5 Smart Travel Tips For Competing Overseas With Shahrom Abdullah

5 Smart Travel Tips For Competing Overseas With Shahrom Abdullah

Here’s  Shahrom Abdullah with a few expert travel tips for competing overseas

Re-Claim: Shahrom, how important is preparation and doing the correct planning before you leave for competing overseas?

Shahrom: Preparation is key. Book your flights as early as possible to save costs and aim to reach your destination at least three to four days before the race, especially if you are racing in different time zones and different weather. Getting over jet lag and adjusting to warmer or cooler weather can take time.

Your lodging should ideally be close to the race site and within cycling or running distance to avoid stress in the morning of the race. If you’re staying far away, make sure you know the route to the race start and give yourself enough time to allow for traffic and road closures on race morning.

travel tips for competing overseas preparation


Re-Claim: Great! And what about your equipment?

Shahrom: If you bring your bike for competing overseas make sure your bicycle is race ready. It is worth the effort to learn how to pack, set up and tune your own bike, especially if you travel a lot for races. Always send your bike for service or tuning before packing it up to head overseas. The last thing you want is a mechanical problem on the bike after spending months training for your race.

travel tips for competing overseas equipment stored


Re-Claim: You mentioned adjusting to local time is important. How do you combat jet lag when competing overseas?

Shahrom: Jet lag is very likely when you are on long flights and the further you travel, the worse it gets. Try to adjust to local time as soon as possible. If you’re exhausted upon arrival, stay up until the evening.

travel tips for competing overseas adjust sleep patterns


Re-Claim: As a triathlete, you have a lot of clothes, accessories and equipment to bring? Does any of it go missing?

Shahrom: You need to organise your gear. The night before the race, lay out all your equipment and accessories and go through your checklist. For easier sorting, put related items in separate bags.

travel tips for competing overseas organise gear


Re-Claim: And diet is important. You can’t rely on airplane food to get you through?

Shahrom: Staying hydrated is the easiest way for your body to cope with travel, especially on flights where the atmosphere is dry. Always have a water bottle with you to sip throughout your journey. As for food, stick to normal and simple food. Try to minimise junk food intake as this will just add to your lethargy.

travel tips for competing overseas stay hydrated


Shahrom Abdullah is an elite athlete and adventurer, who in January 2016 became the first Malaysian to conquer the South Pole, trekking and skiing for 37 days.

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Re-Claim International Sports Accident Cover With Shahrom Abdullah

“What happens if I have an accident overseas?”


International Sports Accident Cover explained by Shahrom Abdullah

Shahrom Abdullah is an athlete and adventurer. He travels all across the world to compete and pushes his limits like no one else.

After a successful career as an elite triathlete, Shahrom decided to turn his attention to adventure racing and other superhuman feats.

In January 2016, Shahrom became the first Malaysian to conquer the South Pole, trekking and skiing for 37 days. It normally takes most other people 50 to 60 days. His only injury?

“I got a bit of frostbite on my right cheek. I had to rub some hot water on it,” he says.

Talk about tough!


International sports accident cover Shahrom Abdullah


But when it comes to preparation, Shahrom is extra careful.

That’s why he is with Re-Claim.

He knows that if something goes wrong overseas, he has the necessary protection to support his family.

With Re-Claim’s international sports accident cover, if you have an accident overseas which requires emergency evacuation, you will receive helicopter and medical evacuation from the site of the accident, as well as hospital cover and repatriation and transport to the nearest hospital or back home to Malaysia, whichever is appropriate.

What’s more, if you require treatment overseas, you can undergo surgery abroad without worrying about additional costs. We work with your other insurances and pay when your standard medical cover stops paying.

“I can compete and travel overseas for sporting adventures without out having to worry about what would happen if I have an accident,” says Shahrom


On top of that, Re-Claim international sports accident cover not only covers you for overseas treatment as a result of an accident in another country, but we’ll also cover you for treatment overseas if it is recommended by the attending doctor in Malaysia that you be transferred to a hospital outside of Malaysia for specialist treatment.

All you need to do is prove that the treatment, assistance or aid required overseas is not possible in Malaysia.

We will review and approve the necessity of the overseas treatment and top up or pay the full amount of your medical bill.

So, if you rack up the frequent flyer points like Shahrom, contact us today to see how you can enjoy 24/7, worldwide cover.

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You can contact Shahrom on Facebook