Bali Belly — A Travelers Worst Nightmare! Here’s What You Can Do To Prevent It

Ah, Bali – a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, colorful culture, and mouthwatering cuisine. However, that’s not everything that Bali is known for. And if you’re an experienced traveler, then you probably already know what we’re talking about: the dreaded Bali Belly. 

Even though this condition has such a cute name, don’t be fooled. It’s a colloquial term used to describe a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Basically, it’s a type traveler’s diarrhea that you can get when visiting this gorgeous place. Typically, it’s caused by consuming contaminated food or water that was exposed to unfamiliar bacteria or viruses. But it can also be the result of changes in diet and environment. 

However, if you’re currently planning a trip to Bali — don’t worry. We’ve prepared some tips for you that can help you minimize the chances of falling ill.

Choose Safe Eating Options

The most obvious piece of advice that we would hive you is to be selective about where and what you eat. Opt for restaurants and food stalls that appear clean and well-maintained, and prioritize freshly prepared dishes over pre-cooked or reheated meals. Read reviews, ask for suggestions, and be mindful about what you’re ordering. Avoid consuming raw or undercooked meat, seafood, and dairy products, as well as unpeeled fruits and vegetables that may have been washed in contaminated water. When in doubt, stick to hot, thoroughly cooked foods and bottled or purified water. This is one of the best ways to minimize the risk of foodborne illness.

Practice Good Hygiene Habits

Another pretty obvious one, however — it’s still worth a mention. Don’t forget to practice good hygiene — really anywhere, but especially when you’re traveling. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating or handling food. Of course, also after using the restroom or touching surfaces in public spaces. Carry hand sanitizer with you for moments when soap and water are not readily available, or before you start eating something. Additionally, please try your best to avoid touching your face, mouth, or eyes with unwashed hands to reduce the likelihood of transferring harmful bacteria or viruses to your system.


Stay Hydrated But Be Mindful of Ice

As I’ve already mentioned, food isn’t the only way in which you could get infected with Bali Belly. It’s also water. And even though staying hydrated is super important, it’s equally as important to be cautious about the source of your beverages. Stick to bottled or boiled water, that you know are safe. Also, another important thing — don’t consume ice cubes. Or even drinks that may have been prepared with tap water. This can massively increase the risk of gastrointestinal issues. This is actually one of the most common ways to catch any type of traveler’s diarrhea. 

Travel Health Kit

Last but not least, let’s talk about probiotics. Probiotic supplements that contain strains like Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium help cultivate a healthy gut flora, which will therefore help your body fight of the infection in case you fall ill. You can start taking them one to two weeks before your trip, so that your gut is as strong as possible once you arrive. Also, bringing over-the-counter remedies for diarrhea, nausea, and indigestion, as well as oral rehydration solutions could also be a great idea.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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