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Traveling With Pills On Flights

Do you worry about traveling with pills today with all of the security requirements, the body scans, the pat downs? You hear about the plastic bags you need to fit your liquids in for your carry-on bags, but what about pills and medications?

Don’t worry…. you can take your pills and other medications with you in your carry-on luggage, and you don’t have to worry about the plastic bag.

Pills are not liquids and do not need to go in your zip-top plastic bag. When you are traveling with pills, they should ALWAYS go in your carry-on, not in your checked luggage so you’re sure to have them with you.

In the U.S. the TSA says, “Non-liquid or gel medications of all kinds such as solid pills or inhalers are allowed through the security checkpoint once they have been screened. We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to assist with the screening process.” Airport security checks have been trying to “harmonize” their regulations for the last few years, so if you follow the rules you find in you county’s security website, you should be OK.

We generally dump all of our pills together into one container each, and we have never had a problem. We do carry copies of our prescriptions. That’s a good idea for a couple of reasons. First it provides some tangible information about the pills you are taking, and second if you lose your pills or you are delayed in your travels and need more, you may be able to get them with that prescription.

You will probably not have problems with security screenings on domestic flights or leaving a country. You are more apt to run into problems with customs if you are carrying large quantities of unmarked pills. If you are traveling with a “reasonable number” of pills, you shouldn’t have problems here either.

We haven’t…. except for the time, years ago, in Africa when an overzealous customs agent wanted to know what kind of medication was in our “Lifesaver” candies.

What about liquid medications?

Here the TSA says liquid medications (and baby formula) “are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.” This includes all prescriptions and over the counter medications including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes.

There is lots of information floating around on the internet about the best way to carry your pills. If you absolutely, positively want to avoid problems, carry them in the original containers… even over the counter pills like aspirin. Prescription medications should have the pharmacy label with your name on them.

Whether you choose to use a pill organizer, dump your pills all together like we do, or carry them in their individual original containers, traveling with pills shouldn’t be a problem if you travel with a reasonable amount.

List Of Accessible Wheelchair Hotels In Berlin By Sage Traveling

Wheelchair Accessible Berlin Hotels There are several good options for wheelchair accessible Berlin hotels for tourists. Below I have included accessibility details on several of the accessible hotels located near the major tourist sights.

Radisson Blu Hotel 4 Star Sage Accessibility

The Radisson Blu is a luxurious 5 star hotel located on the River Spree opposite Museum Island. It has level access at the entrance and roll-in showers. A taxi stand and bus stops for the number 100 and 200 busses are located in front of the hotel, making it easy to get to the other tourist sights. The Rasisson Blus accessibility features, quality, and proximity to accessible transportation make it my top recommendation out of the wheelchair accessible Berlin hotels. More accessibility details and pictures

Novotel Berlin Am Tiergarten 4 Star Sage Accessibility

The Novotel Berlin Am Tiergarten is in the former West Berlin overlooking the scenic Tiergarten Park. Twenty-seven of the rooms have roll-in showers and the entrance has level access with a motion activated door. The Tiergarten S-bahn station is located directly across the street and has an elevator. The S-bahn can quickly take you to the Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstrasse, or Alexanderplatz stationsfrom there you can walk/roll, take a bus, or take a subway to the major tourist sights.

Novotel Berlin Mitte 5 Star Sage Accessibility

The Novotel Berlin Mitte is located on the southern end of Museum Island. It has level access at the entrance with a motion-activated door as well as 21 disabled access hotel rooms with roll-in showers. The accessible bus #147 stops in front of the hotel and can take you to Gendarmenmarkt plaza and Unter den Linden street, and Friedrichstrasse S-bahn station. Bus #347 is also accessible and can take you to Potsdamer Platz and within a couple of blocks of Checkpoint Charlie. The accessible Spittelmarkt U-bahn station is a block away.

Mercure Hotel and Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 5 Star Sage Accessibility

The Mercure Hotel is located a couple of blocks northeast of Checkpoint Charlie and has accessible public transportation options nearby. The hotel has a motion-activated, flat entrance and a large accessible hotel room with a roll-in shower (I stayed in this room in February 2010). The #147 and #347 accessible bus lines are each a couple of blocks away, and the Kochstrasse and Stadtmitte accessible U-bahn stations are each around 4 blocks away.

Meli Berlin Hotel 5 Star Sage Accessibility

This is one of the few wheelchair accessible Berlin hotels that overlooks the River Spree. It is on Friedrichstrasse street north of Unter den Linden. 15 rooms have roll-in showers, and there is level access at the main entrance. The Friedrichstrasse S-bahn and U-bahn stations are across the street and the useful and accessible Bus 147 passes in front of the hotel.

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Traveling to Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria

St. Vlas – one of the youngest resort in Bulgaria, which in recent years, successfully competing with the noisy and crowded Sunny Beach. It is believed that the resort town of Sveti Vlas was formed at the site of an ancient Thracian tribes founded settlements in II. BC, and called, by some historical records, Larissa. Its present name – St. Vlas – the village was in the XIV century in honor of Veles, protector of herdsmen and traders. Legends of the Holy tell about many of persecution and torture, which he was subjected, for the sake of renouncing their faith. During the Ottoman expansion of the village called on the Turkish style, “Kucuk monastery” because of which was located in the vicinity of the village monasteries. Unfortunately, all of which were destroyed or left derelict at the turn of the XVIII century. Kept only the monastic church Blachernae and St. Andrew, which together with the set of skits make the neighborhood of the village into a significant artistic center. Today Vlas famous restored temple of St. Athanasius the Great, built in 1864-65, respectively. He was made for twenty-odd years before returning to its historical name of the village, which occurred after the unification of Bulgaria. Located at the foot of the eastern part of Stara Planina mountain range, some times to come creeping into the Black Sea coast, the resort is happy vacationers a unique cocktail of sea and mountain air is so useful for treating respiratory diseases. This is the only place in the region, where the air flow between the sea and the mountains effectively saturated with iodine ions. It is airborne natural marine aerosols has a positive effect on patients with asthma and other lung diseases, which creates an excellent reputation Sveti Vlas balneary. The coastline resort faces south and is a natural Riviera with numerous small bays, comfortable for swimming. The whole coast is divided into three separate beaches covered with fine golden sand. The biggest of them – center, about one kilometer in length and width of about 16 meters. Southern Exposure coast of St. Vlas offers spectacular views of the ancient town of Nessebar, where you can go for a walk on the sea. Use the services of local residents, walk down to the small fishing pier on the east coast of the village, or rent a yacht in the largest, at 1700 seats, the marina in Bulgaria, whose construction was completed in 2007. Those who prefer land travel will be pleasantly surprised by the excellent transport network. While in 45 minutes. drive from Bourgas International Airport (41.5 km.), 20 min. drive from the ancient town of Nessebar (10.4 km.) and only 9 minutes. drive from Sunny Beach resort (5 km). you can easily combine a stay in St. Vlas with sightseeing of ancient cities and entertainment resort villages. Buses, minibuses and taxis cheap at your service. Under the influence of the nearby Sunshine Coast, closer to the approaching St. Vlas, and the latter turns into a modern resort with numerous restaurants and entertainment venues. But unlike the noisy neighbor is quite calm and cozy atmosphere of a quiet resort, perfect for family holidays. Service features numerous private apart-hotels and villas built in recent years, allow you to enjoy relaxing on the golden beaches without the inevitable noise and crowding of large resorts. It should be added a myriad of cafes, restaurants and bars, offering guests a menu that will surprise even the most demanding gourmet. National dishes are richly represented in the restaurants “Monastery”, “Vodenitsa”, “Kambanite”, “Starata Melnitsa. Restaurant “Diamond” will amaze you with incredible views of the bay, and “Style-Bistro Veranda his inimitable interior in rustic style. Traditional Bulgarian hospitality of local people and great service fascinates and is the key to an enjoyable pastime. Crystal clear air, scenic mountain ranges, beautiful beaches, warm azure sea, modern hotels and a rich infrastructure – Saint Vlas is a small piece of paradise, charming even the most demanding guests. Visit it and take with me the unforgettable memories of a pleasant holiday in Bulgaria.

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How To Avoid Bed Bug Bites When Traveling

Anyone planning to travel should know what to do in order to avoid getting bitten by the bed bugs. The first thing is try not to ever encounter them at all if you can help it, but travelers cannot always be sure they haven’t been exposed to them so it is a good idea to always take necessary precautions whenever you are anywhere that there may be a potential for bed bugs to be nesting; such as hotel rooms, etc… to ensure that you do not get bit by these critters.

It is important to know what bed bugs look like so that you may correctly identify them if you see any. They are brownish red in color and they are small, flat and round, but not too small that you cannot see them. Bed Bugs feast on human and animal blood in order to survive and it is the only thing they are looking for. They will attach themselves to a viable host and suck the skin until their entire body inflates with blood causing them to plump up and turn completely red. You can see the blood right through their skin once they have ingested it. They are similar to a tick, or a flea, but unlike ticks, they usually won’t stay attached onto their host for very long. They will bite, suck and then move on. They leave behind red itchy welts that will usually heal in a couple of days. Since they are relatively small, their bite is not very big. As far as the bite itself, it is usually painless as well as harmless. If anything, the person who experiences a bed bug bite is more traumatized emotionally than anything else.

They like to hide out in cracks, crevices, creases, and seams, which can make them hard to find but not hard to see. Since they are good at being undetected, it has allowed them to spread and lately there has been increasing reports of bed bug bites in the US. Travelers do not realize that the bugs have found their way into their luggage and this tends to be the number one reason people carry them along onto their next destination, whether it be home, another hotel, or a family member or friends house.

The best and most effective way to avoid getting bed bug bites is to invest in a bed bug mattress cover. They are specifically designed to keep bed bugs sealed up inside the mattress and are even bite proof. This is a good idea if you anticipate traveling anywhere no matter how short the trip may be. You never know where you may find them.

These types of covers are only effective provided they are used correctly. They have to cover and seal the entire mattress making sure you do not leave the zipper open at all. it must be kept zipped while in use on a mattress. This is recommended for travel only to use on beds that are unfamiliar to you. It is not a permanent solution and therefore would not be a good idea to use them if you have bed bugs in your home. That will require a different course of action and this information is only intended for those traveling. It is also important that you clean these covers in between uses, making sure that any bed bugs trapped inside be properly exterminated and disposed of.

You have to wash the covers in very hot water or you can put the cover in a sealed plastic bag and store it in the freezer. Any bed bugs trapped inside will freeze and die, then you can simply unzip the cover and easily dispose of the dead bugs the following day. Make sure this is done between uses. Both the heat from hot water or the cold from the freezer will definitely kill bedbugs.

Sprays are also available which you can buy and use in addition to the mattress cover in order to help keep bed bugs off of you while you are asleep. Select a spray that will not irritate your skin if at all possible and check with your local outdoor gear or camping store, they should carry this product. A quite effective way to avoid any bed bug bites is to have both the mattress cover and the spray in use while sleeping in any unfamiliar bed such as in a hotel room.

The only way to prevent any bed bug bite is to to never allow them the chance to bite you in the first place. But there could be a time when you just happen to stumble across them and it is best for you to be prepared. Always carry these items with you while traveling. It’s your surest bet against getting bed bug bites.

The Essentials To Traveling In Spain

When traveling or moving to Spain, you will want to get some basic information on Spain. There are fifty provinces in the country. The countries largest metro areas are Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga , Valencia, Seville, and Bilbao. Take some time to learn about the region where you will be staying. Reading travel magazines, newspapers and information online will help you get to know the area and culture.

Here’s some information on Spain: Passports and Customs

All of the documentation you will need to display to enter the country depends on your situation. If you are from a non European Union country you will need to show a valid passport to enter Spain. Even then, residents of some countries are required to show a visa.

If you’re a Resident of countries, which are members of the European Economic Community, you’ll need to show national identification documents. A few countries residents must still show a visa with these documents. Contact the Spanish consulate in your home country if you’re not sure what you need. They’ll help you find out what you need.

Becoming familiar with the rules of customs in Spain will save you time and stress when you arrive. For personal items, such as cameras, jewelry, video equipment and similar gear there are no customs charges. Be sure to ask for a receipt for these items at customs to justify your entry with them.

Customs charges and limits on some things apply when entering the country. The limits are on items such as perfume, cigarettes, and wine. If you’ve gone over the limit, you’ll need to pay additional fees. There’s no limit on the amount of money you can bring into Spain. This can be in either Euros or foreign currency.

You can bring your pets through customs, providing that you have the proper documentation. You’ll be asked to show a certificate of origin as well as a health certificate for your pet. You’ll also be mandated to show that the pet has had all necessary vaccines, especially rabies. Your veterinarian must sign the certificates.

Here’s Information on Living in Spain and Spanish Culture

There are variations in the food. Food represents the geographic cultural history of the residents. You’ll see the influence of the Moors in some of the spices used in Spanish cuisine, for example cumin and saffron. The cultural history of the countries peasants can be seen in the delectable soups and stews, as well as in freshly grown vegetables.

A popular dish in the Valencia region is Paella. The original recipe had its beginning in the Spanish Civil War. The original recipe consisted of rabbit, homegrown veggies, and rice. Paella is still popular in this region, as well as in other.