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When travelling to many countries, special precautions should be taken to avoid sickness from microorganisms in food and especially water. Here are some important tips to avoid getting sick.

  1. Order your drinks without ice, if you are unsure that the ice is germ-free.

  2. Drink only industrially bottled beverages. “Open” or unsealed bottles could be filled from a contaminated source.

  3. Order your food well-cooked. Avoid raw or slightly cooked food, seafood, mayonnaise, ice cream, butter, etc.

  4. Avoid eating food from street vendors.

  5. Only eat fruits, raw vegetables, or salads if they were washed with germ-free water. Otherwise, you can wash them yourself with disinfected water, or just follow this rule of thumb with regard to veggies: cook it, peel it, or leave it!

  6. Avoid raw milk. Pasteurized milk is safe to drink.

  7. Fruit juices with high sugar content are an ideal medium for bacteria to grow. Only drink fruit juices if the fruit, blender, and anyone’s hands in contact were hygienically cleaned.

  8. Fresh hot coffee and tea are safe beverages. Beer and wine are also typically safe. Note: Alcoholic beverages do not disinfect bacteria already in the stomach.

  9. Brush your teeth with germ-free water. Even a small sip of contaminated water can cause diarrhoea.

  10. Always use germ-free water when taking medicines. Diarrhea is not only uncomfortable; it could also affect the impact of the medicine (i. e. tablets).

  11. Don’t bathe in tropical surface water.

  12. Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before contact with food.

  13. Always use clean towels.


The World Health Organization (WHO) attributes 80% of all travel diseases to contaminated drinking water. Don’t let contaminated drinking water spoil your trip. Avoid tap water and ice cubes anytime the water quality is uncertain – even bottled water can be questionable, when available. According to WHO, almost half of all travellers suffer from some form of diarrhoea while en-route.

Good health while travelling starts with travel preparation – and the right Katadyn product for safe drinking water.

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