Travelling can be an exciting and enriching experience at any age. Going away with an elderly parent or family member is a wonderful chance for you to share rewarding experiences together. However, traveling with seniors does bring unique challenges and there are a few extra things to consider.
The key to an enjoyable trip is organization and planning. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while preparing for your adventure that will help make it an enjoyable vacation for everyone.
- Get the Green Light from the Doctor
Let the doctor know about your plans for travel. Be sure to discuss the destination and duration of the trip and ask if any special vaccinations are needed. Make sure you understand how to use all medications and that you have a good supply to take along with you.
- Bring Enough Medication
Be sure to bring more prescriptions than required on your trip. The extra amount will help in case of loss or delays. It’s also a good idea to have medications translated into the main languages of the countries you'll be visiting. Explaining what you need when you don't know the language can be frustrating and potentially dangerous.
- Don't Over Plan
Trying to squeeze in too many sightseeing destinations and activities can cause frustration and disappointment. Decide on a few key things each day and be sure to leave ample time for rests. If you take the time to stop and smell the roses, you’re more likely to have an enjoyable trip.
- Dietary Needs
Make sure you understand the dietary needs of your elderly travel companion. While planning, be sure to check dietary options for flights, cruises or tours. If important food items are not provided or easily obtained, bring them with you.
- Mobility Issues
If walking is difficult for your fellow adventurers, consider requesting a wheelchair at the airport. An employee will be assigned to help you get around the facility and ensure you find your flight. Also, requesting a ground floor hotel room will help avoid trouble with stairs and elevators. Renting a wheelchair at your destination can make sightseeing more enjoyable for everyone.