As more and more people get their covid vaccinations, the travel bug begins to hit. There are so many places youâ€™re bound to want to see, from the beauty of the Grand Canyon to the grandeur of Machu Picchu.
While youâ€™ll surely want to make the most of your latter years, youâ€™ll equally need to prepare yourself for travel. You canâ€™t just jump into travel, especially at an older age. To remain safe, you need to prepare. Travel preparation can look like many things, but it can include preparing your home to remembering to wear an ID bracelet.
1. Make sure you bring all your medications and documents
If you take daily medications, youâ€™ll want to guarantee you have all of them packed and ready for the time youâ€™ll be away from home. Depending on where youâ€™re traveling to, it might be impossible to get your usual medications. Think ahead and prepare instead.
Further, make sure you have all of your travel documents in order before you leave home. That can include your ID, transportation tickets and passes, your passport, hotel/lodging confirmation and more.
2. Prepare your home before you leave
Home break-ins happen, especially when people travel on vacation. But your home doesnâ€™t have to be left unsecured when you leave. Through a variety of methods, you can protect your home before heading off on your vacation.
Simple tips include the following:
- Moving expensive-looking items away from windows, wherever they can be easily seen.
- Ensuring all doors and windows are locked, and that all locks are in good condition.
- Storing high-price items and heirlooms in an in-home safe for enhanced security.
- Installing outdoor and indoor security cameras around your home, either to deter criminals or capture them on camera.
3. Keep your schedule open
Once youâ€™re out traveling, one of the best things you can do is to keep your schedule open. Now, youâ€™re sure to schedule a number of things to do, from local tours to sightseeing events, but your schedule should remain flexible.
Why flexible? You want to listen to your mind and body while vacationing. The trouble with overscheduling is you might find yourself exceptionally tired one day. If you have numerous tours and events scheduled, you canâ€™t just flake on themâ€”thatâ€™s money lost. So you push yourself to exhaustion to â€œmake the most of it,â€ all to your own detriment.
However, with a flexible schedule, youâ€™re able to shift and move your days to how you see fit. Want to go for a hike and do some sightseeing? Go for it! Feeling tired one morning and want to just do some window shopping and enjoy some cocktails in a courtyard? Do just that!
4. Wear an ID bracelet
One thing to keep in mind, prior to traveling, is to get yourself a medical alert bracelet. If you donâ€™t already have one, now is the time to get one.
What is it about medical ID bracelets that make them so important? You know how difficult it is to live with a medical condition if you have one. Depending on the condition you have, it could bring about regular challenges in your life, whether itâ€™s diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimerâ€™s or heart disease.
In the event that you have a medical emergency caused by a pre-existing condition, you need to remain safe. Safety in the event of an emergency involves necessary treatment. A medical ID bracelet makes it easy for bystanders and EMTs to identify your condition and act accordingly, administering treatments based upon your physical/mental health.
5. Get travel insurance
Before you head off, consider applying for travel insurance. Although the price can appear to be steep, itâ€™s worth itâ€”depending on where you are traveling to. For instance, if youâ€™re heading abroad, itâ€™s helpful to have insurance for medical purposes. Further, it can be essential to protecting your personal goods in the event of loss or theft.
6. Know where youâ€™ll be traveling
This might sound too on the nose, but itâ€™s something that needs to be considered. While there is a joy to traveling to a place without much forethought, itâ€™s important that you plan ahead. That means getting an idea of the local culture, picking up basic language and euphemisms, getting an understanding of the city layout, learning the basics of public transportation and more.
Youâ€™ll also want to look into what things to avoid. That includes behaviors to avoid, signs of pickpockets and neighborhoods that are unwelcome to strangers.
7. Donâ€™t be out too early or too late
You should never be out too late or too early in an area youâ€™re unfamiliar with. This is important for some seniors, particularly those who are struggling with confusion and early signs of Alzheimerâ€™s. Low-light conditions can make it difficult to identify your surroundings. Furthermore, it can make you more of a target to thieves hoping to prey on someone who appears unfamiliar with the area.
8. Donâ€™t travel alone
For many people traveling, youâ€™re sure to be traveling with a friend, spouse or loved one. However, if you are thinking of traveling alone, you should consider having a buddy tag along. Even if you do your own thing during the day, itâ€™s important to have someone you can touch base with, in-person, to remain safe. Moreover, youâ€™ll have a companion who will be a comfort if you ever feel homesick.
9. Have someone at home you can keep in touch with
Even if you travel with a friend or family member, you should have someone at home you can touch base with. Itâ€™s important to have a landline you can reach out to, someone who can confirmâ€”to othersâ€”that youâ€™re doing well. You can equally reach out to them if youâ€™re ever in need of help, whether thatâ€™s due to a medical emergency or an issue with your flight plans.
10. Travel as your body can handle it
Most of all, you need to listen to your body. As mentioned above, keeping a flexible schedule is important as it allows you to make your schedule work for you. Donâ€™t push yourself past your point of comfort. Youâ€™re only asking for an injury or a medical emergency if you do.
Know your limits and listen to them. While you may want to conquer the world, your body will tell you otherwise. Make the most of your travels and abide by your limits.