The Look of Travel
The things we focus on changes throughout the various stages of our lives. This is true for travel, as well. As a kid your focus may have been solely on the fun places you would go. As a young adult or parent, your focus changes to making sure everything is planned correctly, that there are diversions for your children, and that everyone gets through the trip relatively happy and unscathed.
For seniors, travel can also look a bit different. Health affects the way we move about and the activities that we take part in, but this shouldn’t stop you from traveling. It just means you need to prepare in different ways. Let’s take a look at some travel tips to help you feel equipped and ready for any adventure!
Contact Your Doctor
Your health is top priority. Your doctor will know if you are able to safely travel and may have suggestions to follow so that you can stay at your healthiest. Your doctor can also inform you of any vaccines you may need, and can refill or prescribe medications for the duration of your trip.
Whether you are traveling by car, train, plane, bus, or cruise ship there may be special arrangements that you need to make. For example, you may you require the use of oxygen, a wheelchair, handicap accessible hotel rooms, or special assistance/seating. In those cases, it is important to call and make arrangements ahead of time with that specific vendor. Not only will this help with smooth transitions, but some places also require up to six weeks advance notice for certain arrangements.
Bring Extra Medication & a Medication List
As you are packing and ordering your medication, make sure to pack extra. If you will be gone for three days, pack about a weeks’ worth of your medicine. This will allow for any unexpected emergencies. Additionally, keeping a list with the names/dosages of your medication, emergency contact information, and the contact information of your medical professionals is helpful in case you require medical attention.
Have a 'Just Checking' Committee
This is important, especially if you are traveling alone or have parts of the trip where you are making a journey by yourself. Having people who can check in with you at the end of the day will help ensure your safety. This can look like simply texting/calling a friend to let them know you have arrived at your destination or having a friend text/call you at specific times during your trip.
Remember that you don’t have to do or see absolutely everything! If you are exhausted and in pain the whole time then your trip will not be enjoyable and it could affect your health. Make note of the sites that you want to see, but also take time to rest your body. This will help make your trip one that is both fun and memorable.