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

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Is there an EU law that a hotel can't kick you out if you're sick?

Someone told me that there was an EU law that said that if a doctor certifies you as sick (to some degree) and you're staying in a hotel, that the hotel cannot kick you out of the room. Update Just ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Nicaragua?

When looking through travel guides and websites, I often see the statement that tap water is not safe in Nicaragua. For example, the US State Department says: Tap water is not considered safe in ...
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Gluten-free eating in Peru

For travellers going to Peru, I imagine from what I've seen there that being gluten-intolerant (or even vegetarian) may be quite difficult. Are there any local foods and meals readily available ...
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Is MSG prevelent in Malaysian food?

I've got a trip up-coming to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yay! But I have a severe allergy to monosodium glutamate (MSG). Boo! It triggers severe migraines so I normally avoid it at all costs, but that's ...
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Some travel forms ask if I've visited Africa recently. What restrictions might I encounter due to my travel to Africa?

I know that I may be ineligible to donate blood (in the United States, at least) for a certain period of time after travelling to Africa (from my research, mainly because of presence of malaria, but ...
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Claustrophobic - travelling for the first time long RSA to USA

I am trying my best to prepare for my upcoming flight to the USA, the trip is all under control, its just the flight that I'm terrified of. I am very claustrophobic and do not even ride in elevators, ...
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How can I translate medicines?

I know that if I have stomach issues I can take an Enterogermina or an Imodium if things get severe. I know that if I have throat ache, I can take a Benagol. I know that if I have a strong headache a ...
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Drinking tap water in India

I ordered SteriPEN before I started my India trip but unfortunately it didn't arrive in time. I'm only drinking bottled water here but am interested whether tap water in train stations and some ...
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Any special way to mark penicillin allergy on my passport?

I'm allergic to penicillin, the antibiotic. I just got a new (European) passport. Is there some 'best practices'/common way to mark this allergy on my passport? I filled in the emergency contact & ...
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Finding drinkable water while travelling

I tend to get dehydrated rather easily, a problem that is compounded when I travel to locations where the water is unsafe/unfamiliar for me. I often seem to find myself having to choose between ...
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How to avoid getting motion sickness?

My travel mate has a big problem when we are traveling together. He gets travel sick very fast. Obviously there are medicament which you can take to avoid it, but aren't there any other ways to avoid ...
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How to cope with dry hands and cracking skin when travelling in cold locations?

So I'm from a pretty warm country, Australia but now I've spent my first month in cold Tbilisi Georgia and I lack the local know-how and intuition of how to cope with some aspects of cold winters. I ...
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Can I get vaccinated in another country?

I am planning a trip to Asia with no ending date or 100% certain plan on which countries I will visit. There is also a chance I will continue to North America and Europe depending on how things go. ...
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Precautions taking the Tren a las Nubes

I would really like to once ride with the tren a las Nubes. Wikipedia says the tour takes 15 hours, but I can't find any information on where to buy tickets and if reservation is necessary. And how ...
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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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What happens if you get malaria?

This may be more of a health question than a travel question, but it definitely applies to travelers to many parts of the world. If someone gets malaria (either through not taking preventative pills ...
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Travel insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition

I have ulcerative collitis. It's not particularly bad. I'm trying to get travel insurance for two different holidays (one to the US and one to china/japan). Unfortunately having ulcerative collitis ...
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Do I need to take any precautions regarding smog when travelling?

Recently, Beijing had issues with severe smog. I understand that too much smog can be unhealthy, but also that the likelihood of possible damage is probably related with the exposure time. For ...
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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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Are there any medical conditions I should be expecting after years of air-travel?

Many people (including me) travel a lot by planes, sometimes 3-6 times a month or even more some thing around 30+ hours of actual flying time but I have done 70+ hours per month for 7 years when I was ...
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Is the tapwater safe to drink in Albania generally and Shkodër specifically?

So I've arrived in Shkodër, Albania. If there are other tourists here they're all hiding. I don't have a guidebook and wikitravel doesn't tell me. Can I drink the water from the tap like in nearby ...
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For fear of flying is drinking alcohol a healthier option than pills?

I have a series of flights ahead of me and I have a fear of flying. I usually drink in excess prior to boarding. I have had people recommend pills. I have also heard a mix of opinions on which option ...
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How should I schedule my medication when traveling through multiple time zones?

Suppose that I have to take some medication three times a day. One in the morning, one at lunch and one during dinner. Now when I take a plane to go to vacation and cross multiple time zones, how ...
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Can I take my liquid medication on a plane?

If I am taking a liquid medicine, but is over the ounces for a flight, will they still let me take it on a plane?
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Is it possible to travel with the need for kidney dialysis?

A friend of mine needs regular kidney dialysis. Nevertheless, he loves to travel. However, during the last years, he wasn't on holidays, because of the regular need to go to a clinic for the dialysis. ...
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What extra benefits are there in getting travel insurance if I have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

I've got a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and only plan to travel around the EU for the foreseeable future. I read another answer that quite nicely covered the details of what the EHIC covers, ...
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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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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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Should I avoid Shanghai because of N7H9?

I am currently in Beijing and will be catching a train to Shanghai in about 12 hours. Here in Beijing the news about the N7H9 deaths are everywhere and some people advice me to try to avoid Shanghai ...
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Water tests during travelling

Bicycle.SE has a question about water safety during touring, long distance travelling with bike. It is specific to bicycles. This question is specific to touring but particularly to travelling in ...
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Can a pregnant woman travel on a cruise ship without restriction?

Are there any laws or regulations that forbid pregnant women from participating on a cruise? Or does this vary from organization to organization. If so, are there any common rules?
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Is it safe to drink bubble tea in Hong Kong?

I love bubble tea and I've seen it many places for sale while walking through Hong Kong. I've read mixed reviews on the safety of Hong Kong's tap water supply, and so I am wondering whether this is ...
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How can I go to a thermal bath in Merano?

Do I need to book a room from a hotel? Are there any public ones? What is the cost? Should I expect nudity in saunas?
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Is a chest X-ray / report required to enter the UK?

I remember that two years ago, passport holders of non-EU nationalities were required to present a chest X-ray along with accompanying report on arrival at Heathrow airport. (And if you didn't have ...
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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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How to find what are the dominant safety concerns a tourist should have in a country?

Safety concerns for tourists vary in type in countries. Some have insect concerns, eg. types of spider bites to avoid. Other countries have diseases which people should take vaccines for prior to ...
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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 it important to wear a necklace with medical history for people with medical conditions while traveling?

Is it advised for people with chronic medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.) to wear necklaces with medical history when travelling? Is it a worldwide thing to check people's necklaces ...
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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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Are flights more dangerous than bus rides?

It is usually known, that during long-haul flights some measurements must be taken to avoid veins clots. Eg.: stand up and walk once a while or take a antithrombotic shot before flight. Yet I never ...
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What is the most effective advice to avoid/minimise risk of illness when travelling in Africa?

I'm considering some trips to Africa at some point in the future and a major concern is protecting against illness. Obviously, as with other places, the continent varies a lot: cities, rural, ...
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What is the average cost of a medical evacuation?

Many travel insurance plans include coverage for medical evacuation to privately transport you to your home country if you get seriously ill while abroad. What does this type of evacuation generally ...
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What US airports don't require removing CPAP for scanning at TSA?

I've gotten a number of different responses at airports. Atlanta requires removing a CPAP, but Reagan didn't. Any others know what airports require/don't require it? (And why its inconsistent)?
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Is dengue fever still on the rise in Mexico or is it subsiding?

On my last few trips to Mexico, I met more and more people on the Oaxaca coast who had caught dengue fever. But now that I haven't been for a few years - is it less of a concern now or has it become ...
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How can I find out whether I can buy medication without a prescription in a certain country?

I have to take some medication every day, so when I go travelling I take a whole bunch of pills with me but eventually after a few months I run out. In Western Europe and North America I need a ...
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What is the difference between primary coverage and secondary coverage on a travel insurance policy?

What is the difference between primary coverage and secondary coverage on a travel insurance policy? Which is recommended for short-term travelers?
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Are anti-influenza drugs containing pseudoephedrine legal in Georgia?

Are the drugs against influenza, that contains pseudoephedrine, legal in Georgia? Can I put them into my travel first-aid kit when traveling by plane? This drugs have worked very well for me when ...
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Is it possible to build up malaria and dengue resistance?

I have heard that in countries where malaria or dengue fever are endemic, local residents have built up resistance to the diseases so that contracting them is rare or impossible. Is this true, and is ...
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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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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 ...