Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

By Fina Scroppo

An old cliche takes on new modern meaning as bed bugs proliferate around the world  

Once upon a time, “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” was an adorable bedtime rhyme. But in recent years, the characters in this verse have taken on a whole new persona, thanks to their resurgence in hotels, hostels, inns, cruise ships, movie theatres and concert halls, as well as college dorms, hospitals, apartments and other multi-family dwellings. The once-nearly eradicated bed bug has made a whopping comeback and its prevalence is not only affecting how hotels do business, it’s also taking a bite out of travellers.

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Build Your Own First-Aid Kit

By Fina Scroppo

Plan for the worse and hope for the best. But always, always! take a first-aid kit

There's one thing Suhanki Raviandran never leaves home without: a first-aid-kit. Years ago, on a trip near Singapore, her son was badly bitten by insects. The bites were hugely problematic: not only do mosquitoes carry deadly diseases, but by scratching the bites her son also put himself at risk of serious infection in a climate where infection can accelerate if not treated quickly. To dull the intense itch and pain of bites—and limit his scratching—Suhanki applied a topical antibiotic and an insect bite anti-itch treatment she packed in her first-aid kit until they could visit a pharmacy for stronger medication suited to treat such bites in that part of the world.

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Not So Steady As It Goes

Whether on planes, trains, automobiles or boats, motion sickness can turn the dreamiest of escapes into a bloody nightmare

By Fina Scroppo

My husband, Mike, and I enjoy travelling. But before I can book a destination and plan an itinerary, there are a few things I need to remember, for my husband’s sake. I must be careful to avoid small (bumpy) plane rides and most boating activities (yes, cruise ships are out!) and arrange that he be the driver if we’re exploring terrain with a vehicle, or, at the very least that he sit in the front seat.

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Never Take Your Brain for Granted 

By Deborah Sanborn

It's mind-blowing to know that even a small bump can cause a life-threatening brain injury

Tracey Champagne tells her story like it happened yesterday. One morning, a relative a few doors down was cooking breakfast when she banged her head on a cupboard door. Not long after, she arrived at Champagne’s home feeling slightly off and a little dizzy. Champagne watched her for a while until her mother, worried about a concussion, rushed her to the hospital. It was the last time tracey ever saw her relative fully cognitive again. She died a few weeks later, at the age of 33. Doctors told her family she had a brain aneurysm—which might have stayed put for years before becoming an issue—that erupted when she hit her head on the door.

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Don't Get Caught With Your Teeth Falling Out

By Deborah Sanborn

Follow the 2 Great Rules of Good Oral Health: start young and be consistent, even when you're on the road

The growing standard in dental care is teeth so straight they’d impress a drill sergeant, and so white they glow like neon. This is not a bad thing, since it means more people are subscribing to the modern mantra of good dental health, which is that teeth are for life. For travellers, following the two key rules of care—start young and be consistent—can be an inconvenience. In the throes of adventure, flossing is hardly top of mind. Of course, that’s exactly the reason to get a thorough dental checkup before you hit the road.

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