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Motorcycle Travelers Guide to International Health & Hygiene

Posted by Eric Lange on April 2, 2012
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

RIDE Adventures recently had the pleasure to work with a premier authority on the topic of preparing motorcycle travelers for their upcoming trips.  (Those of us who have ever been sick during a vacation before might appreciate this!)

Dr. OraLee Branch

Dr. OraLee Branch is an Epidemiologist and Global Health Specialist well known for her work in the Amazonian region of Peru and other places around the world.  Dr. Branch recently took time away from her malaria research to help us create a "Packing Checklist" for motorcycle travelers that covers a wide range of concerns riders might encounter during a motorcycle trip, and accordingly reminds us how to prevent or deal with such situations. (This checklist, which focuses on health concerns during South American travel, can be downloaded here: 

CLICK HERE For Your Copy of the "Motorcycle Traveler's Health & Hygiene Checklist" Whitepaper

Important to note here is that the guided motorcycle tours that RIDE Adventures offers all include some of the basic medical and first aid needs mentioned on this checklist.  If a support vehicle is set to follow your tour, the first aid kit will obviously be more "complete" than tours without a support vehicle.  Of course those who might take advantage of this packing list the most are those motorcycle rental customers, who won't have anyone but themselves to bring such precautionary materials.

As if Dr. Branch's wealth of knowledge and background in medicine doesn't make this information valuable enough, get this: She's a motorcycle rider, too!  Frequenting the dirt roads deep in the Amazon Rainforest on her Honda, Dr. Branch undoubtedly knows the types of obstacles and health concerns we face as motorcycle riders. 

Our sincere thanks go out to Dr. Branch for her time on this subject, and we hope to see her on an upcoming motorcycle tour with RIDE Adventures soon!

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