The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday will recommend that you pack your food and other personal items into a backpack instead of a suitcase.
The FDA is making this recommendation because the bag worms that can cause the most food poisoning in people under age 25 can also spread quickly to people with weakened immune systems, especially in people who have weakened immune system.
The agency also says that backpackers may be at higher risk of food poisoning, including people who are traveling alone.
“We’re concerned that backpack travelers may be exposed to higher levels of foodborne illness when they travel without personal protective equipment,” said Dr. Richard Shoup, the FDA’s acting director.
“The Food and Drugs Administration (FFD) believes that backpacker travelers are particularly vulnerable to the foodborne pathogen foodborne Salmonella, which has been shown to cause more severe disease in backpackers than those who are more familiar with the disease.”
The FDA recommends backpackers pack only water and nonperishable food items.
The recommended bag sizes vary depending on the type of food.
Travelers should also consider carrying water- and non-perishable water, as well as snacks, water bottles, food, and any other food items that can easily be swept into a bag.
Traveler should also limit their water and waterborne items to no more than 2 liters per person, and limit nonperishables to no less than 2.5 ounces per person.
Travel to areas with a warmer climate or more rain and snow should be avoided, as the food can easily pass through these conditions, said Dr Shoup.
If you are traveling on the east coast, a winter jacket and gloves are recommended for the coldest parts of the country, including the Northeast, Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest, according to the FDA.
You should also stay away from food and drink that contains salmonella.
Travel with a buddy or a trusted friend, especially if you have any history of food-borne illness, said Shoup.
“In a lot of cases, you don’t know exactly what you’re getting into.
But you’re not going to feel like you’re really safe,” said Shonton.
If there are any questions, call the Food and Poisoning Prevention Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.