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Hygiene tips when abroad

Seeing something new at last, broadening your horizons and allowing yourself some relaxation: travelling can be great fun. But people do things differently in other countries – particularly as far as hygiene is concerned. Here we have some advice about what you and your family should bear in mind when eating and cooking abroad.

 Hygiene tips when abroad: Cooking and peeling

Holiday planning

Maybe you’re on a beach in Thailand watching the sun go down, or in Egypt climbing the Pyramids – a holiday turns dreams like this into reality. Before planning your holiday, though, it’s always a good idea to check with a travel agency or on the Internet whether the trip you want to go on is suitable for children. With small children in particular, you shouldn’t take any risks when it comes to hygiene. A relaxed holiday in the mountains or in a holiday home by the sea is fun for the whole family. And, wherever you’re going, take out overseas medical insurance before you set off.

At your holiday destination: tips for cooking and peeling

As hygiene standards abroad are not the same as at home, always remember the golden rule: “Peel it, cook it, or forget it.??? This means you should only eat cooked vegetables, freshly peeled fruit and food which has been cooked. And remember:

  • avoid tap water and ice cubes – if you do drink tap water, make sure to boil it first;
  • only drink bottled drinks and water;
  • only use bottled water for cleaning your teeth;
  • only eat well-cooked meat, fish and eggs;
  • avoid desserts containing raw egg, such as tiramisu and zabaglione;
  • only eat packed ice from a supermarket;
  • peel fruit and vegetables and wash them thoroughly before use – with bottled water or mineral water if you can;
  • always wash your hands thoroughly. If you want to be sure, use mineral water for washing your hands as well.
If diarrhoea occurs

Hygiene tips when abroad: Cooking and peeling In case you need to deal with a case of gastroenteritis, carry a small first-aid kit with you containing medicinal activated charcoal tablets and salt tablets to counter diarrhoea. If the diarrhoea becomes more severe, try to compensate for fluid and salt loss as quickly as possible. The WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution is suitable for this. In 1 litre of freshly boiled water, dissolve eight teaspoons of sugar, almost a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking power. Cool down the solution in a closed container and then drink it in small sips. If you want to be on the safe side, mix up a batch of the salt/sugar mixture at home. Salt sticks and cola can also help. If you aren’t feeling better soon, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a doctor.