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Chapter 10 : Don't Drink the Water?

Definitely don't drink the water if the locals don't. Aside from this travel guideline, it's tough to judge when it is safe to drink the water in another country. It is often best to rely on bottled water, which is available almost everywhere now, and is cheaper in other countries than in the United States.

Are you safe if you just drink bottled water? Well, was the salad you ate washed in the local tap water? If so, you may not feel well later. If they don't post a sign saying the food is washed in purified water, ask them. Otherwise, it may be best to skip the salad.

On the other hand, the Latin-American custom of dressing salads with lime juice may actually kill the bacteria from the wash water. I've taken my chances, with good luck so far. I also carry iodine tablets for purifying water, so I can make a disinfecting rinse for fruits.

Ice cubes are often the cause of water-borne illnesses among tourists. If you're not sure that the ice cubes are made with purified water, order your drink without ice. Also, brush your teeth with bottled water to be safe. Showering is usually safe unless you stand there with your mouth open.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu

Continue with Chapter 11 here: Food Safety

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