Traveling outside of your home country often brings about one fear in everyone: food poisoning or traveler’s illness.
You may think simply drinking bottled water will safeguard you from these unpleasant side effects, but this is only the beginning of the precautions you should take! Up to 70% of travelers experience the uncomfortable effects of digestive issues from eating contaminated foods, including diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
3 Simple Ways to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling
1. Limit Germs!
If you aren’t a certified germaphobe, you’ll want to become one while traveling. Carry antibacterial wipes on planes to wipe down your sitting area (and bathroom, when you use it), and re-apply hand sanitizer consistently. Wash your hands often, and avoid sharing any lip balms, utensils, beverages, etc. with anyone you’re with. Splitting a coffee or borrowing your friends lipstick may be second nature, but others may not be as conscientious as you.
2. Be Careful of Food & Water Contamination
Relying on your gentle stomach, accustomed to your local foods and environment, is a surefire way to ensure you get food poisoning. This should go without saying, but be wary of possibly unsafe tap water! Avoid contamination from water by foregoing ice in your drink, as well as brushing your teeth and washing fruits and veggies with boiled or bottled water. High-risk foods to stay away from include (but are not limited to):
- raw and peeled fruits and vegetables
- green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce
- raw, rare or undercooked meats
- seafood, particularly raw or inadequately cooked shellfish or fish
- unpasteurized dairy foods, including milk
- food from street vendors
- any hot food that has been left long enough to cool
- food buffets
Basically anything that isn’t cooked and immediately served to you piping hot is dicey. But of course, you’ll want to try new foods in new places! By being preventative and taking Travelan before every meal (more frequently if you’re snacking often), you can ensure you’ll be safe from spending the entirety of your vacation in the bathroom. 9 out of 10 people found Travelan effective in maintaining their digestive health, and many have even had success reducing side effects and the severity of symptoms by taking it after getting sick.
Travelan is an over the counter gluten free supplement that is formulated to be high in antibodies which helps maintain digestive health while traveling. Travelan is not an antibiotic and is available in easy to digest caplet form.
We all have those stories where we’ve spent some or all of our vacation near a toilet because of either food or water contamination. I know I personally let my guard down many times (in places like Mexico, Nepal, the Caribbean and SE Asia) when it comes to brushing my teeth with tap water, eating uncooked vegetables, and partaking in a few blended drinks. This is why it’s so important to take Travelan before and during your trip, rather than waiting for the inevitable.
3. Boost Your Immunity
Improving your body’s immune system is one way to combat illness before your plane even takes flight. Get plenty of sleep before your trip, eat fermented foods like pickles and yogurt with lots of natural probiotics, and get your fill of preventative supplements. Incorporating Travelan into your vacation strengthens and increases antibodies that combat against E. coli and other common traveler’s diarrhea culprits. Clinical trials conducted in Europe and USA showed up to 90% protection against infection of the most common E. coli types that cause traveler’s diarrhea.