At this point we have put together a few tips for you from general touring experience. The list helps you to go on tour well prepared – even if something goes wrong or a rain cloud comes up …
Your travel pharmacy
One thing in advance: At this point, we can only give you a few general tips to help you along the way. They know each other better. If you need special medications and aids, please take them with you as a matter of course. If you anticipate any health conditions or consider yourself to be in special circumstances, please consult with your physician prior to travel. You are also welcome to contact us. However, it goes without saying that we do not provide medical advice.
In addition to your own individual needs, we would like to recommend that you keep the following in mind:
- Cold remedies:
In addition to a few cough drops and tissues, throat lo zenges such as Neoangin or similar and nasal spray for free, snore-free sleep have proven particularly useful time and again. If in doubt, please ask your pharmacist.
- Insect protection:
You are likely to encounter the little pests less in the high mountains and dry locations than along rivers and lakes. If you are one of those people who are particularly fond of the stinging people – a little preventive insect repellent such as Antibrumm or similar can help give pleasure and peace, especially in the evening hours.
- Plaster, gauze bandages and tweezers, scissors, knife:
Whether on the bike or on foot: Especially when we get tired and inattentive, something happened quickly. Take bandages with you and perhaps also consider taking another first aid course in advance of the tour. These are not only available at brick-and-mortar stores but also online, e.g., at . e.g. https://erste-hilfe-kurs-online.de/.
- Wound Healing & Lip Balm:
From simple skin and lip care grease to connective tissue specific wound healing products. Please take with you what you need. If in doubt, please ask your pharmacist. Especially for paddling and cycling tours deer tallow has proven itself often deer tallow for the hands or also for blister prevention in hiking boots for the feet.
The stimulus of a higher physical load in different climatic zones and altitudes than we are used to in everyday life has a fundamentally health-promoting effect. Admittedly, it can be associated with adjustment reactions. Injuries can also be painful. Therefore, please take headache tables with you, and if you are traveling by ship, please also take tablets or patches against nausea, and have some pain-relieving ointments such as Volatren or similar in your luggage.
Insbesondere – aber nicht nur – im Alpenraum und den Mittelgebirgen können von Zecken ernsthafte Gesundheitsrisiken ausgehen. Bitte sprechen Sie mit Ihrem Hausarzt über die Möglichkeiten einer Impfung. Informationen zu Zecken und Risikogebieten finden Sie z. Bsp. unter zecken.de.
Bitte nehmen Sie auf alle Fälle lange Socken, langärmelige Shirts oder Jacken und auch eine Pinzette oder Zeckengabel mit. Überprüfen Sie sich und Mitreisende insbesondere, wenn Sie in hochgrasigem oder buschigem Gelände unterwegs waren.
Since your packing list will probably be even more individual than your first-aid kit, our tips at this point should also be understood only as an aid to thinking. Please let us know if we should add anything else to them from your experience.
Not essential for survival but useful to have with you.
- Bicycle helmet:
Annoying, mostly underestimated, in case of doubt essential for survival, in many countries mandatory and strongly recommended. Go for a bike ride – be sure to take a helmet. It can prevent nasty skull injuries, mitigate falls, and provides sun protection along the way. Please ensure a comfortable and good fit. Any good bike store will advise you individually.
Be it for bike tours or in winter on skis and snowshoes. Your hands will be pleased with warmth and fall protection.
The hotels usually provide hand towels, shower towels and, if necessary, sauna towels. In addition, it is a good idea to have a light hand and sweat towel with you when you are out and about.
- Cell phone holder:
In bike stores you can find holders for cell phones, which can be attached to the handlebar or frame by Velcro without mounting. Something like this is not a must – but it is handy, especially if you use your mobile device as a navigation aid.
- Jacket and pants:
You know what suits you and does you good. Take it with you: as a windbreak, as a rain shelter.
- Hat, scarf, ear, neck, wind protection and gloves
Especially as an airy rain protection for cycling and hiking very proven.
No special cycling shoes are required for our cycling tours. Take light, comfortable sports shoes / low shoes with you. For all hiking tours we recommend sturdy mountain boots of category B or better C. Complementary it has proven itself. Sandals or light going out and cottage shoes to bring. Bathing shoes can also be a good idea.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, neck protection
- Drinking bottles:
Whether as a bike bottle or thermos in winter – please take enough water with you on tour.
- Onion skins:
You do not need to have it with you. But that Onion skin principle has proven itself in the clothing of almost any outdoor activity: Take quick-drying and transpiring Functional underwear, long socks (tick protection !) and long-sleeved shirts (sun protection!) as the bottom layer, if necessary warming, air-storing functional / fleece clothing as an intermediate layer and if necessary windproof, water-repellent protective layer as an outer layer of jacket and comfortable elastic pants.