning while travelling:

1. Boost your immune system weeks before your trip.

Load up on fruits and vegetables, get enough sleep and exercise, and take vitamins so that you won’t get sick easily while travelling. You should also take some probiotic dietary supplements to help fight the “bad bacteria” found in food.

2. Pack emergency food.

Always bring along prepackaged food like nuts, biscuits, and cereal when on the road. You can munch on them when dining options are limited.

3. Prepare a medicine kit.

Before you leave, consult your doctor and stock up on medicine that can help you treat food poisoning. This way, you wouldn’t have to run to the pharmacy — and even deal with a language barrier — when you are feeling unwell.

4. Keep a close eye on what you drink.

Make sure that the seals of bottled waters are intact when you buy them. Be cautious of ice because it may be made with tap water. Furthermore, bring water purification tablets when you go on hikes. You should also use bottled water when you brush your teeth.

5. Pay attention to how the food you eat is prepared. 

Food that is improperly cooked retains bacteria that cause food poisoning. Avoid dishes that are warmed up after cooking. Instead, opt for freshly made food. If you’re travelling in a group, you may also ask your tour guide about how your food is made to be safe.

6. Avoid uncooked food.

Uncooked food, especially fish and shellfish, is one of the leading causes of food poisoning. This is because cool temperatures support the growth of germs. When choosing dishes, go for items that are steaming hot to make sure that they are bacteria-free and fresh.

7. Be cautious of dairy products.

If you want to drink milk, make sure that it is boiled. You should also avoid buying ice cream from unknown sellers and street vendors. If it is not chilled properly, it can make you sick.

8. Eat where the locals eat.

Ask the locals for dining suggestions. This would give you a chance to experience their culture, and help you find the healthiest and safest eateries in the area. Moreover, well-visited restaurants and cafes are usually known for serving the freshest dishes.

9. Eat small portions.

Your body needs to adjust to new dishes and cooking methods, so when sampling new cuisines, it is better to eat small amounts first. You may increase the portions on the following days. This would minimize the effect of food poisoning, if ever the food you’ve consumed was tainted.

10. Wash your hands thoroughly.

While travelling, you may pick up germs and bacteria from your environment. Before touching your food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You should also always bring alcohol-based sanitizer and wet wipes for extra measure.

Author Bio Section:

Claire works in the marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality, small footprint robotic packing, automatic packing machine and palletising machine manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.

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7 thoughts on “How To Avoid Food Poisoning While Travelling

    • I’ve never had food related problems when travelling, and after Claire’s tips it’s highly unlikely I’ll have problems in the future 🙂 I’m glad you liked the post, Pushpendra.

  1. In Morocco I never got food poisoned even though there were times when I ate in really dirty places. I guess I was lucky. The only problem I had was in the beginning with the tap water because it was giving me stomachache but after a while my body got used to it

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