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Okay, I have looked and looked and cannot find the post i am looking for. It was a post, I believe from a gentlemen.

It was a list of precautionary things to take on your trip. It was a really good list. Ex. medications, how to make the water drinkable ... If you know where it is could you link it to this post?



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I have a list but am not sure it's the one you're thinking of; I've posted it below just in case. Happy trails!


:: I tend to follow the adivce of the CDC for the country/ies I’m visiting:


:: At least be sure you're up to date on routine vaccines like diphtheria/tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella; many adults in the US aren't and some of those illnesses are horrible and still prevalent in developing countries. In my opinion everyone should have Hep A, too.

:: Keep the bugs from biting by wearing long sleeves/pants during buggy times (usually dusk and dawn), using effective, safe repellent (I like Ultrathon and Sawyer's Controlled Release deet products). You can also buy clothes preloaded with permethrin or buy the sprays and do it yourself; even a bandana is handy this way. I've read that any sort of oil will keep sand flies at bay but we haven't had much problem with them in our travels (pray for a steady breeze!) so can't speak about that personally.

:: I only drink bottled water, never tap (unless I purify it or boil it), even on my toothbrush

:: I wash my hands every chance I get

:: I avoid fruit I haven't peeled myself unless I trust the preparer (no bags of yummy-looking cut up mangos from street venders, but usually I've felt ok in homestays)

:: I avoid lettuce

:: I only eat street food if it's selling quickly and really hot; most careful folks would say avoid it

:: I take shelf stable probiotics on the road; the one I prefer is here:


:: I take a papain and bromelain digestive enzyme capsule just before or after high protein meals to speed digestion; I don't have a preferred brand but here's a link to some information:


:: When I have a touch of diarrhea, I take 2 or 3 cayenne capsules and repeat every few hours - usually kicks it

:: I carry immodium or the like but rarely need it; it shouldn't be used if you're REALLY sick as it keeps the bad bugs in your system longer (can be really dangerous)

:: I get a prescription filled for the antibiotic Ciproflaxin to carry along in case one of us gets REALLY sick (powerful stuff not to be taken lightly) ; it's usually available without a prescription in CA.

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hopefulist has a great list. However, if you're staying on Ambergris where there is city water, it's safe to drink. Doesn't taste great though, we drink bottled, but use tap water for coffee, ice and brushing our teeth.

We eat salads almost every day. I know my travel clinic recommends no lettuce, but, we've never had any problems.

We also eat lots of street food. Also, we eat regularly from the huge number of small delis/taco stands.

All that said, we spend extended periods of time here, our system is used to the food and water. Eat/ drink what you're comfortable with.

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Good update, Jean. We're booked for a week at Tranquility Bay at the end of our trip in August and will do our shopping in San Pedro before heading up there. On Roatán we found safe, wonderful lettuce - nice to know we can find it in San Pedro, too.

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I am with Jean eaten lot of salads and street meat over the last 6 years living here. Use tap water to brush teeth and to steam veggies. Great list Hopefulist.

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Look forward to meeting you! :-)



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