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

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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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What are the best ways to prevent and/or relieve sand fly bites?

Following on from the mosquito repellent question, I would like to ask about another insect which for me is much harder to deal with, sand flies. Answering a recent question about Honduras brought ...
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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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How to find “night and day” decongestant for a head cold when there's a language barrier?

So I've been in Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a week and the temperature is now dropping below zero Celsius sometimes and I have the dubious honour of being the first in my hostel to contract a head ...
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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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Cockroaches: What can be done about them?

Personally, I have not encountered cockroaches, but I wish to know how to deal them if I do. Are there any health concerns related to them? Are they in the habit of sneaking into your bed or luggage? ...
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How far in advance to get travel vaccinations?

I will be traveling to Costa Rica and Chile over the next 6-12 months and spending 1-2 months in each country while I am there. I checked the CDC website for Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the ...
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Are there any good radiation measurement devices to recommend when traveling to places with high radiation?

Are there any good radiation measurement devices to recommend to bring along when traveling to places that have radiation level that is not suitable for a 8 hour or longer stay?
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Options for cooking own food while traveling to Canada?

I'm planning to travel to Canada on my own for about one month in British Columbia area, I'll be in Vancouver part of the time, and I'll want to see more of the area. I'm looking for options for ...
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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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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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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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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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Medical Insurance for Canadian visiting United States

My girlfriend is going to be staying with me in the USA for a few months shortly. She is a Canadian citizen. I would like to get some advice on what kind of Medical insurance (if any) we should be ...
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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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What chemical / solution / reagent are TSA agents using when they test liquids?

I was reading a news article that apparently TSA agents in the US have been randomly swabbing liquids including drinks, even purchased in the airport beyond the existing screening. It was stated that ...
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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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Allergic online resources for traveling

I and many millions more are allergic to one thing or another. I am now wondering if there are any online resources, in English (but preferably more languages), that provide global or regional allergy ...
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Is a mosquito net strictly necessary when traveling through India in low cost accommodation?

I've been in other countries where malaria prevention is a must like Senegal or Kenya and almost all low cost accommodations include a mosquito net (sometimes broken, but in general in good ...
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What's the best survival strategy for Running With the Bulls?

The Running of the Bulls can be quite dangerous, obviously. As you're running in a narrow street, with hundreds of other inept runners, what's the best strategy for running the route with the ...
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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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Beside bringing along a N95 mask, what items should I bring when going to places that are hazy

I will be going to Malaysia this weekend for a business trip but I heard from News that there are Haze all over Malaysia and Singapore due to the forest burning in Indonesia. So, beside bringing ...
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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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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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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 someone dies on board a plane?

This may sound like a stupid question, but I'm really curious about that: What happens if a passenger dies on board a plane? I once read that the person is just covered with a sheet or something like ...
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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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Prescriptions in checked luggage: ok when travelling to Spain?

Can I pack my physeptone tablets in my checked luggage instead of my hand luggage? I'm flying to Spain / Majorca and don't want the people I'm going with to see the medication.
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Health retreats in Japan

I am looking for health retreats in Japan. Specifically places that offer meditation (not necessarily zen), healthy food, a relaxing environment and beautiful scenery. I would like to stay somewhere ...
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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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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 ...
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Mountain rescue and medical care in Georgia?

How does using the mountain rescue and medical care services (in case of emergency) work in Georgia? Is buying insurance required for an EU citizen? If so, how and where can I buy such insurance? I'm ...
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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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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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Can I buy malaria medication in India?

In question 'Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?' we discussed whether it is necessary to take any medication. So if one has decided to take the pills, is it possible ...
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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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Required vaccinations for Eastern Europe

What vaccinations and medicines are required for travel to Eastern Europe?
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Options for Cooking while visiting Australia

I asked a similar question about Canada and was advised to make a separate one for Australia. I'm planning to travel to Australia on my own for about one month - two months, I'll be in Melbourne area ...
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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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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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Required vaccinations for New Zealand

Are there any required vaccines to travel to New Zealand?
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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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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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What do hotels (in the US) do to control and erradicate bed bugs? How good are they?

Related to this question. I've moved into a telecommuting position that requires me to travel to the worksite once or twice a month and stay in a hotel. One of the things I'm paranoid about is staying ...
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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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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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Beijng Capital International Airport with asthma

We're considering taking a flight in August that connects in Beijing. One of us has mild asthma (usually well controlled) and other health problems that could get worse if the asthma is aggravated. ...
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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 “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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Need malaria medication for Rajasthan in July / August?

I am going to Delhi and various towns in Rajasthan this summer. This part of India is usually low risk but then again, it will be monsoon season. I've been to see my GP who says it's a none to low ...