Older individuals are traveling more now than ever to destinations both domestic and international. However, seniors may be more prone to unfortunate accidents while traveling. That’s why it’s important to keep tips like these in mind so potential misfortune can be avoided. Everyone should be able to enjoy a safe, fun trip without worry.
1. Consider Travel Insurance
When you’re younger, this may not seem like as much of a necessity. However, for older travelers this can be an essential part of one’s travel planning. In the event of a medical emergency, the benefits often highly outweigh the upfront costs. There’s nothing worse than being in a foreign place and finding yourself without health coverage should you really need it.
2. Keep Copies of Important Documents
Make copies of all important documents including your passport ID page, emergency contacts, insurance documents, and medical information. Always keep these with you just in case anything happens.
3. Keep Track of Your Medications
Just as you’d care for your passport and your wallet, you should also keep your meds with you as well. Don’t pack them in checked luggage, and don’t leave them out in the open in your hotel room either. Also, make sure you’ve brought extra in case there’s an unforeseen travel delay.
It’s advised that you also write down the generic names and dosages of anything you’re regularly taking. That way you can get them replaced if necessary.
4. Keep Friends and Family Informed
If you’re traveling alone, it’s important that people know where you’ll be and when. Be sure to share your itinerary with friends and/or family as well as your hotel concierge or innkeeper. If you’re staying with friends, send them your travel itinerary ahead of time. This way they can keep tabs on any potential travel delays.
7. Pack Light and Comfortable
Try not to overpack, but make sure you’re prepared for the weather at your destination. Opt for flat, comfortable shoes to ensure not only comfort but also safety. It’s also best to leave the fancy accessories and expensive jewelry somewhere safe at home. The last thing you want is to be a target for pickpockets or con artists.
6. Secure Your Room
Often, we’re told not to advertise we’re leaving home, for fear someone might commit a crime of opportunity. The same goes for leaving your hotel room unattended. Don’t advertise you’re not there by putting up the “clean my room” tag. Instead, let the front desk know you’ll be out and that they can send someone up. Other tips include keeping the security chain engaged when you’re present and requesting a room near an elevator.
7. Take it Easy
Try not to overexert yourself, and always remember to stay hydrated. Travel can be harder on your body than you may expect. Never be ashamed to ask for help if you need it.