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

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What counts as “in original packaging” when traveling with prescription drugs?

The usual advice when traveling with prescription medicine is to bring it in the original packaging. I'm wondering exactly how strictly that is enforced. The medicine I take come in big cardboard ...
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Supplying your own needle for Blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit

For the blood test (if still required) (see Current blood test requirement for Kurdistan residency permit) can one supply one’s own needle? Details of what is involved, in medical terms, would also ...
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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 drink around 0.5 litres of beer and around 3 shots of whiskey prior to boarding and ...
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Giving First Aid in the USA

I am a qualified first-aider in the UK and as such would automatically stop to give aid to any accidents and emergencies I saw. I was watching a US show on the TV the other night where someone was ...
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Taking everyday medicine to Australia - do I need documentation for these?

I was planning a trip to Australia next month and was wondering: do I need to do anything/carry permits or prescription for everyday medicine like tylenol (acetaminophen), tums and Imodium? The ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...
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How to make an international emergency call?

I don't want to know the emergency number in case I'm IN a different country. What I want to know is, if I am, say, in France, and I know someone in Sweden needs emergent services, how can I call, ...
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Cockroaches in a Greek hotel, what can I do and what are my rights?

I stayed in a hotel on a Greek island and one morning I found a cockroach (alive) in the shower; later that day I spotted a dead one on one corner of the hall. It was pretty clear that the hotel had ...
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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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Malaria on Zanzibar

I will be traveling to Zanzibar in September for 10 days. I already have the Yellow Fever vaccination. Is it necessary to take a malaria prophylaxis or at least a stand-by vaccination? Someone told ...
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Sweets as gifts in lands untouched by modern dentistry

Lonely Planet's guide to Mongolia mentions, in a section about visiting the Tsaatan (Цаатан) people and "Do"s and "Don't"s for tourists, not to give them sweets as gifts, as there's no dentist there. ...
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Outstanding Medical Bill In U.S [duplicate]

wife went to U.S to give birth in Texas. All hospital bills paid except 2 that came late from the pathologists (total around 700$). We've tried reaching the billers from our country via telephone but ...
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Dual citizen US/Ireland need healthcare in EU [closed]

I'm the victim of a bad foot surgery here in the US. Because the patient comes about 5th in our system, I can't get the corrective surgeries I need. I reside in US but have dual citizenship with ...
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Getting a prescription inhaler as a US citizen in the UK

I'm staying in the UK (London) until the 7th of August. I have some sort of Asthma that only presents itself when I try to exercise with hay fever. I've left my inhaler stateside and I'm wondering how ...
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Flying on Easyjet with a recently broken arm - what paperwork (if any) is needed?

Someone I know managed to break their arm on Monday, and is off on holiday next week. Other than concerns about having one arm pasty-white while the other tans, and how to enjoy a beach holiday with ...
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Obtaining insulin in California as a foreign tourist

I plan to travel to California and stay more than one month. I'm an insulin-dependant Diabetic. I am able to bring enough insulin with me to last the entire duration of my visit, but the issue is I'd ...
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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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Expensive travel insurance due to my medical history [closed]

3 years ago I had a malignant melanoma removed and have had no recurrence since. However when I try to obtain travel insurance I am either refused point blank or I have to pay way over the odds. It ...
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Hearing protection on the road in China

I know it's not safe to have hearing completely blocked with earplugs while bicycling or driving. But there are a lot of vehicles on the road in China with extremely loud horns. I just had a truck ...
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Travelling with medicines

A friend of mine said that if I take a flight, I will need a statement written by a doctor that my migraine medicines (Pronaxen) are legal. Is that true? I have had flight around the Europe, like ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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Do travelers entering South Africa from Zambia need a Yellow Fever Certificate?

Zambia was known to have a risk of yellow fever but I understand that currently it has been declared yellow fever free. What I would like to know is if South Africa needs the Yellow Fever Certificate ...
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Retreat center for meditation near Frankfurt

I am looking for retreat centers for meditation in Germany and it should be a place that can be reached by train from Frankfurt. I would just like to go there for a few days without any special ...
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Travel Insurance for my parents visiting the U.S [closed]

My parents are visiting the U.S. and are planning on staying for a few months. I was wondering what are some of the (reputable /trustworthy) health insurance companies in the U.S. that can provide ...
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Strep in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I have strep throat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I've had a pretty bad fever when not taking Ibuprofen, and i have the painful swollen throat with white bacterial mats. I also have had other problems ...
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Long term travel and first aid knowledge [closed]

I started a year-ish long term travel adventure and I have been very quickly reminded how edgy situations can get when in a under developed country: I had one minor scooter accident, saw one major ...
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Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?

Swiss mountain huts often have running water (for toilets and handwashing), but usually signage that state the water is not potable for drinking. Is this sign for one's own benefit (and health), just ...
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Does staying in a windowless room have any effect on altitude sickness?

I'm planning to stay in a windowless room in La Paz, Bolivia for around 5 days. It's significantly cheaper than the comparable room with windows, and to be honest, the lack of windows for a short ...
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Bringing shoes back into Australia after visiting rural India

I'm going to be staying in a village in rural India. I've heard that quarantine is sometimes concerned about dirt possibly bringing things into the country. How likely is this to be an issue?
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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Tips on preventing illness whilst in India [duplicate]

I am going on holiday to India for 6 days and was wondering if anyone knew of any form of preventative medication which I would be able to acquire in order to try and stop some myself getting some of ...
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Can I bring vaccines (needles) in my carry on? [closed]

I have to have a few vaccines injected during my holiday, so i was wondering whether or not I can bring my vaccines with me in my carry on. There is a needle on the vaccine.
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Summer Travel: Jeju Island MERS Problems?

Maybe this is too ongoing to answer, but anyway... There seems to be travel alerts for (South, at least) Korea due to MERS at the moment. Is Jeju Island Affected As Well? What Will Summmer Travel ...
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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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To how much radiation are you exposed on a transcontinental flight?

You often hear people object to being scanned because of the "radiation" argument. I find this always quite amusing from people just being exposed to higher radiation levels during the average ...
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Use of NHS when travelling in Britain with dual citizenship

I have dual citizenship Canadian and British. I receive a British old age pension. Can I use the NHS free when spending 2 weeks holiday in UK and Spain?
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What kind of health cares do I need to have before traveling to Brazil and in Brazil?

Do I need any specific vaccinations or other kind of prophylaxis before traveling to Brazil? In Brazil are there any specific cares I should have? specifically for Dengue? I am going to Rio, but ...
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When is an International Certificate of Vaccination necessary?

I was reading an old answer that referenced the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis they carried in their passport. I've never heard of this before, despite getting several travel ...
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Over the counter pain killers in SE Asia?

We're headed to Malaysia & Singapore in a month or so. I've got arthritic knees and I know we're going to be doing a lot of walking. My knees will put up with a fair amount of this, but it can ...
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Long Term Travel - what insurances can / should I get?

I'm a freelancer in the field of software development and I'm planning to travel to different places, but also continue working. I'd expect to stay at a certain place (country) for 1-3 months. Pretty ...
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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 it safe to drink tap water in Morocco?

Over the next week I'm travelling around in Morocco and I wonder whether buying bottled water is essential or tap water is safe enough to drink. According to the Wikitravel entry: As a rule, do ...
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Do I need a rabies vaccination for Central America? [closed]

Going travelling across the whole of Central America for two months... Is it worth spending the money (around £150 - £200 in London) and the time (three appointments) getting a rabies vaccination ...
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How to avoid claustrophobia on a plane?

I am severely claustrophobic and tomorrow I have a middle seat on a plane. I need some tips on how to handle it?
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Can visiting saunas make me more prepared for heat in desert and tropics?

I am curious if it is possible to prepare my body for the heat during the African summer by visiting saunas. Would visiting humid or dry saunas on a regular basis "harden" my body for humid heat in ...
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Food Allergies in Europe

Traveling to Europe with a passenger who has a peanut allergy. I understand peanuts are not as prevalent in Europe as the US, but I was wondering if anyone has had experience dealing with this or ...
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Using squat toilets with arthritic knees

Referring to this question got me thinking (and laughing). I've used squat toilets a few times when traveling (and younger), although I try to avoid them. I grew up in the US using "normal" western ...
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What is the cheapest way for 2 Australians to travel from New Orleans (or Miami) to Cuba? [closed]

We are two Australians visiting our daughter in new Orleans. We would like to visit Cuba for a holiday. What is the cheapest way for us to get there, and is there a time limit for how long we could ...
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Avoid getting sick in India [duplicate]

I heard the horror stories about travelling in India, getting diarrhoea and sometimes even ending up with permanent health problems. How bad is it really? Can it be easily avoided with a bit of ...
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How can I estimate how much sunscreen I need to pack?

I am planning a 5 week trip to an area of the world that is very sunny does not have the same stores, nor the same selection in stores, as we have where I live I use sunscreen that is 85 SPF, 110 ...