Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling Northampton MA

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

Western Village Ski & Sports
(413) 584-3620
32 Main St
Northampton, MA
 
F J Rogers Co
(413) 584-1727
3 Main St
Florence, MA
 
Valley Sport Center
(413) 527-9728
155 Northampton St
Easthampton, MA
 
Pacific Sunwear
(413) 582-0049
367 Russell St
Hadley, MA
 
Lids
(413) 584-3835
367 Russell St Ste 5
Hadley, MA
 
Dave's Pioneer Sporting Center Llc
(413) 584-9944
137 Damon Rd Ste E
Northampton, MA
 
Northampton Pro Shop
(413) 586-1898
135 Main St
Leeds, MA
 
Famous Footwear Mountain
(413) 587-0246
Farms Mall
Hadley, MA
 
One Way Screen Printing
(413) 584-0091
47 East St
Hadley, MA
 
Jonathan's Sports World
(413) 585-8854
331 Russell St
Hadley, MA
 

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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