4 travel safety tips for seniors
April 6, 2012
There’s nothing better than going on vacation, whether it’s to a country you’ve yet to check off your bucket list, a relative’s house or a weekend getaway destination. But before you hit the road, it’s helpful to brush up on a few safety tips that can make travel easier for seniors. Here are four ways you can ensure your loved ones have a safe and happy trip.
1. Schedule a pre-trip checkup with your relative’s doctor. This is especially important if he or she has a medical disability or a chronic condition like heart disease or hypertension. Be sure to discuss the upcoming travel plans with your doctor and ask any questions you might have. It’s also helpful to get copies of your loved one’s current prescriptions just in case they get lost or stolen and you need to get replacements.
2. Pack smart. If you’ll be flying, load up a carry-on bag with everything your relative will need during the flight. It’s also a good idea to pack medication in this bag just in case the rest of the luggage gets separated or lost. Use suitcases with wheels to hold the rest of the luggage, as these are much easier to move. Make sure all tags from past trips are removed and that the bags are easily recognizable, whether by color, tag or even a ribbon tied on to the handles. If driving, pack a bag full of things your relative might need in the car, like a book, drinks and snacks and keep it close by.
3. Don’t forget to pack your relative’s medical alert watch from Bay Alarm. A medical alarm device offers coverage in all 50 states and Guam. As long as there is a landline at your destination, your relative will have the same coverage he or she would get at home. At the push of a button, help will be there in the event of an emergency, offering you and your loved one peace of mind.
4. Always remember to ask about senior discounts. The internet is a great place to search for deals, but if you or your relative is unsure about where to find potential senior discounts, simply as your travel agent to assist you. There are many travel tours available for mature travelers, which will not only offer discounted fares, but a great time with other seniors. You might also want to check out opportunities by bus or train, which could be just as fun but less expensive.