We all know how important it is to stay hydrated especially when on the move. Whenever you arrive somewhere new, you might wonder if the water from the tab is safe (well, at least I do).
With all the illnesses and bacteria (hepatitis A, cholera and diarrhea, just to name a few) that can be transmitted into our system, it is important to know where it is safe to drink tap water and where not.
Obviously being sick on a trip can ruin the whole experience!
Have a look at the map to see which countries have safe tap water
What does it mean for you to travel to a country that does not have safe tap water?Don’t drink it!
Keep your mouth closed while having a shower.
Avoid brushing your teeth with tab water, use bottled water instead.
Be careful when eating vegetables and fresh fruit (unless you peeled them).
Avoid ice cubes in drinks.
It does not mean that countries that are not listed here have unclean or polluted water. It also does not mean that you are going to die when consuming it. It means you have to be careful and considerate.
How to make unsafe water safe?
Heat: Most bacteria will be killed at high temperatures. Boil the water for at least 60 seconds, the water is safe to drink after it cooled off.
Filtering: There are many different kind of filters and also drinking bottles with integrated filters. Most filters have sizes between 0.1 to 0.4 microns which will remove bacteria, however not viruses (such as Hepatitis A). Best is to choose a filter which has a “hollow fiber” membrane as this one will remove everything.
Tablets: Water purification tablets contain chemicals that will kill harmful bacteria. In only very few cases it can leave a bad taste on the water, however the process of “cleaning” is quick and tablets are cheap and light.