Health and safety was a big concern for me when planning for this trip. As any of my friends and family will tell you, I don’t have the best reputation for cycling proficiency. I was in two pretty major accidents last year; one resulting in a broken arm (and pretty bruised up body) and two resulting in a helicopter life flight (the life flight was overkill and thank goodness from this accident I only suffered a bruised up body and spirit).
As a result of these accidents I wanted to take precautions. We have taken out insurance for this trip, although based on research and cost we are only taking out insurance for a few months at a time, that way you can cover the part of the world that you are in and not try to pay for cover of all countries at once. There are some really good options for cycle touring cover out there, for Europe for 3 months we used insureandgo.com. You can book this insurance online, it is relatively inexpensive (about £85 for both of us for 3 months) and it covers cycle touring for the whole of Europe.
My other advise would be to obviously where a helmet whenever you are on the bike! And get reflective clothing and good lights. We brought the following in our first aid kit.
- Sunscreen – I wear it every day!
- Contact lenses (Unfortunately I can’t live without these, I ordered 3 months supply online ahead of time. I also purchased cycling glasses with prescription lenses. I would suggest being careful with this one and trying before purchasing because cycling lenses are always curved and prescription glasses often won’t work fully with those kind of lenses.)
- Conforming bandage
- Emergency burn care
- Insect repellent
- Sterile wipes
- Surgical tape
- Refresh eye drops
- Sterile eye wash
- Tiger balm
- Vinyl gloves
- Bandaids (or plasters if your in the UK)
- Hydration tablets
- Day Nurse
- Wrist splint