Food is a massive part of traveling. Whether it’s trying new cuisines, eating at fancy restaurants while living the high-life, or eating meat cooked over a campfire. They are some of the strongest ways you can appeal to the senses of taste, smell, and site on your vacation. But they can also prove serious health risks. If you don’t want your trip cut short, keep these food safety tips for travel in mind.
Curb your enthusiasm
This might seem like it’s going to rain on your parade and spoil your fun, but you shouldn’t be quite so eager to throw yourself into the more exotic food experiences. Trying exotic meals you’ve never had before might be tempting, but it’s also a common health risk while traveling. In most cases, it’s best to stick with cuisine you’re relatively informed about. You should be very careful with street food, especially. In most cases, you will simply never know how it’s been handled.
In general, you should vet anywhere you eat from, whether it’s at a table or on the street. Read travel food reviews for your destination so you can make some plans that you can at least expect to be reasonably safe. Pay attention to the hygiene of the chefs in any eatery you visit, as well. Is their hair kept up? Are their fingernails cut and clean? Are they also handling money? If they can’t meet the most basic of food hygiene standards, you won’t be able to tell in what other ways their food might not be the safest. Check for cleanliness of the silverware and drinking glasses too.
Be careful out in the wild
If you’re eating on a hiking trip or you’re camping, then you have to be doubly careful of the food you eat out there. For one, if you’re cooking your own food over a stove or a campfire, make sure that you have a meat thermometer.
To be on the safe side, you should think about preparing your own food or getting from a reputable restaurant and keeping it in Thermo Boutique stainless steel lunch boxes. If you’re out in the wild for more than one day, then food planning becomes much more important. Rely more on tinned goods and things you can eat without a source of cooling.
Know the water
No matter how fresh it might look, unless you’ve done your research, you won’t know if that water is safe to drink. Same goes for anything made with water like ice, and ice cream.
You might want to bring something like AquaTabs water purification tablets to make sure you always have a source of drinkable water. Otherwise, do your research on whether the tap water in the country you’re visiting is safe to drink. The answers can sometimes be surprising, so don’t make any assumptions based on what you think about the country.
Some of these tips are going to be more pertinent for some locations than others. But you shouldn’t only rely on what you can see. Just because a destination looks and feels hygienic and clean doesn’t mean it has safe drinking water or healthy street food. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Food poisoning can really spoil a trip.