Seniors are some of the most well-traveled people in the world; however, there are special considerations seniors should observe to make sure any travel plans go off without a hitch and the entire vacation goes as smoothly as possible. Other than making sure you lock your home and someone is available to check on it from time to time, here are a few other considerations for you to entertain to ensure your trip is a great one:
Get a Physical before Leaving
One of the most important things you can do to make sure you have a great time is to make sure you’re in great health. This is especially important if you will be traveling out of the country. You’ll want to make sure that you are all caught up on your vaccinations. Get print-outs from your health care provider of all your medications and information on your pre-existing conditions; this will come in handy should you need to visit a hospital or doctor while you’re away. Keep the information with your medications. If your time zone will be significantly changing, discuss with your doctor how to alter your medication schedule to keep you on track.
Pack Your Medications Separately
If you need to take medications on a daily basis, keep those and your senior medical supplies with you in a bag that will stay with you – this is especially important if you’ll be traveling by air. Don’t pack your medications in your checked luggage – you don’t want to risk them being lost or delayed in transit. Be sure to keep the prescription documentation from your doctor with them. If you use hearing aids, be sure to pack extra batteries because those can be a challenge to find in remote locations.
Be Careful Not to Over-Pack
Over-packing is exhausting for even the youngest people in the best of health; elderly health has its own special considerations with packing because too heavy of a burden is going to not only make movement difficult, but will also increase your chances of succumbing to an injury. Only pack as much as you will need. If possible, plan on doing laundry while you’re away to lighten your load and save space. Try to use luggage that has wheels that can easily and comfortably be pulled and maneuvered.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Make sure your friends and family members have a copy of your itinerary and that they are aware of where you will be staying, when you will arrive and depart various destinations, and when and how you will be traveling. You will want to keep a list of your emergency contacts with you in your wallet or purse, as well – just in case something happens to you and medical personnel need to contact your loved ones.
Consider Getting Travel Insurance
Did you know that insurance agents offer special comprehensive travel insurance coverage? It’s important that you know that most basic insurance plans don’t provide coverage overseas; seniors with specific health conditions need to ensure that they are financially protected against costly medical emergencies. Travel insurance is also valuable because it can reimburse you in the event that your trip gets interrupted or you become a victim of theft while you are away.
While there is no guaranteed way to prepare for an absolutely perfect trip, there are several things seniors need to do in order to make sure they stay safe, healthy, and comfortable during their travels. Be sure to have all your senior medical supplies in order before you leave for your next trip!