Do You Take Your Own Food on Holiday?


Over a third (35%) of British holidaymakers have admitted to taking British food on holiday with them. While Britain is often mocked for being unimaginative with our food at home and abroad, what is the reason behind this trend?

Food Poisoning

National Dish Abroad

With curry apparently now being the UK’s national dish, you would think that our palates are more refined than when it was fish and chips. However, the survey carried out by suggests that the most popular response was, "to save money".

We're not sure if it was an option on the survey, but in our experience, it can pay to question the hygiene standards of resorts abroad. The vast majority of people will still have a great holiday and most will perhaps try something new.

Bringing dried food from home that can be rehydrated using boiling water may seem like a failsafe way to avoid illness. The more exotic food on offer to you should be perfectly safe to eat, but remember – health and safety standards abroad can sometimes differ significantly from what you can expect here in the UK, so holidaymakers should always be cautious.

Some of the unsanitary conditions in kitchens and restaurants abroad can leave you thankful for the standards we maintain in the UK. It is easy to take for granted that your drinking water, for example, must comply with strict regulations, so it doesn't make you unwell. If you decide to take some foods that need washing or water adding to them, you should keep this in mind.

If you do come down with an illness abroad, you may find that the holiday reps will blame anything but the resorts food for your illness.

Maybe it was sunstroke?

Perhaps a restaurant outside the resort, or maybe norovirus caught from the airport?

The symptoms of sunstroke, and a holiday illness such as salmonella food poisoning are very different.

If you go to your holiday or hotel rep and they try to discredit or downplay your illness, here is what to do, as only you know for certain how you are feeling:

  • If possible take photographs or video footage of anything you feel is relevant to a holiday illness outbreak
  • Talk to other holidaymakers and swap contact details, as you may have a better chance of securing compensation if you act as a group
  • Ask if anyone will be a witness for you and obtain their contact details
  • Seek medical attention and where possible get a stool sample
  • Contact a solicitor to see where you stand with regards to a holiday illness claim

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