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Depending on the nature and temperament of each individual, this step can be overlooked or seriously considered.
From our point of view it is essential to the quality and success of a cycle tour.
To make preparations in an exhaustive but serene way THE solution with a big 'L' and a big 'A' is to make a checklist.
But a checklist is not fixed. You have to do feedback, as they say in the industry. After each ride, you have to update this document as soon as you get back (when your memory is fresh), taking into account the experience you have just lived.
The most convenient way is to create this checklist in an EXCEL table:
To weigh the great balances is to dose:
In the month before departure change:
Check the status of :
Vaccinations are not reserved for remote and exotic destinations.
Even for Europe ticks are vectors of serious diseases. Unfortunately, there is nothing against Lyme disease, but there are solutions against Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Get involved well in advance, as vaccinations often include booster shots a few weeks or months apart.
Check whether the insurance included in its multi-risk contracts and/or linked to bank cards can cover the risks linked to bicycle travel.
If you own a highly technical and therefore valuable bike, there is a good chance that these covers are not enough.
In all cases, provide for repatriation on the basis of illness, accidents, both human and material.
List of translations of important and repetitive words in the different languages of the countries crossed (example: list of foods and ingredients for supermarket shopping)
European social security card (to be requested on the ameli.fr website at least one month before departure).
List of his passwords of essential websites and web services.