The travelers coming to India must have some basic idea about the survival strategies in this country. Here comes a survival guide for India which covers few tips on the required immunization measures after consulting the physician 4-5 weeks before the trip to India, clothing, food and water safety. This guide will help you to have a healthy living in India.
The travelers coming to India must take up some immunization measures seriously. Some of the recommended vaccinations for travelers in India are:
Yellow Fever for travelers coming from infected area like Africa
Japanese Encephalitis for travelers to rural areas
Measles, mumps, Rubella
One must pack some conservative clothes. Men can do with longer shorts and pants and women can pack some skirts below the knee length and the casual slacks. It is better not to pack tank tops, short skirts and revealing low cut shirts. Pack some comfortable rubber soled sandals and shoes. The canvas and nylon material will absorb the dirt. Try to wear dark colored clothes. If you are planning for a rainy season trip, then, do not forget to take an umbrella with you. Cotton and linen are the apt summer special clothes in India. For the winter months you can manage with sweaters and fleece jacket. Sunglasses are must during the scorching summer months in India.
The westerners should keep in mind few tips on food safety-
Cook food thoroughly
Wash the dishes with warm water and cleaning agents if you are washing them with your hands
Don’t come in contact with contaminated food
Wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly
Keep the hot food hot
Refrigerate the food
Wash the cutting board with soap and hot water after each use within 2 hours
Sanitize the kitchen with sponges
Always wash your hands with soap before and after the handling of food
Avoid street food
Here come few tips on drinking water safety in India-
Avail the bottled mineral water which you will get in all the road side shops in India
Do not forget to check the manufacturing and expiry date of the bottled mineral water
Order for bottled water in restaurant and make sure that it is not served in a glass
Do not buy water in plastic bags
Do not drink tap water which is usually used for bathing and laundry purposes
There is no scarcity of drinking water in India and the water is also clean but that can be harmful for the westerners who drink purified water
It is better to install an aqua guard or water filter in your accommodation if you are staying for long time.
If none of the options are available, drink boiled water.