The book review continues! More about “How to Shit Around the World” by the “Shit Doctor.”
Let’s start with some good news. The book says that infectious and communicable diseases only kill 4% of those travelers that die abroad (accidents are the most likely way to go). Comforting (maybe?).
Next, the snippet in the book that really stops you in your tracks:
While we’re on the subject of Nepal (where I will be in less than a month, ahhh!):
Onto some more gems I’ve mined from the pages. The most common ailment of the traveler is, of course, none other than traveler’s diarrhea, which seems easy enough to handle:
But then she implies that a book may be necessary as well:
In any event, when you are dealing with the shits around the world, you will have no toilet paper. Which you should feel good about:
On a slightly more serious note, though, here’s my basic strategy on trying to stay healthy on the Big Trip:
- Smart preparation (vaccines, meds, insurance, awareness).
- Keep in mind the trusty travelers’ maxim: “Peel it, boil it, cook it, or forget it.”
- Eat freshly cooked, piping hot food. This will mean a lot of eating local (pad thai in Thailand, folks, not lasagna) and, likely, not being afraid of the street vendor, however questionable his setup.
- Never touch a salad. Someone probably shit all over it in the field, and no one has bothered to wash it. And even if they did wash it, it was probably with shit water.
- The fact that water is bottled means jack. When in doubt, sterilize. Yay for my Steripen!
- Be more hygienic than I am at home = in particular, lots of hand washing.
I’ll let you know how it works out! Comment below if you’ve got a suggestion for me.