When traveling you can come across unexpected damgers like poorly handed food, contaminted water, and insects that carry diseases. The following tips can help keep you safe while traveling.
- Do not drink tap water.
- Drink bottled water or water that was boiled for 3 mins.
- Brush your teeth with bottled water
- Make sure the bottled water is from a reputable source
- Cooked foods are the best foods
- No fresh cut fruits or raw vegetables if going to Asia, Africa, South America, and parts of Europe and Australia. Fruits should have a peel on them such as banana, oranges, pineapple. All vegetables should be cooked.
- Make sure milk, yogurt, and ice cream say “pasteurized” on the label
- No raw fish
- Stay away from street vendors
- Eat hot foods hot and cold foods cold
- Insects carry a variety of diseases from malaria, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis so insect repellent is extremely important
- 15% DEET repellant is preferred, make sure to apply in areas where veins and arteries are easy to access such as wrists, neck, behind the knees, ankles.
- Cover up, wear long pants and full sleeve shirts when possible, applying deet repellent only to exposed areas such as wrists and neck