Health & Hygiene

Keeping healthy on the road is always a challenge and for many travelers the hardest challenge they will face. Of course a little common sense goes a long way, like not eating off the street cart covered in bugs.
Note: We are asked frequently about health insurance while we traveled.  Although most Americans are now able to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, you may qualify for an Obamacare exemption if you are traveling.    This was not an option for us while we traveled. At the time we were on our RTW, there were no affordable options for coverage in the United States, so we only had emergency travel insurance to repatriate us in case of an emergency.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions about that type of insurance.  In the mean time, staying healthy is always the best policy!


  • First Aid Kit – We made our own first aid kit with everything from anti-fungal cream and Cipro (a broad spectrum antibiotic) to electrolyte powder and band-aids.  Most of this stuff is easily purchased overseas, but since we’re mountain biking and camping a lot, its nice to have it with you when you’re in the middle of no where.
  • Toiletries -The usual includes toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, nail clippers, weekly multivitamin, sewing kit, soap, shampoo…you get the gist.
  • Pocket Soap (Sea to Summit) – When washing our underwear in the sink this stuff works great. Read our review
  • Duct Tape – Duct tape is like the force. It has a bright side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. (Did you know that the rebel base in Star Wars is actually the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala….cool huh?)
  • MSR Packtowel– To avoid the awkward “air” dry at the hostels. This is a great towel, and it dries fast too.
  • Clothesline (Sea to Summit) – We have do wash our clothes sometimes, now we can hang our clothes up. Danny had hoped to use this as a jump rope as well but that didn´t work out so well. review
  • SteriPEN UV Water Sterilizer– I know. This is listed in the electronics section. We couldn’t decide so we just put it in both places. review