Health, Shots, and so on
I actually spent a lot of timing studying this problem. First, I’ll talk about health. I really wanted to get into shape for this trip so that I could bear the long days and the stresses yet also be alert so that I could take in as much as I could. About a year out, I started a regimen of working out three times a week and making solid attempts at eating better. I ended up losing about 25 pounds (or ~ 15%) and feel great now! My stamina is higher, I handle stress more evenly, and I sleep better. I also managed to come off some long term medications I was taking for mild hypertension and lipidemia (high cholesterol).
I spent 20 years in the Navy, who kept a close eye on my immunizations, everything from Typhoid to Anthrax. But after retiring 9 years ago, I had not kept up. Here, I went to the CDC website and looked up each country I planned to visit and their recommendations for vaccinations. Turns out I was due again for several I had had in the past, plus some others that I had not had. These included rabies (lots of stray dogs in CA), malaria (which is a pill taken daily), typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, a hepatitis B booster, and yellow fever. Luckily, my insurance covered everything except the rabies, which (I hope you’re sitting down), was $900. I had my yellow international shot record from the Navy that I just updated with all of these new shots.
The most important thing I did here (I think) was to develop a process of scanning and saving to DropBox all of my documentation. This way, if I ever lost everything, I could reproduce copies of what I needed. This included the title for the motorcycle, a three-year registration, my driver’s license, my shot record, my birth certificate, and my insurance card. As well, as I travel through each country, I plan to take a picture of each border document and upload there as well.
As a Navy retiree, I have health insurance but have no idea how that works in each country. I also know that motorcycle insurance has to be purchased in each country, although there are some groups of countries where I can get one policy to cover them all. With my Delorme contract, I also have Global Rescue so can contact assistance anywhere.