Whether you are travelling abroad or you are going for a trip of
just a few hundred kilometers, your health should be of top priority. It is
necessary to take some necessary precautions when you are on the road. While
there are many health hazards, diseases transmitted by water tops the list
mainly because water is a vital necessity and it might be difficult to get good
drinking water at all times. Common waterborne illnesses include diarrhea,
cholera and typhoid.
To reduce the risk of getting ill because of contaminated water,
take some basic precautions:
Safe Bottled Water: As far as possible, buy safe bottled water from reputed brands.
Check for spurious brands, make sure that the seal is not broken and buy enough
to last till you next stopover. Avoid buying water bottles from roadside shops
at remote out-of-the-way places.
Do not open all the bottles at once. Finish the water from an
opened bottle before you break the seal on another one. Do not keep them for
too long. Replenish your fresh water stock regularly.
Avoid Uncooked Food: When you are eating outside, avoid foods such as salads as you
cannot be sure of the water the vegetables or fruits have been washed in. Avoid
iced drinks and ice cream. If you have to drink water at a hotel or restaurant,
make sure that it is boiled, hot water. If you want to eat fruits, then buy
them yourself, wash them in bottled water and peel them.
Wash Your Hands: Always wash your hands well with soap and bottled water before you
eat or drink. Carry hand sanitizers with you in case you have no access to
safe, clean water.
Watch Where you Eat: Avoid eating at roadside diners unless they are clean and well
run. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and mostly stick to hot drinks.
Avoid Dirty Ponds and Pools: If you are looking for a good swim or a place to take bath, then make
sure you find a good clean body of water. Avoid dirty muddy ponds and unclean
Water-transmitted illnesses can be spread in a number of ways. You
don’t have to drink unclean water to catch a waterborne disease. If you bathe
in unclean water and if you forget to practice good hygiene or clean your hands
thoroughly before you eat, then these can also increase your risk of falling sick.
Fruits washed in unclean water, water used in making cold drinks or ice,
exposure to muddy water during rains, and swimming in stagnant ponds or lakes
can also cause illnesses.
Make your trip a pleasant experience by staying healthy. Avoid unclean water and uncooked food. Stay on the safe side by sticking to good bottled water or at least boiled water when you are travelling.