So everybody poops. No matter where you are in the world, this truth bomb of a statement shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to you. One of the biggest worries that people have when travelling to a foreign destination is not the matter of will I or won’t I poop but what happens when I poop too much? When the dreaded Delhi Belly hits.I won’t lie to you, I’ve been there before. I’ve felt the rumble of the tummy jungle, the heat wave that goes all the way to my eyebrows and the fastest dash to the bathroom that you’ve ever seen.
No one is immune to getting travellers’ diarrhoea. For most people it is inevitable that at some point you will have very different bowel movements. Now some of this may be associated with a change in diet and the local bacteria. In most cases this is nothing to be worried about but just another travel thing to be aware of. However there are the more serious cases that transform from a tummy rumble to the dreaded travellers diarrhea.
So rather than sit around and hope for the best, I’ve joined the team at Travelan to bring you this helpful article on taking care of travel business.
Taking care of travel business with Travelan
Which is my polite way of saying how not to poop yourself whilst travelling.
Prevention is better than cure.
Travelan is a unique and affordable product to take along on your travels to help prevent the onset of travellers diarrhoea. You don’t need a script to buy Travelan, which for me is a super perk as seeing my local GP is a minimum cost of $80. I was able to walk into my local Chemist Warehouse and grab a box from the probiotics/travel area.
Taking Travelan is superbly simple.
Take one Travelan caplet before each meal with bottled water and it will lay within your gastrointestinal tract, neutralising any bad bacteria before they can make you sick.
Legit that simple my friends.
How does Travelan work?
Travelan’s active ingredient is Hyperimmune Bovine Colostrum enriched with anti-E.coli antibodies to prevent infection of bacteria that frequently causes traveller’s diarrhoea.
If you like science and would like to read about the clinical trials around Travelan read all about it here.
Travelan contains bovine products – so sadly it isn’t vegan friendly.
Travelan contains milk protein, lactose and glucose. So sadly it also isn’t LOW FODMAP friendly however it is gluten free. So a win for the coeliacs.
Why bother taking Travelan?
Because I said so. Done. Well that would and actually still is my Mum’s response to annoying questions that I ask her. Some of you may remember back in 2016 when I went to Myanmar and I decided that partying during Thingyan in Mandalay was like the best idea ever. And then the days of pain, fever and nausea leading up to our Hsi Paw adventure. If you missed that barrel of laughs here’s a rundown – I was too ill to go on an overnight hike in the mountains. The number 1 activity that I wanted to do in Myanmar. Not only did I miss out on the hike but I also had to stumble to the Dr’s in 40c heat (110F) for treatment as the religious festivities meant no one was around to help. The Dr was concerned and considered having me airlifted and transported to Singapore for treatment if I didn’t mend with some fairly hardcore drugs he gave me. Thankfully the medical intervention worked, I was able to complete the last week of my trip and get home safely. Only to have 12 months of tummy troubles on the rough road to recovery.
Seriously prevention is better than any cure, as the effects of travellers diarrhoea can be long term.
All the things that I ate in India that didn’t make me poop myself.
I took Travelan with me on my super express trip to attend the Kumbh Mela in India. A trip where I really didn’t have time to be needing some extended toilet time. I had decided to risk it all though, just for you guys and a good story, and I ate everything that was put in front of me. Street food, lassi, jellibe, Lucknow Kebabs, chai on the river Ganges. Pretty much anytime someone offered me food I was at the front of the line ready to snack.
And Travelan worked for me. With the change in diet, loads of spicy and deep fried foods I did have a bit of bloating but otherwise I felt fairly fine and dandy. Not everyone on this trip was as fortunate as me, with there being a few emergency bus stops happening along the road.
Will I take Travelan again?
Yes indeedy I will and yes I have! Since my first trip to India I’ve done two trips to Nepal, hiking around the mountains on the Mohara Dande trek, a jungle safari in Chitwan and some really amazing street food. No tummy troubles, I didn’t need an emergency jungle poo or any of those other fun things that no one want to hear about. Which is better then my travelling companions who didn’t find it as pleasant an experience.
Where to buy Travelan?
The easiest places to buy Travelan are;
Online – Chemist Warehouse or the Travelan website for Australian & New Zealand readers
Amazon for our American & Canadian friends.
Instore at selected pharmacies.
I am not a Dr. I am not medically trained past fundamental lifesaving first aid and a lifelong experience of adventure mishaps. If you have a serious case of travellers diarrhoea GO SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE immediately. If you are unsure if you should take this product with you, make an appointment with your GP and ask away
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I’ve been taking Travelan with me on many holidays in South-East Asia over the last 5 years and have never had any serious tummy troubles. On a few occasions, I’ve forgotten to bring the tablets out with me on day trips but have eaten street food and have felt the ominous signs of a rumbling tummy and an onset of nausea about an hour or two after the meal. I immediately rushed back to the hotel and took 2-3 tablets, and within 20 minutes, the symptoms were gone. Amazing how Travelan works so quickly if you forget to take a tablet before meals.
Still cracking up at your introduction lol – out of all things, a messed up stomach was always one of my biggest fears when I started traveling internationally. Luckily, I have yet to have a bad experience, but I definitely take precautions to avoid it as much as possible.
Amazing ! I have never heard from this. I usually travel with chewing tablets of peptobismol. They did not help in Cuba when I had a bad reaction to a piña colada but, I other than that never had to use them either. I hope when I do order the Travelan the post company doesn’t make it an issue to get it out.
I’ve never considered taking something preventative for this, but this actually sounds sort of incredible– I’ll definitely keep it in mind when I (finally) plan a trip to southeast Asia!
This is actually super helpful! I have had stomach issues strike at the worst of times- in the middle of national parks, on quiet roads with no bathrooms in sight, and in busy cities with no public bathrooms. Will be saving this for my next trips!
I’ve never heard of Travelan before, good to know there are options. I’m not sure I would take it because of having milk in it and being lactose intolerant but it might work for other people! Definitely one of those things that can be a vacation ruiner. Thanks for sharing!
Love your honesty in this post!! Glad you talked about the struggle because this is a great tip! We’ve been traveling a lot lately and all the different cuisines definitely take a toll on the body. We’re going to buy some travelan asap! Thanks for the recommendation!
Lol, this post made me laugh…I have never had this problem on travel…although I havenever been out of North America..I will remember this for when I travel abroad soon.
Oh you definitely need to get out of America and see the world
Well, this was a really helpful post, I’ve never heard of Travelan, but if it helped you in India and you were able to eat street food and lassis no problem then it sounds like it’s a great product. I’ll chat with my doctor on my next visit and get their two cents. Thanks!
I would definitely consider taking this for visits to countries like India etc., where I’m not used to the cuisine and my stomach may react. You can never be too prepared!
I am super stoked that I stumbled onto your post. I always have digestive issues when traveling (sensitive tummy here!) and instead of taking Immodium all the time, I feel like this is the answer to my anxieties when it comes to traveler’s diarrhea. Thank you so much for the review!