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4 Water Safety Tips to Remember in Mombasa

safety-firstWhen you travel to a foreign country like Kenya, you have probably heard advisements about the water. It’s a good idea not to drink the tap water in these countries. It has nothing to do with cleanliness or sanitation. It has to do with the bacteria that is found in the water itself.

A person who grew up and spent all of their time in Kenya would also be advised not to drink the tap water from your neighborhood. That doesn’t mean you’re tap water is dirty. It simply means there is different bacteria in the water that the other person is not used to.

As you grow up and spend more time in the same area, your body begins to develop defenses to certain bacteria. Since you don’t have any prior exposure to the bacteria found in water in foreign countries, it’s a good idea to pay attention to these four water safety tips.

1. Drink bottled water. This may be an added expense, but it’s well worth it. The last thing you want to do is spend the majority of your vacation time in Mombasa laid up in bed groaning because of your stomach pains.

2. Avoid spending too much time in the Indian Ocean. When you spend a lot of time in the ocean waters, snorkeling around, you can become dehydrated quickly. Make sure you drink plenty of water when outside in this tropical destination.

3. Alcohol is not a substitute for water. If you drink alcohol your body is becoming dehydrated. Just because you drink several more beverages doesn’t mean you’re getting the proper level of hydration you need.

4. Spending time in the pool isn’t helping you when it comes to dehydration. Just like the ocean, you may feel as though you are plenty hydrated because you are bobbing up and down in the pool, but you still need to drink water. Just make sure it is bottled water so you remain healthy for your entire trip.