Published July 16, 2021

Summer Safety Tips for Traveling Aging Seniors

One of the best parts about summer is that it’s the perfect time to travel and make memories in new places. It’s a great way to get out of the house, spend time with loved ones and explore the world. Whether you’re traveling across the country or are taking a short, weekend trip, it’s important to be well prepared so you don’t have to stress during your time away. 

1. Have important health documents with you. 

Bringing your health documents with you is smart, especially if you have a condition or take medication. Even if you think bringing a certain health document isn’t necessary, it’s wise to have it with you in case of an emergency so that whoever assists you if something does happen can be aware of any conditions or medications. 

2. Bring extra medication just in case. 

On that note, always bring more medication than you’ll need and keep it in your carry-on luggage. If your checked luggage gets lost or you must stay longer than anticipated, you’ll have extras on hand and won’t have to worry.  

3. Keep family and friends updated. 

Make sure you inform your loved ones of your itinerary before you leave. They should know the dates you’ll be traveling, the places you’ll be staying and the contact information of others you’re traveling with. Not only is it nice to have someone checking in on you throughout your trip, but it will also put your loved ones’ minds at ease. 

4. Beat dehydration. 

If you’re traveling in the summer, that most likely means you’re visiting a warm place. Don’t make the mistake of becoming dehydrated or having a heat stroke. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the days that you’re away. The best way to do this is by carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go so you can be reminded to keep drinking water. 

5. Book with accessibility in mind. 

If you have mobility issues, it’s important that you plan your trip in a way that accommodates for those things. Examples include booking a hotel that has a ground-floor room so you can avoid the stairs or planning activities that are wheelchair accessible. 

6. Keep moving. 

While vacations are all about relaxing, make sure you’re getting your steps in while you’re gone. On the plane, take time to stretch and get your blood flowing when you can. If you’re doing a lot of driving, take breaks and stop every once in a while so you can walk around and avoid blood clots from forming. 

7. Maintain a good sleep schedule. 

Even after a week of relaxing on the beach, going on vacation can ironically wear you out. Take into consideration the change in time zones and keep track of how much sleep you’re getting so you know you’re getting enough. Being well-rested simply means you’ll have more energy to enjoy your trip and be in a good mood! 

If you’re traveling with a mobility aid, make sure it’s a reliable one. Visit our online catalog to shop walkerswheelchairscanesmobility scooters and much more. Contact us to learn more. Safe travels and enjoy your upcoming trip! 

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