Is the water safe to drink? It’s the first question most travelers ask when going abroad (well, maybe the second, after “where can I get connected to Wi-Fi?”). There’s no worse way to ruin a vacation than to drink bad water and become utterly incapacitated by a bout of Montezuma’s Revenge or some Delhi Belly, as travelers to Mexico and India sourly refer to their ailments. Travelers’ diarrhea can transform from an uncomfortable joke to a dangerous incident of dehydration requiring hospitalization if no safe liquids are found.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a comprehensive destinations list with links to health advisories for over 200 countries and territories worldwide, and this infographic points out where it’s safe and not safe to drink.
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(Infographic: NeoMam Studios)
Another option when you travel: the CDC recently introduced its own food and water safety app called ”Can I Eat This?“ Available on Apple and Android platforms, the app pulls advice from the Center for Disease Control knowledge base and provides tips on where the food and water is considered safe, and best practices for finding edible foodstuffs that won’t trouble your tummy.