Healthcare Resources for RV Travelers

Life on Wheels: Managing Healthcare and Insurance While on the Road

Hello fellow travellers! If you’re here, you probably already know that life on wheels — be it in an RV or campervan — is a unique blend of freedom, adventure, and yes, some challenges. One of those challenges? Managing healthcare and insurance on the road. It’s a crucial topic that can’t be overlooked, so let’s dive right in.

Understanding Health and Travel Insurance for RV and Campervan Travellers

Travel health insurance isn’t just an optional add-on; it’s an absolute must-have for us road travellers. But navigating the world of insurance can be like traversing a tricky mountain pass.

Different types of insurance policies cater to different travel needs. For instance, some policies might focus on emergency services, while others may offer extensive coverage for medication needs. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re looking at when choosing a travel and health insurance policy.

The key factors? Look for policies that cover a broad range of scenarios, especially those relevant to RV and campervan travel. Things like accident coverage, emergency evacuation, and even return of your vehicle are great to have.

Accessing Healthcare Services on the Road

Just because we’re constantly moving doesn’t mean we can leave our health behind. Accessing healthcare services while travelling can be tricky, but with a little planning and awareness, it’s entirely doable.

Whether it’s an unexpected flu or a sprained ankle from a strenuous hike, knowing where to find emergency services and urgent care can be a game changer. Remember, your GPS is your friend. Use it to locate nearby hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.

Managing Routine Health and Medication Needs While Travelling

Keeping up with routine health check-ups and managing prescription medications on the road isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary. Try setting reminders for medication or arranging your itinerary so you’re near a healthcare provider when check-ups are due. Also, a well-stocked first-aid kit is an RV or campervan must-have!

A big part of managing routine health is also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remember to balance those road-trip snacks with fresh fruits and veggies, get plenty of exercise, and make time for relaxation, too!

How to Handle Health Insurance Claims on the Road

Health emergencies can be scary, especially when you’re away from home. But knowing how to handle your health insurance claims on the road can bring immense peace of mind.

If you find yourself facing a medical emergency, contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. Keep all bills and documentation; you’ll need them when filing your claim. When dealing with foreign medical bills, it’s important to ask for an English translation to avoid any confusion.

Digital Health Services and Telehealth: A Traveller’s Best Friend

In this digital age, healthcare has thankfully gone online. Digital health services and telemedicine can be an absolute boon for us road wanderers.

Telemedicine lets you consult with healthcare professionals virtually, making it possible to receive medical advice, have prescriptions filled, and even get therapy sessions — all from the comfort of your RV or campervan. I’ve heard from many fellow travellers who have found telehealth services to be a lifeline while on the road.

Preventative Health: Vaccinations and Regular Check-ups

Preventive healthcare is just as important on the road as it is back home. Getting recommended vaccinations before you travel can save you from a lot of health complications down the line.

Also, don’t skip those regular check-ups, even if you’re feeling fine. Remember, it’s easier to prevent health problems than to treat them!

Staying Active on the Road

An important aspect of managing healthcare while on the road is staying active. It can be easy to get caught up in the adventure and overlook the importance of regular exercise, but remember, a healthy body means a healthy mind. Here are a few ways you can incorporate physical activity into your travels:

  • Hiking and nature walks: One of the biggest perks of travelling by RV or campervan is the opportunity to explore stunning natural landscapes. Take advantage of nearby trails for a morning jog or an afternoon hike. Not only is this a great way to stay fit, it’s also a chance to appreciate the beauty around you.
  • Campsite exercises: There’s no need for a fancy gym when you have the great outdoors. Simple bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, or yoga can be done anywhere, anytime.
  • Swimming: If you’re near a beach or a lake, swimming is an excellent way to get a full-body workout.
  • Biking: Consider bringing along a bicycle. It’s a fun way to explore and also a fantastic form of exercise.

Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health is just as important as physical health, especially when you’re on the road. The excitement of travel can sometimes be coupled with feelings of homesickness or loneliness. Here are some strategies to help maintain your mental wellbeing:

  • Stay connected: Technology makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family. Regular phone calls, video chats, or even social media updates can help mitigate feelings of homesickness.
  • Meditation and mindfulness: These practices can help reduce anxiety and improve your mood. There are plenty of apps available that offer guided sessions, perfect for beginners.
  • Maintain a routine: While part of the allure of road life is the lack of a strict schedule, maintaining some sort of routine can provide a sense of normalcy and stability.
  • Journaling: Keeping a travel journal can be therapeutic. It allows you to express your thoughts and feelings, document your experiences, and reflect on your journey.  For a selection of various types of journals check out my journals available at

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to travel. It’s about finding a balance that works for you, keeping both your body and mind healthy as you navigate the open road.


Managing healthcare and insurance while on the road isn’t always easy, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it’s definitely manageable. From understanding and choosing the right insurance policy, accessing healthcare services, to managing routine health and medication needs – it’s all part of the journey.

And remember, health technologies like digital health services and telemedicine are your allies. They’ve revolutionized the way we can receive healthcare while traveling, making it easier than ever to stay healthy on the road.

Call to Action

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my regular health insurance while travelling?
Most regular health insurance policies provide limited coverage outside your home area, especially for international travel. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage.

Q: What should I include in my travel first-aid kit?
Your first-aid kit should include basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, medical tape, and gauze pads. It’s also good to have any personal medications, pain relievers, allergy medicines, and any other essentials like bug spray and sunscreen.

Q: How does telemedicine work?
Telemedicine involves the remote delivery of healthcare services using technology. It allows you to consult with healthcare professionals over video call, receive medical advice, get prescriptions, and more without visiting a physical location.

Q: How can I keep track of my vaccinations?
Keep a record of your vaccinations and consider using apps or digital health records to store this information. Always check with your healthcare provider or a travel health clinic for the most up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations.

Remember, life on the road doesn’t mean neglecting your health. Happy and healthy travels to all!