To Every Traveler Who’s Shat Themselves

Every traveler who's shat themselves

Here’s to every traveler who has shat themselves pursing world exploration. Our magnificent planet called, and despite the gastronomic hazards, they got on that jet plane. This post is a nonsensical salute to the toilet dilemmas travelers face.

Did you know? 30 to 70% of travelers will experience diarrhea according to the Centers for Disease Control

Here’s to those who’ve fled a bus. Or train. Or streetcar. Panicked with beads of perspiration, they’ve desperately mimed to the driver (who doesn’t understand English) to stop the bus immediately. Or else.

Here’s to those who didn’t get off the bus in time. A situation no one enjoys.

Did you know? How quickly Imodium works depends on the person. It’s within an hour for most people, but sometimes that isn’t fast enough

Here’s to those who believed tourist restaurants were safe. They’re not. Food handlers and travelers are both responsible for hygiene. Hand washing with soap can prevent most food contamination. So wash your hands.

Did you know? Bacterial pathogens such as E.coli (human poop) accounts for 80% of traveler’s diarrhea

Here’s to those who’ve filled the sink. Or waste bin. Or grocery bag. A traveler adapts to what’s available.

Here’s to every traveler who has shat themselves (or come close). They have learned compassion for the stomach afflictions of others, not pity. The embarrassment and pain of fighting toilet demons is universal.

Tested Tips for Travelers Diarrhea

This post would be lacking without a few good tips for avoiding traveler’s diarrhea. Here are our favourite ways to dodge Delhi Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge, the Scoots, or whatever you want to call it:

  • Always carry anti-diarrheal pills, ie, Imodium
  • Always carry a pack of tissues. Because your bathroom won’t have TP when you need it (guaranteed)
  • Choose a busy food vendor. If lots of locals aren’t afraid to eat there, it’s a good sign
  • Squatting against the back of the bus to poop gives you privacy. It also reduces your exposure to poisonous plants, insects, animals, and landmines
  • Ciprofloxacin and Azithromycin are expensive – but magical – travel antibiotics. Take them with you when you travel. They will rescue you from extended, feverish, traveler’s diarrhea
  • Sign up for our email updates. It won’t help with traveler’s diarrhea, but it won’t hurt either

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