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Preparing for your Adventure
Some useful health information and contacts to take a look at when planning your trip.
When planning your overland journey, one of the key points you will need to consider is your health. From country to country and according to your individual circumstances, vaccination and health requirements vary quite considerably. It’s important to make sure you check up on the relevant details with a reputable and established health organisation or your GP / Local travel clinic.
Recommended Health Organisations:
Below we have collaborated a few helpful starter points to look into when arranging your personal health care for your travel:
Visit the Docs. Take a trip to your doctors for a general check up! Making sure everything is ticketyboo is always a good start to your trip. For the ladies be sure you are up to date with any smear tests and won’t be missing any whilst away! Whilst you’re there it’s a good time and to ask for any prescriptions you may need in advance and any advice on vaccination requirements. Some doctors will be able to book you in for various vaccinations at the surgery but for others you may need to visit your local health travel clinic.
Vaccinations. As mentioned above, make a few quick calls to confirm what it is you’re needing in advance and the length of time it will take to have the full course to complete the vaccination. Some can take up to 5 weeks + with 3 to 4 visits! Time to get yourself booked in! The above links should be able to provide you with the relevant contact details and information on relevant vaccinations.
Visit the Dentist. Tooth ache sucks! A quick visit and sit down in The Chair will help forecast any potential mouth problems which you can sort before you’re off.
Insurance. Being covered for any medical needs when travelling can save you from getting big bills or even missing out on receiving the treatment you may need. To find out more about insurance, take a look at our insurance page here.
Get fit for the purpose of your trip. Being physically healthy is pretty important when travelling, especially if you plan on exerting yourself to the extreme be it rock climbing, trekking, motorbiking difficult terrains, cycling etc. If you can, speak to a physical trainer and get a professional plan drawn up for your specific needs. Also, ask for a fitness plan to have WHILST travelling. It’s so easy to get out of shape when travelling so get into a routine before you go and it will be easier to maintain whilst you’re on the move.
Mind over Matter. So you’re physically shipshape, but be sure to be mentally geared for your trip. All the preparation and excitement, changes, applications, saying goodbyes etc can become overwhelming so be sure to set some you time aside for you to switch off from it all. Be prepared that your adventure will put you in situations you may have never been in and may push you to your limits, cause stress, make you miss home and generally have the blues. It’s okay to be like this but make sure you have someone to talk to and if things get tough it’s fine to come home or seek help!
First Aid Kit. When you're ready to set off, it's always handy to have a first aid kit packed and suggest carrying a small air tight tuppaware box containing any day-to-day medication. This can then stay in your rucksack/hand luggage at all times in case of an emergency or if you get separated from your main luggage.
Remember – always check the use by date before throwing it in the bag!
Importantly - check what medication and quantities you are legally allowed to take in to the countries you are visiting! Some countries have different regulations to others so it’s always worth checking in advance by contacting the relevant Foreign Embassies to discuss.
List of Foreign Embassies:
We recommend keeping a list of current prescriptions written down, any health issues which would be vital in case of an emergency and your blood type. Keep these stored in your wallet and if you can wear your blood type on a handy wrist band!
Please note we are not a medical authority and can only provide guidance or suggestions. Always follow up any advice given with the relevant medical authorities prior to any action you take to ensure you have the most up to date and relevant advice that is suitable to your individual needs.
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