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Tap water (“eau du robinet”) is always safe to drink, unless you have a sign that says otherwise (“eau non potable” is the most common), which is often the case in public bathrooms for instance. Note that in most restaurants for instance, tap water is always an option (“une carafe d’eau”). Whether it’s actually “good” is mostly a matter of taste, and of ...


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I carried my Cpap device to/from USA with no problems. I contacted the airline in advance to enquire as I'd not done this before and - like you - I was unsure of the procedure. Without any hesitation they updated my booking to two pieces of hand luggage (one medical). Cabin crew too were helpful and asked if I needed to sit near a power outlet. At TSA and in ...


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In 2017 the "linternaute" did some tests on water quality in some big French cities. They wrote an article (in French) about it. They also tested the water quality in Toulouse which seemed to be very good. Personally I would drink water from the tap throughout France, never got sick and I have been on vacation there every year in different places. A rough ...


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Contact the airlines in question. You're not the first person with such needs, and they will have special procedures in place. Most likely it'll be something like you hand over the goods to them and they make sure it gets packaged and transported for you and then handed over to you on arrival. As the medication is for a pet, the airlines' animal handling ...


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It seems to be legal to send medication to visitors in Canada, under the circumstances you specified, but I'm currently unsure which company will actually do so. If all else fails, I suggest contacting the US embassy in Canada for specific recommendations. Visitors to Canada: Visitors to Canada may bring into Canada, on their person a single course of ...


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I'm someone who has to travel with refrigerated medication too, and have done so to the USA from the UK a couple of times in the last five years. While just my experience, I've never had any issues. My procedure is: 1) the medication and ice packs go in a separate (offical looking) bag, with the sharps bin and a note from my doctor. If the medicine has any ...


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Yes, you can buy prepackaged food in convenience stores throughout India and there are many. Even in small shops you can buy prepackaged food like cakes, or ready to eat stuff etc. which you can heat up in your room. But prepackaged food in India does not mean that you will not get sick. If you want to avoid getting sick in India you have to do: Don’t ...


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You should get the advice of an immigration law attorney. You will also need a paper from the doctor saying you are too sick to travel. Per this link: Medical emergencies are exceptions to the general bar on extending VWP status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can grant extensions of VWP stays, up to 30 days more, if you are ...


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I suggest a couple of similar options requiring no cooking at all, and also avoiding having to go off-site at lunchtime. The easy option is to pick up something on the way to work from a supermarket/convenience store. You have lots of options then, for example salads, sandwiches, even microwave meals (if there's somewhere to heat them up). Some places ...


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Since I work in US on H1B visa, is it possible for me to cover my parents under the insurance provided by my employer? Probably not. This is generally only available for your spouse and dependent children, and even then, you usually can't add people to your policy at any time, only during certain times of the year or at times when your circumstances change. ...


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I highly recommend a FRIO cooling case. They are designed for this exact purpose and do not require liquids or gels to function. You have to soak the case in water for it to work, but this can be done once you are past security. This will also allow you to keep the medication on you instead of handing it over for transport. I've personally used it to bring ...


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I happened to chat about this with my doctor recently. She said that you are indeed allowed to bring a CPAP device on the plane with you, and that you really shouldn't put one in your checked luggage. The TSA confirms this, and has a short rundown of how the security screening process will go. Since the security screening equipment and plastic luggage ...


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I visit this area twice a year. Assuming you can't change your time of the year to visit - some months are better than others - unfortunately the only thing you can do is to physically limit the time you are present there. Such as flying in in the morning, having your meetings, and flying out as soon as they finish. Or hope the storm comes through right ...


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Is this a legally prescribed drug? (I am very familiar with Vyvanse.) If it is, make sure you transport the meds in the original container from the pharmacy showing your name, and the date of the prescription. Do not bring it in a baggie, hidden in your clothes, or anything like that. Customs officials have seen it all, and know every hiding place you can ...


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There are multiple restaurants nearby, mostly pubs serving pub food. At less than a mile's walking (depending on the exact location of their employment) there is Green Man and in the same area there are restaurants called Super Singhs and Darya Cafe. While it's hard to recommend food from here, I suggest you pass on these restaurants and let your friend ...


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From the Hatten Cross station, you can easily go east (away from the airport) on the Piccadilly line, which has 5-minute headways during lunch. 1 stop to Hounslow West, which has a "restaurant row" on the other side of the street, easily a dozen restaurants within a block. 2 stops to Hounslow Central, which has a small downtown right there, and a couple ...


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Yes, typically you can return food if you have not eaten any/much of it. I would never accept food that I saw someone sneeze on, and what you were told is nonsense. Frankly if I were told that I'd get up and leave, not paying the bill. Legally though I don't know if there is any requirement to "make things right" or not. Certainly if you haven't paid ...


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There are quite some people making do without a staff canteen or restaurant nearby. That's not nearly a reason to quit job without a new job lined up. Without knowing something about the location, my 2 cents from five years on a "next restaurant is far away and has only gyros" job: Eat cold lunch and warm dinner. Get a nice sandwich box, buy different ...


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There is no 7-11 in India. Convenience stores that sells pre-packaged food that can be heated up like 7/11 are rare. You can visit shopping malls in the area or hypermarket and search. They may sell it. However, noodles, bread, biscuits and other things that can be eaten right away or bit cooking is available in even the smallest store. Just a pro tip: ...


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Yeah, I do it every time I visit and have never had an issue. I see all the locals doing the same thing, the restaurants serve us tap water and the schools have drinking fountains from the same thing.


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I felt sure there would be a staff canteen or restaurant at the British Airways West Base but I found comments to the effect that it is open for short hours and serves frozen convenience food. The Green Man mentioned is on Faggs Road about half a mile from the nearest corner of the BA building, and the Duke of Wellington is slightly further on Hatton Road. ...


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In Austria, the costs for travel vaccinations are not covered by the regular health insurance, but must be paid in full by the person requesting them. Source: Austrian Government's Health Portal Not being insured should not prevent you from getting the recommended vaccinations.


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Drugstores like DM or BIPA (or hypermarkets that probably sell destilled water as well) are closed on Sundays and public holidays (and on late evenings and at night on weekdays), however, pharmacies have a coordinated system for 24/7 availability ("Bereitschaftsdienst"), which means that at least one or more pharmacies per district will be open at any given ...


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An open cut can easily be infected even without showering. Apply antibacteriological ointment and a plaster in any case. If showering, make that a waterproof plaster. If you want to wash a cut, use a sterile wipe.


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Living in Chengdu, China for a pair of years, the only thing that bothered me on especially polluted days was how it affected my eyes. If it is really thick it can be a little uncomfortable, so you would be good to carry around some eye drops to help clear your vision / head.


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According to Google Maps There is a Subway sandwich bar in the BP Petrol station on the A30 opposite Hatton Cross station. From the photos on google maps there appears to be a Costa Coffee and a Stone Willys pizza restaurant also in the petrol station, along with a couple of other brands. This is closer than Faggs Road. There is also a Tesco supermarket on ...


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Your can carry on your CPAP. As a medical device, it does not count towards your carry-on allowance. For both regular security and pre-check, the device can stay in a dedicated case. If you're carrying it in e.g. a backpack, however, it should be removed and placed in a bin.


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My wife & I each carried a CPAP machine in our carry-on luggage while traveling over the past few weeks. With TSA there wasn't even a question. One non-TSA screener asked to pull the devices out to confirm that they actually operated.


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I wasn't able to find any official airline guidance, so I went and asked a friend who has severe allergies (including peanut) what she would want people to do. The important one (don't eat things containing nuts) is obvious, but she said you'd be surprised how many people ignore it. If you see someone eating nuts on a flight where they've said not to, call ...


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