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Food and Drink abroad

It may be tempting to try new foods when going abroad but be aware that some foods can upset the stomach especially if not cooked properly, and the last thing you want is to have traveller's diarrhoea.


Healthy eating tips:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating food.
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water after using the toilet.
  • Drink water from sealed bottles. Hot tea and coffee, fizzy drinks, beer and wines should be ok too.
  • Avoid local dairy products, particularly ice cream and cheese, which can cause diarrhoea.
  • Fish and shellfish may be hazardous even if well cooked.
  • Eat only cooked vegetables and avoid salads, which will probably have been washed in tap water, or not at all.
  • Avoid freshly cut fruit and peel all fruit.
  • Avoid food that has flies buzzing round it.


Alcohol is generally cheaper abroad, and this can mean it's tempting to drink more. Alcohol and sun can be a very bad combination because alcohol dehydrates the body.
Safe drinking tips:
  • Stay hydrated: drink lots of water.
  • Stick to the recommended daily unit limits.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol in the full glare of the sun.
  • Remember that most accidents abroad are alcohol-related.


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Editor: Ryan Cranston

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