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

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Avoiding air travel sickness without Dramamine/Dimenhydrinate or other drugs

My wife is very prone to motion sickness, especially on air flights. In the past we've handled this with Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate), which helped quite a bit. Unfortunately, my wife's reaction to ...
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Best way to make my ears pop?

What is the best way to make my ears pop when landing on a plane? The hold-your-nose-and-pitch method is very painful; are there any other methods to pop ears?
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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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Travel health insurance in Europe that does not require European Health Insurance Card

I was looking for a new travel insurance policy recently for travel within Europe and what I was never aware of is that many insurance policies require you to have an European Health Insurance Card ...
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Where in Thailand should I be cautious about malaria?

We have found a magnificent offer to go with our children to Thailand. It is a two week holiday starting in Bangkok going south ending at a beach resort. It all looks very promising. A friend who is ...
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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 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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Cutting pain under eyebrow on plane landing

Since last couple of years I've started experiencing pretty severe cutting pains in the left eyebrow region on plane landing. The strange thing is that it doesn't happen every time. I think it's like ...
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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 ...
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Do you have to declare medications that are controlled substances when travelling via plane internationally?

Specifically, Concerta/Ritalin? And if so, how would I go about the process of declaring them? I'm travelling to Norway, by the way, but highly generalizable answers are also helpful.
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Do you get any protection from an incomplete vaccine series? [closed]

The Hepatitis B vaccine series requires 3 shots and Hepatitis A vaccine requires 2 shots. The last dose in both vaccines takes place 6 months after the first dose, so some people don't get the last ...
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English medical records in a Spanish-speaking country?

I'm travelling to Uruguay - the main language is Spanish. I'm planning on taking a physical copy of my medical records with me, in the event of an emergency. (These records can be obtained through my ...
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Primary vs. secondary coverage for someone without health insurance? [duplicate]

What is the difference between primary and secondary coverage on a travel policy for someone who does not have primary health care? Is there any difference whatsoever (in terms of claims and/or ...
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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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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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How do you find out whether or not certain vitamins are legal or bring into a country?

How do you find out whether or not certain over the counter vitamins in the U.S. are legal or bring into another country? Specifically Vietnam?
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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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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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How can I visit Chernobyl?

I have heard that it's possible to visit Chernobyl as a tourist (and some questions here on Travel bear this out, asking if it's safe to do so.) I'd like to visit it. What do I need to know to do so ...
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Is travelling to Chernobyl safe for tourists?

Recently I read in my Lonely Planet and on some news site like for example this one, that the site of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe is open for tourists. There are also tour operators that offer ...
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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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Do I need to have gone to travel clinic before applying for Brazil Visa (visa type 1)?

I haven't been to any of the listed places that require a Yellow fever vaccination. So do I need to show proof of visiting a travel clinic to apply for my visa? The website of the Chicago consulate ...
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Preventing sea sickness?

I come from a land locked place (in Canada) where there are no oceans around and just lakes. Whenever I go on a boat in a lake in Canada, I never get seasick and I feel fine. Sometimes when I come to ...
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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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Travel insurance to USA [duplicate]

I am planning to travel to USA for a short stay, around 2 months. I think it will be better to buy a little travel insurance in case I feel sick or anything. However, I have no idea about where to buy ...
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How does one recover from a (personal) disaster while abroad, travel-wise?

I was watching the Bond flick Die Another Day last night. In it, Bond ends up in terrible shape, but manages to escape to the shores of Hong Kong, where he strolls into the lobby of a swanky hotel, is ...
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Biking tour in Russia

I am from Turkey and planning a bike tour in Russia and in Ukraine. I'll ride from Sochi to Yalta by using the Sochi - Anapa - Rostov on Don - Mariupol - Yalta destination. Is this route secure and ...
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Do I need a vaccine for the Meningitis to go to Peru?

I'm going to Peru, and maybe Bolivia and Chile in April. I've been suggested to do a Meningitis vaccine. Is it recommended ? I come from Europe.
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Do official health agencies recommend getting the “Japanese Brain Fever” vaccine for travel to Japan?

I will be spending four weeks in Japan, visiting all of the "main islands" except for Hokkaido. Some of the activities would be hiking across the woods and mountains as well. The vaccine is for ...
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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 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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Is it necessary to buy travel health insurance for my trip to South America? [closed]

I'm going to travel in South America (Peru, Bolivia & Chile) for a month. Is travel health insurance necessary / a requirement? I mean those kind of insurances for emergencies, so that if I ...
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What first aid material and medicines are absolutely essential when traveling?

When you arrive into a new place / city country / etc. it can be difficult to find some essential goods. Everything is new. First aid material and medicines are sometimes forgotten when planning a ...
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How well are allergies understood in Bhutan?

I have oral allergy syndrome and I'm going to be traveling to Bhutan in fall. I've encountered a very wide range of attitudes towards allergies in different countries, from totally getting it to ...
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Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?

Sources seem to differ on what precautions are required. Is there an authoritative source I can check, or is it better to drug-up anyway (or not to)?
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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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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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Taking large amounts of strong medications on holiday

Not quite narcotics, but not far off. I'm hoping to go on holiday soon with someone that suffers from major depression and anxiety. She's on a daily dose of a strong anti-psychotic (not quite ...
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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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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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Is there an effective insect repellent than can be used indoors?

When I travel, I find myself getting bitten by mosquitoes not when I'm outside hiking, but when I'm inside eating or relaxing or otherwise sitting still. All the recommended insect repellents I've ...
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What happens if you become seriously ill during a flight?

I've read about people getting sick on-board a flight (or worse) - say a heart attack, or choking, or seizures or something that really requires urgent medical attention that isn't available from the ...
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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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When visiting urban areas in Australia, do I need to be worried about deadly insects / animals?

Australia is known to have more than its fair share of deadly insects and animals. These would obviously be a concern when, say, you're off in the wilderness but is there any reason to be worried ...
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Are there any tours or opportunities available to the public where one can see Cherenkov Radiation?

Cherenkov Radiation (in my layman's understanding) is a blue light that appears when particles with an electric charge go through a medium faster than the speed of light in that medium. I regularly ...
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What are safe uses of non-potable water?

While traveling, you come across many different levels of water safety. In some countries you can drink the tap water, and in others you should avoid it at all costs. Where do you draw the line when ...
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I am travelling to Austria for 6 months, is there any travel/health insurance I could get if I have a European (Spanish) passport?

I'm a 25 year old Uruguayan who will be living in Austria for 3 to 6 months. I have a European passport/nationality (Spanish). I am in the process of getting health/travel insurance here, but all the ...
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Can I take motion sickness drugs with me that contain dimenhydratine, or can it be bought at the destination?

I have moderate motion sickness, especially in non-climatised buses, and the drugs that are working very well for me are those containing dimenhydratine. Is this substance legal in Georgia? Can I ...