India is a mix of culture, traditions and religions offering diversity to any travellers but unfortunately India is also a developing country with poor infrastructure or sanitation and travellers may fall victim to the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’ or other aliments of digestive system. By following the below precautions will help you stay healthy while traveling in India and get the most out of your holiday.
Before your trip:
– Purchase a comprehensive Travel insurance covering full medical treatments and if you do happen to get sick then make sure your policy covers all of your medical expenses.
– Get vaccinated prior traveling to India for a number of diseases like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera and Diphtheria. Consult your doctor at least six months earlier than travel to discuss which vaccinations you require.
– Pack medication in order to avoid sickness which can be a medical kit and it’s a good idea to bring along antibiotics, malaria medication over-the-counter products such as Imodium and rehydration salts.
During your trip:
– Clean your hands often using soaps or disinfectant wipes or gel to kill germs you have contracted from touching surfaces during the day. Regular hand cleaning is recommended and sanitize your hands before eating as well.
– Only drink bottled or purified water as it’s not safe to drink the tap water in India. Bottled water can be purchased from nearby stores but check if the seal has been broken; people have been known re-using the empty bottles filled with tap water.
– Say no to ice in your drink as it can’t be sure if it’s made out of purified water.
– Don’t eat anything fresh that can’t be peeled as there’s a high chance of fruits and vegetables being washed in contaminated water. Only eat fresh, uncooked food that can be peeled
– Take pro-biotics regularly is one of the best ways to prepare your digestive system for travel to India.
– Eat at busy restaurants as if any restaurant is busy then it has a good reputation and are more likely to server high quality
– Drink from a straw and avoid putting your lips directly on the top of the bottle.
– Be careful with street food and though they are lot cheaper than restaurant and hotels, be careful in India.
– Don’t drink fresh juices or smoothies as you can’t be sure if fruits have been washing in purified water.
– Don’t accept food from strangers even offered in friendly and polite way. First the food may not be safe to eat and secondly, there have been unfortunate cases of eating poisoned food offered to tourist causing them to fall asleep and steal away their belongings, money etc.
– When in doubt, eat vegetarian as Indians are known to be the lowest consumers of meat in the world so they have perfected vegetarian cooking which are very delicious. Because of frequent power cuts and effects of refrigeration, meat is more likely to be contaminated than vegetarian food.