Traveler’s Tummy: How to Deal With Delhi Belly

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Between the running to the bathroom, running out of toilet paper and simply running out of energy, Delhi belly a.k.a Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD), is any traveler’s worst nightmare. (Aside from getting mugged and losing their passport, that is.) So, to be able to enjoy your trip fully whilst still inhaling the amazing delicacies offered by your host country, here are some basic tips on how you can skip the 1-2-step to the toilet.

1. Hold the ice.

While many say that bacteria die in super hot or extremely freezing temperatures, this isn’t entirely true. Water used to make the ice cubes may be contaminated so just be wise and stay away from the ice.

2. Skip the salad.

Many travelers become “vegetarian” while traveling abroad to skip the local mystery meat. They opt to go the “healthy” route and order salads and veggies. But if thought out carefully, this may not be the best way to go as a lot of the vegetables used in salads are washed in local, and most probably, unfiltered water.

3. Well done, please.

If a certain type of meat dish is their local specialty, go for it — don’t miss out. But make sure though that it’s well-cooked and if possible, cooked in front of you.

4. Good hygiene goes a long way.

Make sure to wipe down utensils, bottles, glasses and plates with fresh, clean tissues before using them. If you have a pocket-sized disinfectant, feel free to use it. It may seem overboard for some but hey, it sure beats getting the sh*ts.

Note: Drink only bottled water from a legit convenience store and make sure it’s sealed properly. If you have any doubts on how clean it is, go for a soda. 

5.  Be insured.

Carrying around basic meds is a must, but if things get a little more serious, it pays to have sufficient insurance. I recommend World Nomads.*

*Trusted by Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Nat Geo Adventure.

NOTE: Before choosing a travel insurance, make sure to read all the fine prints. Some don’t cover medical evacuation or extreme sports. Educate yourself and choose one that works best for you and your travel plans. 

So there you have it. Exercise caution and most importantly, practice common sense. At the end of the day though, it’s really your call. Travel is all about the experience and if Delhi belly is in the cards for you, then let’s just hope you have enough toilet paper.

Peace Love and Lipgloss,

morenabeachbum

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