How Do You Avoid Stomach Upset on the Road?

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Street food

In an upcoming issue of Budget Travel we will be tackling the topic of traveler's diarrhea, also known by a bunch of nicknames including Montezuma’s Revenge and Delhi belly.

Our coverage will include food and water safety tips you can use on the road to help you avoid the digestive track disorder.

Yes, the topic may sound a bit gross, but it's a real concern of many travelers (and is more common than you might think). The Center for Disease Control estimates 20% to 50% of international travelers suffer from the malady, which includes stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloating, nausea and vomiting—conditions that can put a real damper on your dream vacation.

The onset usually occurs within the first week of travel, with high-risk destinations including Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where food and water and sanitary standards may not be the same as at home.

Some travelers swear taking regular doses of Pepto Bismol works as a preventative measure. Others have their own home remedies.

We'll explore both sides of the aisle but we want to hear your stories, questions and concerns in this regard.

What preparation do you do before your trip to check out local food and drinking water conditions?

Are there foods you always avoid while on the road? Do you eat the ceviche? Street vendor treats? Skip the ice cubes?

Do you pack products to keep your hands clean? Use over-the-counter products to prevent indigestion and other stomach ailments? What's in your travel kit.

If the tap water is to be avoided, how do you remind yourself not to wash your toothbrush with it.

What do you do when tap water is the only option?

Please share your experiences. Your comments may appear in an upcoming Trip Coach column.

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