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Travel to India and mind the health advice! On my first trip to India I had a culture shock. And I was already very grateful that some gave me helpful tips: How to stay healthy on your trip to India. These and all my experiences from 20 years of traveling to India, I share with you here.
Your travel to the retreat in India and my health advice
Tip number 1
Only packaged water
Never drink open water. This includes water that comes from a tap as well as open water that comes with your meal in a restaurant. Only buy and drink water from packaged water bottles. Make sure that the water bottles are properly sealed. Indians are very business-minded, used to recycling everything and are of the opinion: “Same, same, but different.” They often see only their point of view – not yours. Therefore, please always take care of yourself. Also, make sure no one puts ice cubes in your drink – as much as you want a chilled drink in the heat – the ice cubes could be made from tap water.
Tip number 2
No raw food
Never eat lettuce or other raw foods. Even if it’s offered to you or if it’s already on your plate anyway. Imagine what water must have been used to wash the lettuce. The only exception you should make is if you are quite sure that the vegetables have been treated with an ozone system – then there will be no bacteria left. But this will be the exception rather than the rule. Therefore, don’t order a salad and leave the cucumber slices that are already on your plate. Eat what has been well cooked.
Tip number 3
Wash your hands
In India, everything is dusty and there are many people. That’s a lot of contact points through which bacteria can be spread. Therefore, hygiene is very important. You can use the water from the tap to wash your hands. If you want to be sure there is soap, just have a bar of soap with you. Now, it would be too extensive to share my other tips here as well – that’s why I’m also writing a packing list, so my tips on what you should definitely have with you on your trip.
Plan your travel to the retreat in India and mind my health advice
These three tips are enough from my experience to stay healthy during your trip to India. It didn’t work out that way for me on my first trip – Montezuma’s revenge got me then. But I was spared from it in all the other years after that. And to be honest, I am convinced that my body was rather overwhelmed by the culture shock. Because I kept to my three rules throughout. My culture shock started with the cab ride when Babu picked us up from the airport. I was shocked at how traffic worked in India and was only calm when I decided that the cab driver must know what he was doing – even if I couldn’t understand it. Today I know that Indians just flow along, just live devotion – even in traffic. And if you travel to India – mind my health advice.
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