Travelling with a few emergency rations is a good idea. A simple high energy bar found in the bottom of your day sack when you arrive in the middle of nowhere with no shops and you are hungry becomes the best meal you ever had!
Its also worth having a few packet noodles that just need boiling water added, they are perfect for after a stomach upset and they are replaceable from most city supermarkets. Carrying and using your own cup, plate and cutlery goes a long way to keeping away stomach bugs. The washing up water in many cafes and street vendors is filthy and reused all day.
A set of mess tins is very useful if you plan to go on a weekend trek. You can boil water and cook in them over an open fire and they are great for storing bits and pieces in your rucksack.
It’s not just the food and water that can carry germs. When sampling the local dishes, especially on the street where washing up water is in short supply, carry your own spoon and avoid those nasties that may be lurking on the utensils.
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