Mind your hygiene: Food safety and hygiene can be one of the biggest concerns for all travelers, but for the athlete tainted food is doubly devastating. I have experienced much misery in this department. Sometimes, even when you carefully follow all the usual traveler guidelines for food safety and precaution, there is a bit of luck—good and bad—involved in what sorts of bugs you encounter. When I fly somewhere new for a race, I always use caution when it comes to drinking local water, and I aim to maintain healthy gut bugs through good nutrition and the use of active yogurt cultures or probiotic tablets such as acidophilus. If you are heading overseas and deem it necessary to drink bottled water, it is always a good idea to confirm that it is spring water and not just filtered local water.