Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Philadelphia area, Pa., USA
Bikes: Santana Cabrio triplet, Santana Fusion S&S tandem, Co-Motion Mocha S&S tandem, Co-Motion Pangea S&S, Co-Motion Nor'wester S&S, C'dale F2000
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For medical insurance, look for a "major medical" policy only, which tend to be pretty reasonable and are usually available for up to 12 months +/-. They only cover catastrophic sort of things, like ER visits and the like.
Many renter's insurance policies can be continued for a period without having a physical residence. Usually they will pay a percentage of the overall coverage for things outside a residence. So, for example, if you have $100k worth of coverage, that might equate with $10-15k of coverage outside the residence. If you currently have a house or apartment, you might consider signing up for that insurance now before you move.
We used both these options in the past when we did long-term travel (by car). The renter's insurance also covered stuff we had in storage.