Travel Etiquette – Water and Food Safety Tips

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Travel Etiquette - Water and Food Safety TipsWhen you are planning to have a road trip, always remember to pack enough water to bring with yourself, or if it is not possible than to know how to handle unknown water sources. As a last resort you can always buy bottled water too, which is not a bad solution but it might be a bit costly and you will have to work out a budget.

Most of the diseases are carried by water, unclean and untreated water. Also, some foods, fruits, and even vegetables can infect you with some kind of illness that can ruin your trip. That is why you should do a bit of research about the water situations where you are headed for.

Choose your meals carefully

It is possible that certain food can be bad and poisonous for you unless you know how to prepare them. Do not try to prepare meals that you are uncertain of, rather stick with what the locals offer and always make sure that you wash everything thoroughly. Eating vegetables and fruits can run a high risk of illnesses as well; the best option is to wash them really well and to peel the skin. Never eat food that is not boiling, this is the only secure way to kill off bacteria and viruses that could pose potential harm.

Only tap water, no problem

If you only have the option to use tap water, never drink water from the tap directly as it might be contaminated. Your best option is to use filters; you can buy all sorts of them for such occasions. They are easy to use, but you have to be careful which type you use; some can and cannot filter out bacteria and viruses.

An alternative to filters would be to use cleaning iodine tablets, they purify water and kill germs. However, it is not advisable to drink such treated water for longer periods of time. They might harm you and cause even severe diseases.
Perhaps the best option you can choose is to do it the old fashioned way, boiling water vigorously for a minute or so is the most effect way to purify water without exposing yourself to any danger or risks.

Hot beverages

In unknown places and if you are uncertain of water contamination, avoid drinking beverages with ice in them. Also, try avoiding foods that are only being rinsed in cold water. Both cases may pose a threat that you do not wish to expose yourself to.
On the other hand, drinking tea, coffee, or any other hot beverage is a good idea because water is being boiled and the risk of drinking contaminated water is low. Alcoholic drinks are usually also safe to drink.

Time for a cure

Most of the water-borne illnesses include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and aches. They will clear up on their own within a few days, however, it is imperative that you stay hydrated during that time. Only drink safe water, either bottle or boiled, so that you help your body fight the illness.

If it is possible, try to use medication as well, but only after you have sought medical counsel. You can never be sure what you have caught, and treating yourself might worsen your condition.

It is safe to drink tap water

Staying in one place for a longer period of time and making sure that the locals are not ill after drinking tap water, with no known illnesses, it is safe to start drinking the water yourself. However, be careful to drink little by little so that your body can get adjusted to the microbes in the water.

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