Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't Drink the Water

When traveling in a region with a questionable water supply or trekking through the back country, how do you know when it's okay to drink the water?

Here's a thought. If your lodgings don't allow you to flush the toilet paper...don't drink the water. When hiking, water in streams may look crystal clear...but don't risk drinking it. Also, think about how else you may be getting unsafe water into your body.

Don't allow ice cubes in your drink or cocktail. Water or soda from a bottle is fine, but don't pour it over ice. Plus, don't drink any shower water or brush your teeth with tap water. Eat foods that are cooked. Which means no lettuce salads.

You could purify your own water with iodine tablets or portable water purifies used by campers and hikers.  Keep some hand sanitizing wipes handy as well.

Use common sense and you can avoid pesky or dangerous infections when traveling.

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