Your senior years are some of the best years of your life. Upon reaching that retirement age, you have all the time in the world… and do things you once couldn’t! And, for many seniors, travel is at the top of their list of things to do.
If you have lots of travel plans for your senior years, then this article is for you! We’re going to share a number of tips to help make your travel as fun and safe as possible! Here are 7 top senior travel tips…
Top Senior Travel Tips
Contact your healthcare provider
Before traveling, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider first. Talk about your travel plans, what activities you are interested in doing, and whether or not these are advisable in your state of health. You should also ask for any precautions you need to be aware of, and get a general checkup before you leave.
While traveling is one of the best things you can do in life. While it can be relaxing, it is also easy to push things and exhaust your body too much. Pushing your body into doing things can cause some trouble with your health. So make sure to set aside some time for you to rest during your travels.
Be sure to ask your healthcare provider when you should take your medications. This is crucial when you are planning to cross time zones. While you’re at it, ask about foods that you can eat while you’re traveling, and whether or not those foods can affect your medications or your health.
Keep communications open
When you’re traveling, it can be easy to get so lost in the moment that you might forget to look at your phone and communicate with family. They’re going to want to know you’re enjoying yourself and doing well. If you’re traveling internationally, most cell phone companies have affordable international plans you can use while out of the country.
Stay in touch
People back home want to see pictures of all your amazing adventures (and make sure you’re safe). Keep your loved ones updated by regularly checking in. There are apps available for this specific purpose, but if you’re not tech-savvy a daily phone call or text will work just as well. This way, if you fail to check in, family members can handle the situation accordingly. Consistent check-ins can keep a minor problem from turning into a major travel disaster.
Keep your medications in their original containers with labels
Do this with both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and supplements. This will reduce the risk of any mixups or confusion over medication while travelling. It will also make your trip through customs easier.
Carry your medications on the plane
This is super important. It’s bad enough if the airline loses your bags. That will be WAY worse if your medications are in those bags! So make sure you that all your medications are with you in the carry-ons you take on the plane with you to avoid loss or damage.