Preventing illness and injury while travelling and how to deal with them if they do occur.

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Travelling to the US with codeine-based medicines

I'm travelling to the US next month, and I'd like to take my codeine-based painkillers with me. In the UK these are available without a prescription, over the counter from a pharmacist. (It isn't just ...
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Ear protection on long flights?

I have a pair of noise cancelling headphones which I love very much. Putting them on during a long haul flight and keeping them on most of the time leaves me significantly less tense and more relaxed ...
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Insurance for travel to the USA while pregnant

I'm five weeks pregnant and accompanying my husband to the USA for two months. Can I get medical insurance? If so, what companies, premiums and coverage?
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Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?

"Is there a doctor on board"? Who hasn't heard this announcement while flying, specially long distance. I once talk to an American medical doctor on a non-American carrier who told me he tries to ...
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Ivory Coast, Africa: What diseases tend to occur there?

I have been doing a project as part of my virus research and traveling to where each form of a certain virus originated. My first destination is the Tai Forest. I am curious on what diseases, ...
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If I manage a trip drinking a little bit of local water without Delhi Belly, am I now fine in future?

I'm just back from a trip to Bangalore, which is one of those places where you risk Delhi Belly (or whatever the Bangalore local equivalent is!). On previous trips, I've sadly ended up affected by it. ...
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Vaccination for Nepal

I'm intending to go to Nepal (specifically Kathmandu and Pokhara) for 19 days trip, starting on 4th of April. After some research I've found that it's common to take vaccinations for Hepatitus A and ...
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Compact, portable alternative to a bathroom scale

I'm not a complete health nut, but I do like to monitor my body weight. I used to weigh myself daily on a cheap (read: not entirely accurate) bathroom scale. Now that I'm traveling, it's completely ...
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Just what is unhealthy in the water in Mexico?

I've looked everywhere from guidebooks to the CDC website, but haven't been able to find out what is in the water in Mexico that makes it unhealthy to drink. I'm asking because my backpacking water ...
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Is the water clean in Manila?

It seems like a silly question for most of my travels, as I 'll be in a hotel, but I will travel a little bit.
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Is it safe to drink water with strong chlorine smell?

Are there any health issues with drinking heavily chlorinated water? During a recent trip to Australia (Queensland, NSW), virtually all tap water I found had a very strong chlorine smell and taste. I ...
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How to stay informed of disease outbreaks

How can a traveler be informed of any communicable disease outbreaks in the region one is traveling to? (or the city one is in). Is there an app/radio station that keeps a track of these outbreaks? ...
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Air travel in Canada with a medical implant

I understand there's some official card I need to go through airport security with metal in my leg. How do I apply for that? I don't know where to begin.
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Is yellow fever vaccine needed to travel to Europe?

I live in Brazil and I have a scheduled travel to France and Portugal. I've asked on the Portuguese consulate and they told me I wouldn't need the vaccine to enter the country. I didn't ask on the ...
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Current state of Smoking in Paris

I've been unable to find an accurate explanation of French law regarding smoking. I last visited Paris over 10 years ago, and remember it being fairly normal to be able to smoke both in bars, and on ...
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Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in coach?

Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in the non-business section these days? I recently traveled from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic (Airbus 340, if I recall ...
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Are mosquito nets and clothing necessary in Central and South America?

I am considering going to Central and South America during April - June. I don't know how far into the jungles I will be going, but I certainly won't be going to the Amazon this time around. Is it ...
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How do EU citizens claim healthcare bills in the Netherlands with the EHIC?

I know that when one has a European Health Insurance Card, he can get free or discharged treatment in all EU (+ few other) countries. This is quite clear. However, I'm interested in what is the ...
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Medical Exam for shipboard employees [closed]

Do you know of any specific medical conditions that may prevent someone from getting a job on a cruise ship? i did my medical and my SGPT/ALT blood test result was slightly elevated and i am a bit ...
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Travel Doctor vs GP for vaccinations

I'm about to be going to South America and I've been told vaccines can end up costing quite a lot of money (probably $300-600 per person). Just wondering, is it better (better in terms of cheaper but ...
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What are the regulations for transporting medication abroad?

This is in reference to medications, both prescription and non-prescription, not illicit drugs. Since the legality may vary on country, let's say a round trip from the US to Singapore, as an example. ...
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When traveling outside scandinavia while being intolerant to lactose, how can I still enjoy a latte? [closed]

I have been intolerant to lactose for about 10 years now. This seems to be a common problem in Sweden since there are good substitutes for all milk based products in the grocery stores nowadays. All ...
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Going to gyms in Japan

I'm planning a trip to Japan and was wanting to do a Gold's Gym there and am curious how it'd compare to a gym in the USA. So with gyms in the USA I'll often go there with a drawstring backpack with ...
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Is “gutter oil” a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
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Where can I read about the food safety ratings in restaurants in China?

At least here in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia I see posters/signs on the wall of most restaurants that seem to be issued by some government body giving a food safety rating. Only three ratings are ...
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At what age an infant can start flying?

Can a month old infant fly? Are there any health related issues prevent that or is it ok? Any restrictions from airlines I may face?
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Are there tips and tricks to overcome a fear of flying?

Are there tips and tricks for people with fear of flying that can makes them have a more pleasant experience when flying? I know drugs can do magic, and we've previously had debate on pills vs ...
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How can I measure and log the amount of radiation while being on a plane?

I am a sensorophile. I like to measure and keep logs of anything. Sometimes it is even pathetic to the extent that I am really disappointed if I am not able to read the registration codes of a plane I ...
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Travelling while afflicted with Delhi Belly?

We've got a great existing question on how to avoid Delhi Belly, but what happens if you're afflicted with it but still need to travel? For example, you have a non-changeable travel booking, or your ...
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What are the risks drinking tap water in Laos?

Currently travelling in Laos, we are asking ourselves whether we should drink tap water or not? Could it potentially be dangerous or is it just a matter of a short and light sick? As I am currently ...
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What should I do to avoid ear pain when flying?

I always feel a pain in my ears when flying. Specially when descending. The last time I had extreme pain, feeling it inclusive around my eye balls. It felt like someone was touching the eye and ...
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Is there any way to avoid clammy hands/face on a long trip?

Long travel days often leave me with a sort of clammy feeling... My hands and face, especially, feel icky/sweaty/gross. Simply washing my hands and face will generally only lead to a temporary ...
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Should I avoid Shanghai because of air quality problems?

I have seen a number of reports and pictures of the current problems in Shanghai due to air quality. Is it dangerous enough that I should stay away? I am scheduled to spend three days there teaching a ...
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Is it legally required for visitors to Jamaica to have certain vaccinations in order to enter the country?

Is it legally required for visitors to Jamaica to have certain vaccinations in order to enter the country? (Say I'm from one of the more affluent parts of the world.)
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How to deal with travel excitement? [closed]

How does one usually deal with excitement about travel, prior to travel ? A lot of people feel them butterflies in their stomach before a big travel is coming up. Is there an effective way to put ...
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How can I get health insurance to travel through Europe?

I'm a Brazilian living in Germany and I need new health insurance for fifteen days of traveling trough Europe (Netherlands, UK, France and Italy). What is the best option to choose?
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Is there an international standard for medical prescriptions, you can carry around and show to any pharmacy?

I have a condition that only sometimes needs medication, most of the time not. My doctor gave me a set of prescriptions I can use when the condition surfaces. I only go to the pharmacy to fetch that ...
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What medical supplies should I take with me on a walking / biking trip in New Zealand?

I plan on going to New Zealand for the summer months. I hope to hike a lot there, but also use a bike for longer distances. I assume I will be on my own in the nature for 2-3 days, then in an ...
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Where can I purchase anti venoms?

I'm going to be visiting South America next year, and doing a lot of jungle exploration. I'm thinking I need anti-venoms for the most lethal insects and reptiles. I'm in Kentucky now. I'm leaving ...
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Is there a social welfare system in Laos and is it accessible to strangers? [closed]

Is there a social welfare and especially an health care system in Laos? I'm gonna work from there for one year and my (France) employer would like to pay locals taxes or contributions, if it exists. ...
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Is health insurance obligatory in Ireland for non-job seekers/non-workers?

I live in Germany and here, if someone does not work or is NOT on jobseeker status, he or she should pay their own health insurance. Its actually illegal not paying some form of personal health ...
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What are my options on receiving medical help as a tourist sick in the NY?

I'm a Canadian citizen if that makes any difference, but I've gotten sick while being in NYC without insurance and I wanted to know what are the services, prices etc. as a tourist seeking help. Is ...
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How good are dentists in the United Kingdom? [closed]

Bit OT perhaps, but I'm toying with the idea to travel abroad to have some dental work done. I'm not after cheap... I'm not after the very best (though I'd like it to be good)... I'm after painless - ...
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Unexpected hospitalization in the EU without EHIC, am I covered?

I recently went to France. While there I suffered pain/discomfort and was hospitalized. I was given full checkout - Xray, blood test, blood pressure test and a chat with a doctor. No complaints at ...
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Is the tapwater at Walt Disney World fluoridated?

I'll be taking my daughter in a few weeks and I'm having trouble figuring out who provides the drinking water and if they add fluoride to the tap water (water consumed during drinking and eating) or ...
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Required vaccinations for New Zealand

Are there any required vaccines to travel to New Zealand?
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is 3 weeks before Travel still safe to get required vaccines? [duplicate]

I am planning travelling to central and south america this october. And going to get my vaccines 3 weeks before. Is still ok? I need to get yellow fever, hep a and b malaria etc. Is it also essential ...
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Is it safe to use earbuds in an airplane?

I like using my earbuds when in the airplane, since they provide better sound insulation than the standard economy headphones, but I've been told (I couldn't find any information confirming it though) ...
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How to deal with blisters / chafing on walking-intensive trips?

Some kinds of trips involve lots of walking: trekking and hitchhiking come to mind and I personally fall into the latter category. If you're walking in hot humid conditions or are still breaking in ...
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Is brushing your teeth in the public toilet a culture specific activity? [closed]

I have seen on a number of occasions in Australia of people brushing their teeth in a public toilet, whether it is in a library or office building. I am trying to work out whether this is something ...