While traveling it is imperative that one keeps in mind the importance of food safety. In certain countries, the number of foodborne diseases is considerably higher than others. While visiting those countries, one should take precautions to avoid these diseases. There are a number of ways in which you can ensure absolute safety. While traveling, if these ways can be adopted then there will be zero chance of falling ill to foodborne diseases. In this context, waterborne diseases should also be taken into consideration as many fall sick due to consumption of contaminated water.
Hot Food: An Ideal Preference
Hot food should always be preferred when you are traveling to a place where hygiene is a major issue. Usually, when food is steaming hot, the probability of germ-infection is very low. High level of heat kills all the germs present in food and does not allow new bacteria or germs to spring up. Thus, as long as your food is steaming hot it is safe to consume. Cold food, on the other hand, can contain bacteria and germs. It is well known to all that cold milk is a breeding ground of bacteria which is why one should always boil milk before consuming. This theory applies to most of the foods, which is why if you keep this in mind, you might avoid some serious food borne diseases.
Avoid consuming raw food
Raw food is an area which one should be careful about. If it is a fruit, then it is safe as long as you peel it off yourself and wash it properly. Fruits like guavas and mangoes are sold by vendors openly on streets. Firstly, one cannot be sure whether the one who peeled those washed his/her hands thoroughly or not. Secondly, cut open fruits leave good amount of surface area open for germs to grow on. For this same reason, salad should also be avoided when you are travelling.
In countries like India, many earn their daily bread from a trolley food van. Exotic though the taste of panipuris and matka garams may be, they should be taken with caution. Street food is susceptible to various germs and bacteria and thus is the most capable of infecting you.
While we are exploring food safety options, drink safety should also be taken into consideration as well. After all, the diseases contracted via water are deadlier than foodborne diseases. While travelling, one should always choose packaged drinking water. Packaged water comes with a cost but ensures quality and safety. Packaged hard or soft drinks too are not susceptible to germs. But, one should not consume tap water. Water from natural sources (i.e. Fountain water, ice etc) should be avoided. In developing countries, ice is mostly made from tap waters.
Irrespective of all the safety codes followed, one can always fall ill. Whether it is a foodborne disease or an airborne one, sometimes an illness just cannot be dodged. So, it is of paramount importance that one carries primary first aid and some medication while tripping. It will be recommended to locate a clinic nearby the hotel, should one fall ill.