What to Know Before You Go: Tips on Eating Abroad


Traveling abroad is often thought to be this glamorous experience where you can explore new places and eat exotic food. However, eating overseas comes with a risk of developing traveler’s diarrhea and other potentially life-threatening diseases from eating or drinking unclean food and water. Follow the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to reduce your risk for getting sick on your next international trip.

Eat & Drink:

  • Fully cooked, hot food
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and veggies you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products
  • “Dry” foods, such as bread or crackers
  • Beverages from a sealed bottle or can (carbonated is safest)
  • Water you boiled or treated yourself
  • Hot coffee or tea


  • Meat or fish that is rare or raw
  • Food served at room temperature
  • Raw, unwashed, or cut-up fruits or veggies
  • Tap/well water, ice made from tap/well water, flavored ice, or ice pops
  • Fountain drinks
  • Unpasteurized dairy
  • Salads
  • Raw or soft (runny) cooked eggs
  • Bushmeat (monkey, bats, and wild game) and food from street vendors

Additional Tips:

  • Don’t swim with open cuts or wounds or in cloudy water
  • Brush your teeth with bottled water
  • People with weakened immune systems and the elderly should avoid place like showers and hot tubs where steam or vapor can be inhaled

One comment

  1. Dottie · 22 Days Ago

    Good tips…some I wouldn’t have thought of…


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