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Backpacker Magazine – March 2009
Bound for one of the globe's most exotic locales? Thrive in any environment with these tips.
Survive This: Adventure Edition
When in developing countries, all water is suspect–including the ice in that pisco sour–so stick to bottled or purified water. Too late? Best to ride it out, but over-the-counter Imodium can help. Drink an oral rehydration solution (such as Pedialyte) to replace lost fluids. For bad diarrhea, upgrade to an antibiotic, advises Dr. Christopher Sanford, author of The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health. "But if there's a fever, blood in the stool, or it's lasting more than a few days, you should see a doctor." Heading far off the beaten path? Bring a prescription antiprotozoal agent like tinidazole or nitazoxanide in case antibiotics don't cure you: It could be Giardia or cryptosporidium.
Sandstorm Middle Eastern deserts are prone to swirling maelstroms of grit and sand. If you're caught in one, wet a bandana and wrap it over your nose and mouth, link arms with other travelers, and move to higher ground–sandstorms often swirl in the lowest points of land. And don't panic; you won't be buried any deeper than your legs.