What To Do If You Get Food Poisoning While Traveling – Don’t Let it Spoil Your Trip

Food poisoning can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. But when it happens while you’re on a long-awaited trip, it can be particularly frustrating and disruptive. The good news is, knowing what to do can help you recover quickly and get back to enjoying your adventure.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

The first step is to recognize the signs of food poisoning. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Hydration is Key

The most important thing you can do when you have food poisoning is to stay hydrated. Vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration quickly, which can worsen your symptoms. Sip on clear fluids like water, broth, or electrolyte-replacement drinks frequently, even if you don’t feel like it. Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you further.


Once you’ve been able to keep some fluids down for a few hours, you can start gradually reintroducing bland, easy-to-digest foods. The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) is a good option. Other gentle foods that may be helpful include crackers, plain yogurt, and chicken or fish without skin. Avoid greasy, spicy, or highly acidic foods, as they can irritate your stomach.

Over-the-Counter Relief

Over-the-counter medications can help manage some of your symptoms. Anti-diarrheal medications like Pepto-Bismol or Imodium can help control diarrhea, but don’t use them if you have a fever or bloody stools. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help ease cramps and headaches.

When to See a Doctor

If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve within a few days, seek medical attention. This is especially important if you have:

  • A fever over 101°F (38.3°C)
  • Bloody stools or vomit
  • Severe dehydration
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty keeping fluids down

Preventative Measures

To avoid food poisoning while traveling, take these precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
  • Be cautious about eating street food, especially in areas with poor sanitation.
  • Stick to bottled or boiled water unless you’re sure the tap water is safe to drink.
  • Choose reputable restaurants with good hygiene practices.
  • Cook your own food if possible, or choose dishes that are cooked well through.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked meats and seafood.
  • Peel fruits and vegetables yourself.


  • Food poisoning is usually not a serious illness and will resolve on its own within a few days.
  • By staying hydrated, eating bland foods, and taking over-the-counter medications, you can help manage your symptoms and feel better faster.
  • If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

With a little preparation and the right approach, you can bounce back from food poisoning and get back to enjoying your travels!

Additional Tips:

  • Pack a travel-sized first-aid kit that includes medications for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical expenses incurred overseas.
  • Download a translation app to help you communicate with medical professionals if you don’t speak the local language.

I hope this article helps you navigate the unpleasant experience of food poisoning while traveling. With the right knowledge and preparation, you can minimize the disruption and get back to exploring your destination!

Safe travels!

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