Travel Tips: What to Eat and Drink

ADC’s Travel Clinic has advice for what to eat and drink on your trip.

Food on plate

One of the most common discomforts travelers experience while away from home is caused by a lack of knowledge about proper food and drink precautions.


In areas without chlorinated tap water, or where hygiene and sanitation are poor, travelers may find that only the following water is safe to drink:

  • Beverages made with boiled water
  • Canned or bottled carbonated beverages, including carbonated bottled water
  • Beer and wine.

More helpful hints

In areas of unsafe water, ice should also be avoided. When drinking bottled beverages, surfaces which come in direct contact with your mouth, should first be wiped clean. Brush teeth and rinse toothbrush with bottled, boiled or treated water. Boiling is the most reliable method for making water safe to drink. Bring to a vigorous rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool to room temperature. At very high altitudes, above two kilometers, longer boiling or chemical disinfection will be necessary. Chlorine is less reliable than iodine for chemical disinfection.


Food should be selected with care. All raw food is subject to contamination.


  • Salads;
  • Uncooked vegetables;
  • Un-pasteurized milk and milk products (such as cheese);
  • All raw seafood;
  • Shellfish that may come from polluted water.

Eat only

  • Cooked food that is still hot;
  • Fruit that you peeled yourself;
  • Ocean source seafood that is well cooked and served hot.

For more information about preparing for your business, personal or mission travel, call the ADC Travel clinic at 512-901-4486.  Remember to allow 4-6 weeks to get your travel immunizations, but if you need to see us last minute, we will be happy to care for you.