One of the best parts of traveling is the chance to try a variety of different styles and tastes of food. It can also be the worst thing when your stomach rolls over and you are away from home at the mercy of a foreign bed or worst yet sleeping bag. There are some good advice and tips out there to allow you to enjoy foreign foods but do it with a minimal chance of getting sick.
Avoid Fruits that do not Have to be Peeled
While your first thought is to grab fresh foods such as vegetables and fruits, this tends to be the first way to get sick. Lettuce is extremely hard to clean well at restaurants unless it has been cooked first. Fruits also tend to not be cleaned as well as they should, so avoid ones that do not have to be peeled. Fruits such as oranges or bananas are good ones to pick up and eat however cooking any of them in some fashion is the best choice and is highly advisable. Also only drink from bottled products, these typically have a much higher standard than most other drinks from reputable companies.
Avoid Food that may be Holding for a Few Days
If you want to eat “street” food which is found at vendors around busy areas of high tourist areas, talk with locals and look for busy vendors. These tend to have a high turnover rate meaning their food comes in daily and you can be sure you’re not getting leftovers. Slower vendors may be holding food for a few days to help save money.
Bring some Stomach Settling Medication
If you are still worried about food poisoning, try and bring some stomach settling medication. But only use it as a last resort as they may trigger other side effects that can make your trip worse. As long as you use common sense and are a bit “picky” when choosing food, you should be able to enjoy a new taste of food and not have it ruin your vacation!