Monday, September 29, 2008

Travel checklist

I found out last week that I'm attending a conference in India (Delhi) for a week in November. I'm excited but I also realize that this kind of trip will require a different mindset if I'm going to avoid crippling diarrhea, malaria etc. I've been looking around for travel tips and here's what I have come up with so far:

1. AVOID THE H20 AT ALL COSTS. Drink bottled water and make sure the seal is unbroken. Do not open your mouth in the shower and use bottled water to brush your teeth. Bring rubber bands to attach toothbrush to bottled water as a reminder (I like that one). Also bring extra toothbrushes in case accident occurs.

2. Vaccinations: HepA, HepB, cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio and maybe meningitis. The travel clinic here at Drexel will take care of these, although I plan on talking to my PCP to see what she thinks is necessary.

3. Malarone.

4. Basic meds: anti-diarrhea pills, cipro, pepto bismol

5. Insect repellent, hand wipes, sunscreen

6. Flip flops, loose clothing, hat

7. probiotic supplement to maintain happy gut flora. I should probably start taking this now. I already eat lots of yogurt, but I'm guessing the bacteria in Indian yogurt is of a different variety than that in my Fage. Anyone know if it's ok to go all out with Dairy products while I'm there?

Anyone else have any suggestions?



Anonymous Sunil said...

I'm sure I could come up with 100 things, but one of the most important is to avoid buying food on the street. It's going to look amazing, but it's dangerous.

If you can't help yourself, avoid things that have uncooked water in them.

I've been known to cheat and have something at the streetside vendors... both with good and bad results.

4:10 PM  
Blogger nikandmike said...

it's been a long time, but i think you'll be surprised at how modern the city is. many of the issues you are worrying about won't be a problem there.

getting off the airplane, though, still continues to be a moment i will never forget. i can't imagine that to be much different.

other: as many sweets as you can.
2.get as much paneer as you can.
3.don't worry about tea in on the street; it is the best anyway.
4.the yogurt is amazing and you'll really miss something if you don't at least try a little.

1:33 PM  

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