Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning on Vacation

At this time of year, trips abroad are very common, especially to distant and exotic destinations. Tasting the gastronomy of the place we visit is one more part of the adventure to get to know the culture of the country.

However, during the holidays we can have the bad luck that our stomach suffers well due to the lack of hygiene or that we have eaten too much of a food. There are several reasons why food can play tricks on us on a trip abroad, so in the next post we will give you some useful tips to avoid the dreaded food poisoning.

Bottled water

We must bear in mind when we travel to another country, especially in the African and Asian continents, is not to drink tap water as it may have bacteria. Neither wash your hands with it, nor cook food or drink soft drinks with ice that we do not know where it comes from. Even brushing your teeth can be risky.

That is why it is important to get used to using bottled water both for hydration and for our personal hygiene.

Normally, it is in Africa, Asia and Latin America where there is the greatest danger of being poisoned by drinking tap water, although in some European countries this possibility can also be given.

Raw food

In relation to the previous point, another of the precautions that must be taken into account when traveling abroad is to avoid consuming raw foods such as vegetables, fruits, juices or cold creams since there are more possibilities that they contain bacteria.

If we eat uncooked food in countries where the water is polluted, then we have a high chance of being poisoned and ruining our holidays. It will be useless to drink bottled water if we eat fresh salads.

That is why you have to be cautious and eat cooked food to kill the bacteria it may contain. The same happens with fish and meat. We must ensure that they are well made and not raw.

Street food

During a trip abroad it is very difficult to resist the charm of street food as it is usually one of the tastiest and most fun ways to get to know the local gastronomy and deep down its culture.

Unfortunately, in some cases it is also the simplest way to end up getting food poisoning. In some countries, street food stalls do not follow the same sanitary regulations as restaurants and you will always have the doubt of how healthy the food is sold there.

In any case, if there are no other alternatives in the surroundings to choose from or you cannot resist trying street food, it is best to ask them to cook the food in front of you and eat it while it is still hot.

What are the most common bacteria?

Salmonella, E. coli, shigellosis or norovirus are the most common bacteria that can cause us discomfort and even fever, vomiting and diarrhea. However, the most typical of all of them is salmonella, which is caused by eating contaminated foods of animal origin such as chicken, eggs, veal, etc. These bacteria develop more easily in foods exposed to high temperatures, so you have to be cautious and do not eat those foods that may seem to be subjected to many degrees.


The reaction of each person's body to food from other countries is very personal. However, not only food and drink influence our health. The simple fact of traveling and leaving our environment can affect intestinal transit causing constipation or diarrhea.

For this reason, it never hurts to carry medications that help us to have good digestion, protect the stomach, control nausea and promote transit when necessary.

If these medicines do not help us, we may find ourselves facing something more serious, so when in doubt, going to the doctor is the most advisable thing to do.

As you can see, these are tips in which common sense prevails. It is not about not eating a bite during a vacation abroad or traveling with an extra suitcase turned into a first-aid kit, but about being cautious to avoid having a bad time that spoils our fun.

Has something similar ever happened to you? What advice would you give other travelers about it? You can leave your experiences in the comment box.

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