Always inform a cycling group leader if you have any specific ailments or health care requirements.
Comprehensive travel insurance
should be taken out that covers you for cycling as well as other activities that you might undertake during the vacation.
For European citizens, an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is also important for health cover
when cycling in Europe. If you’re British, it is free to apply for or renew by visiting the NHS website
Keep yourself and family members hydrated and covered up
, even when it’s not a blue sky day. Backpacks with in-built water bags and straws are great for kids on the go.
Avoid chafing by applying Vaseline or Sudocrem to problem areas
i.e. the groin, nipples and any other bits that are likely to rub, catch or become sore with heat and friction. Padded shorts (with no underwear) and gel seats are great preventatives when it comes to the horrors of chaffing.
Make sure your bike suits your height and body weight.
This is really important to help prevent injuries in knees and backs as well as enabling you to get a good night’s rest so you can cycle longer and in comfort the following day.
Avoid drinking from natural springs, glacial lakes and other wilderness areas
unless the water has been boiled or had legal purification tablets added as per packet instructions. Tap water is safe to drink in most European countries though – so the best bet is to fill up before you leave, and cut down on plastic bottles as well.
Wild dogs can be found in more remote areas of Europe
so think about rabies shots, just in case, and don’t be tempted to pet wild animals or approach them on or off your bike.
Always wear sun tan lotion and full on sun block on cheeks, nose, hands, wrists and forehead. Keep the back of your neck covered and make sure kids are fully covered up, even when the sun isn’t shining.