Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling Albemarle NC

Be sensible about what you put in your stomach and save yourself from unwanted tummy troubles with some adventure travel advices.

Outback Sports
(704) 982-7586
749 Nc 24 27 Byp E
Albemarle, NC
 
Hibbett Sports
(704) 983-1847
814-4 Nc 27-27 Byp E
Albemarle, NC
 
Jensen Activewear
(704) 982-3005
703 Concord Rd
Albemarle, NC
 
Browns Wholesale Sporting Goods
(704) 463-1476
36488 Nc 8 49 Hwy
New London, NC
 
Eldorado Outpost
(910) 572-3474
4021 Nc Highway 109 N
Troy, NC
 
Vac & Dash
(704) 983-3274
231 W Main St
Albemarle, NC
 
Tillery Sportsman Store
(704) 983-4707
48130 Nc 24 27 73 Hwy
Albemarle, NC
 
Hwy 49 Sporting Goods
(704) 463-7053
36488 Nc 8 49 Hwy
New London, NC
 
Kime's Outdoor Sports
(910) 439-6862
106 S Main St
Mount Gilead, NC
 
Fitness Resource
(336) 859-2204
Denton, NC
 

Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling

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Stomach Sense

Eat, drink and be merry - safely

By Charmian Christie

Most travelers to Mexico have heard of Montezuma's Revenge and heed the cliché advice, “Don't drink the water .” But Mexico isn't the only country where you can pick up a nasty stomach bug, and drinking water isn't the only source. Tainted water can make its way into ice cubes, salads and other edible items you don't suspect. What's more, up to 50 percent of travelers will have some form of digestive upset while traveling to destinations without standard Western hygiene. Even if food looks, smells and tastes normal, it could still be contaminated. And just because the locals are chowing down with no ill-effect doesn't mean you have the iron stomach required to keep the meal down.

Healthy Handling Habits

  • Wash your hands before eating or handling food.
  • Hit the bottle - bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer and pre-packaged juices are usually safe. Make sure the seal hasn't been tampered with.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables you can peel yourself.
  • Eat only freshly prepared food, provided it's cooked thoroughly and served to you hot off the stove.

Habits to Avoid

  • Even if the drinking water has passed inspection, don't rely on kitchen staff to practice safe food preparation. Play it safe and avoid:
    • Ice cubes
    • Salads
    • Leftovers
    • Undercooked or uncooked foods - dairy and eggs are especially dangerous
    • Brushing your teeth in tap or unsterilized water. Use bottled water or let your teeth get fuzzy for one night.
    • Sampling from street vendors. There's no guarantee these dishes have been refrigerated or cooked properly. They can also be left exposed to flies all day. And we all know what flies eat.
    • Raw food. Sushi may be chic, but raw fish is a recipe for intestinal disaster.

When Disaster Strikes

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we eat something that disagrees with our system. If you get diarrhea, don't panic. Although you think it will never end...

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