Food Poisoning while Traveling

How great is it to travel? To meet new people, see new places, experience different cultures, taste new foods. Travelling can be a relaxing, exhilarating and delightful experience, but this is only possible if you maintain your health. Along with Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; a bout of food poisoning can be particularly problematic when you’re traveling. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, keeping healthy and avoiding illnesses is vital for a successful journey. Eating or drinking the wrong thing can leave you trapped in your hotel room.

What Causes Food Poisoning while Traveling?

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms or their toxins can contaminate food. That can happen at any point of processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked.

We share our top 6 ways to prevent food poisoning while traveling. At the bottom, you will also find a guide for what to do if disaster strikes anyway, even if you’ve followed the tips.


Did you know that our hands are the main spread of infections? The truth is that our hands often are the biggest reason why we get sick or ingest bacteria that make us sick.

By having a good hand hygiene and washing hands before every meal and at regular intervals you will reduce the risk of food poisoning and diseases enormously. This is especially true if you have been in public places or using public transportation.


While Travelling, stick with bottled water also use it to brush your teeth. Also, ask for no ice and be alert for items that may be made with tap water (like an ice pop), since even a small amount can contain bacteria or viruses.


One of the most important ways to prevent food poisoning is to avoid eating uncooked foods. Hot temperatures kill bacteria in food that cause digestive illnesses. Cool or lukewarm temperatures support the growth of germs, so try to avoid foods such as fruit and uncooked veg as much as possible. When deciding on food to eat, look for items that are steaming hot to ensure they are fresh and bacteria free.


While people usually remember to avoid tap water, it is often forgotten to avoid ice. If you are not careful, that refreshing drink may have the water you are trying so hard to avoid. Always ask the server whether the ice is made from filtered water or tapped water.


Bringing emergency Foods on your travels, and replenishing your supply with trusted items as you go, is the best way to be sure that you are not exposing yourself, to potentially contaminated foods when the dining options are limited, stomachs are growling, and patience is in short supply.

Pre-packaged foods like cereals, nuts, cookies, pretzels, and even fruit that can be peeled are a great way to stave off the hunger pains until you find a dining place you trust.


  • Salad and vegetables (uncooked).
  • Ice cream and desserts.
  • Shellfish, fish, chicken, and pork.
  • Soft-boiled and raw eggs.

How to know if you have food poisoning?

The signs and symptoms are fairly simple and can include any of the following:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle aches

Food poisoning treatment

If you happen to suffer from food poisoning while traveling, fear not! For most people, the illness resolves without treatment within 24 hours, though some types of food poisoning can last longer. Food poisoning can leave you feeling weak and exhausted. It is extremely important to rest and replace lost fluids. When you are feeling better gradually begin to eat bland, low-fat, easy-to-digest foods, such as toast, plain pasta, crackers, and rice. Stop eating if your nausea returns.

To avoid illness while traveling we strongly advised you to book an appointment at International Medicare and find out about the vaccinations you may require. For more information about International Medicare, you can contact us at 00977-61463271, 00977-9846054520, 00977-61464368 or Email us at,,

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