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

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What are police procedures in France when the victim is a traveler?

I have a friend who went to France a few days ago. Now I have received the following message from a friend of hers: "Hello, I'm Amanda's friend (fictional name) and I received a call from where she ...
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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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Malaria pills needed for jungle trip in Chiang Mai?

I'm from Belgium and I'll be visiting China (Beijing & Zhangjiajie) and Thailand (Chiang Mai, Bangkok & Ko Samui) in July. I've googled something on a website my doctor gave me a year ago ...
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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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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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Required vaccinations for Eastern Europe

What vaccinations and medicines are required for travel to Eastern Europe?
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Medical coverage travelling to place of birth

Born in Ireland moved to Canada, now holds dual citizenship. Am I medically covered when travelling back home to Ireland to visit family?
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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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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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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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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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Public strikes in Kerala, India

I'm planning to visit south India in May and my itinerary includes Karnataka, Kerala and Goa. I've heard, Kerala could have random strikes for a variety of reasons. My question is whether the strikes ...
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Required vaccinations for New Zealand

Are there any required vaccines to travel to New Zealand?
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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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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 ...
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How to join the bile-high club if there's no airsick bag?

Airsickness bags are the traditional means of capturing your emissions, and indeed we have a question on this topic. Example airsickness bag, from extrapackaging.com However, in recent years it's ...
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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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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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Is there any specific destination in Southeast Asia famed for dentistry?

I've heard in the past that certain countries or cities are popular "medical tourism" destinations, but not paid a whole lot of attention. But this morning just three days before my next overlanding ...
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Titanium in Body. Should I be careful of anything? [duplicate]

I have an all titanium wire mesh underneath my eye due to a car accident. It is supposed to be MRI and X-Ray safe and I have traveled with it once before. I usually avoid informing security beforehand ...
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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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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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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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Why do I feel nauseous even before my plane ride? + Any tips?

This has only started occurring in the past 4-5 years and I'm 16. On one plane ride, I just didn't eat the right things and there was some heavy turbulence so I ended up throwing up many times. After ...
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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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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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Direct flights to USA from countries with Ebola outbreak

According to this survey 58% of Americans think there should be a travel ban on flights from countries where the Ebola has broken out. The survey doesn't make clear what a travel ban would mean, but ...
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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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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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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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Is health insurance obligatory in Ireland for non-job seekers/non-workers? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Long term travel and first aid knowledge [on hold]

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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Dual citizen US/Ireland need healthcare in EU

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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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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Visiting countries during pregnancy

Say a woman is 3-4 months pregnant. How safe and reliable is to visit countries such as Nepal or Cuba? I did some research on vaccines to be injected (Asociación de Médicos de Sanidad Exterior - ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...