Local food is definitely a major benefit of being abroad. However, food poisoning poses a danger to student health. In many contexts, it is a good idea to:
Pass on street food and generally avoid buffet dining.
- Wash any fruit and vegetables you eat, and order well-cooked food.
- Avoid tap water and ice made from tap water, in some locations.
Make sure to rest and rehydrate if you’re affected by food poisoning. Traveler’s diarrhea impacts about 80% of those abroad. Seek medical treatment if your case is serious.
If you have food allergies or specific dietary preferences, know how to communicate your needs wherever you receive food. If you are in a non-English speaking country, you may need to create a list of foreign words so you know what to say and what to look for.