When planning our travels abroad we like to pre-empt as many disastrous eventualities as possible: lost luggage, delayed flights, the need for emergency assistance… the list goes on. One scenario that is often neglected in the lead up to travelling, however, is contracting a stomach or intestinal infection—or more bluntly, Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD).

Traveler’s diarrhea (TD) is surprisingly common: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 10 million people (between 20 and 50% of international travelers) develop TD each year. Although TD is rarely serious or life threatening, its symptoms are synonymous with tales of ruined vacations and missed events.

It seems a widely accepted belief among travelers that TD is something you can’t really avoid: that chances are, you’ll get it at some point. And while the odds are stacked against you when visiting countries with poor sanitation and hygiene standards, such as the developing nations of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the risk is present everywhere.

Fortunately, there’s a way you can insure yourself against this uncomfortable and embarrassing affliction. It comes in the form of a packet of cost effective product called Travelan.

Travelan’s active ingredient, Bovine Colostrum Powder, is rich in antibodies that bind to the harmful strains of E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing them from attaching to the intestinal wall – thereby neutralizing their ability to cause diarrhea and its associated symptoms.

Being the only pre-emptive treatment for TD on the market, Travelan offers an intuitive solution for combating the risks of eating abroad by allowing travelers to prepare for eventualities. In principal it’s like gauging the weather and taking a rain coat out with you – it may not rain, but if it does, you’ll be ready. You may not come into contact with tainted food on your trip, but is it worth taking the risk when a simple, affordable and preemptive solution is close at hand?

So the next time you’re packing your bags and considering the weather and your wardrobe requirements on the opposite side of the globe, consider insuring yourself against potential infection by taking Travelan.