A few years ago, I visited friends in Mexico and was delighted to find a water dispenser unit in their kitchen.
You know, the one with a 5-gallon (18.9 l) jug of pure water that is oft delivered by a man wearing a crisp, blue uniform.
Towards the end of my stay, I saw one of my friends filling the jug with tap water and my face went green with despair.
I had unwittingly been drinking tap water in a country where the term Montezuma’s Revenge (a.k.a., traveller’s diarrhea) originated. Suffice it to say, I ended up having crappy diarrhea (pun intended) on the plane ride home and for days thereafter.
But it could have been so much worse . . . as in typhoid fever worse.
Being water wise and diligent is one of the key ways to stay perfectly healthy during your travels. Here are 4 water questions you should ask yourself early on in the trip planning process.
- Is the tap water safe to drink?
- Can I recycle plastic bottles there?
- What's my DIY water purification plan?
- To eat or not to eat...?