Everyone enjoys road trips and some travelling but nobody wants to be sick on such endeavors. In this short brief, we explore some safety rules to abide by when it comes to eating and drinking safely while travelling.
Travelling can be fun but it can become hell if there is contaminated food or drinks on board. These foods or drinks may cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases, which can disrupt your travel.
Keep reading to learn how to incorporate safer eating and drinking habits to lessen your chances of getting sick when you travel.
One universal rule is to always wash your hands with soap and water before eating or prepping food. If soap and water are not readily available, substitute with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To ensure water is safe to drink, there are several water treatment methods available for those on the road. Some of these methods include boiling, using chemical disinfectants, portable water filtration devices or ultraviolet light.
Below are the best ways to purify your water.
Boiling water is the best way to make water safe to drink. The water should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute.
Chlorine and iodine chemical disinfectants come in many forms that can be easily carried. The chemical disinfectant should be purchased in Canada, if possible.
They may not remove all parasites so the water should also be filtered or boiled to ensure safety.
Iodine containing disinfectants should not be used by children, pregnant women, persons with thyroid problems.
UV light devices are effective when it comes to disinfecting small quantities of clear water. Glit is not so effective in cloudy water because the germs can be shielded from the light by small particles.
Bottled water from a trusted source is a convenient alternative to water purification. Prior to drinking bottled water, ensure the seal has not been tampered and you should be good.