Traveling and going on vacation shouldn’t have to stop as you age. Everyone deserves a fun and relaxing getaway! With this in mind, however, as an older traveler, you should still be extra careful, especially if you are traveling alone. There are a lot more considerations to keep in mind, such as packing medications, opting for travel insurance, and even adjusting your diet. Not sure how else to prepare yourself before going on a trip? Check out this list for a journey that is nothing but smooth sailing.
Flying can take a lot out of anyone. You may want to order an alcoholic drink or take a muscle relaxer to unwind on the flight, but try to avoid this! Choosing to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and moving around the plane as often as possible will keep you healthy and feeling great. Walking around will keep your blood flowing and reduce the chance of developing blood clots. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should wear compression socks to avoid the chance of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If you can, take advantage of an aisle seat!
When going on vacation, most people want to squeeze in as much fun as they can out of the trip. Regardless of how zealous you are to hit up each monument, museum, or attraction, you must take care of yourself! If you begin to feel tired or overwhelmed, don’t feel bad about skipping out on an activity to get some rest. You don’t want to put so much strain on yourself that you end up having to stay in the hotel for the rest of the trip. You’ll want to save your energy as much as you can!
Before leaving, you might want to check in with your doctor, in case there’s something that you should know while being away from home. For example, depending on where you are visiting, you may need additional vaccines to enter the country. Doctors can also prescribe extra medication so you don’t run out while on vacation!
Imagine that you get to your destination, and you are too tired to walk anywhere! We recommend that you practice walking different distances before you leave to avoid this. Begin by taking a short walk around the neighborhood and slowly build up your endurance and length of time walking. You can also add exercises with light dumbbells to your exercise routine to tone your muscles. Engaging in regular exercise before you leave will boost your energy levels, so you won’t get tired as often on vacation.
You may be tempted to leave your cane or walker at home to save some hassle while traveling, but please don’t do this! It’s true that it might save you from the possibility of losing it, but if you need it to get around, you may find yourself struggling to walk You want to bring it with you, so you are properly supported and safe throughout the entire journey.
Unfortunately, older generations are more susceptible to falling victim to theft. You can help reduce these chances by using a safe if one is provided to you in the hotel room. You can also purchase clothing that is made to avoid pickpockets. These clothes usually have deep pockets along with zippers and magnetic locks to keep thieves from stealing your belongings.
Before leaving, it is a good idea to make copies of important documents, including your ID, passport, Social Security Card, and health insurance. You never know when you may need these! Instead of bringing originals with you, leaving them at home will ensure you still have them and don't lose them while traveling.
It’s always helpful to check if there are enhancements available for seniors or those who have mobility needs at the hotel where you will be staying. If so, let the staff know when booking! They may have rooms available with handles in the shower or a separate, easier entrance and other information that would be helpful. Whatever hotel you choose, you’ll want to double-check that they can make accommodations to fit your needs. If you don’t do this before booking, you may find yourself in a hotel that is difficult to navigate and that compromises your safety.
When you land after your flight, you will be best served by arranging for a private airport car service to get you from the airport to the hotel. Instead of waiting in line for a cab or trying to call a rideshare service, a private car driven by a professional can conveniently pick you up and get you to where you need to go. The chauffeur is dedicated to your safety and knowledgeable enough to navigate even through the most congested city traffic. Why worry about finding a ride or driving a rental car when you can let a professional handle it?
Your health and safety are top priorities when traveling away from home. As a senior, you may find yourself becoming fatigued or nervous about being in a new city. So, if you find yourself scheduling your next vacation and want to keep yourself safe while enjoying yourself completely, keep these tips in mind!