Travel Medicine - Diet While Traveling

When you travel, how do you decide what is safe to eat or drink? What types of food or beverages do you avoid?

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What is safe to eat and drink while traveling?

  • The first line of defense against illness at home and abroad is good hand hygiene. Wash hands with soap and uncontaminated water. If water quality is unknown, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol often and before eating or drinking.
  • In general, it is best not to drink tap water in a developing country.
  • Boiled water and drinks made from boiled water (tea) are usually safe.
  • Carbonated bottled water or sodas are usually safe. Uncarbonated bottled water may be safe, but even bottled water may be filled up from the local tap water source.
  • Iodine tablets or commercially available water filters may be used to purify water when camping.
  • Ice (including flavored shaved ice or popsicles) is not safe in areas where the water supply may be contaminated. Make ice from disinfected or bottled, sealed water.
  • Alcohol (beer, wine) is usually safe.
  • Fruits and vegetables washed in contaminated water may have a residue of bacteria. In general, wash in clean water and peel them yourself.
  • Hot, well-cooked foods are usually safe. Avoid runny eggs.
  • Avoid street vendor food.
  • Avoid salsas and salads made with raw ingredients.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Spices do not kill bacteria. Food can be so spicy that it burns your mouth and still cause traveler's diarrhea or more serious diseases.
  • Foods that put the traveler at high risk for infection include undercooked meat or seafood and bush meat (wild game such as bats, monkeys, other jungle game).
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