Traveling can be such a fun time for everyone! But planning for travels can be difficult; there are so many factors to consider, and it can be even more challenging if you have an aging loved one coming along with you. In this article, we’re going to highlight the preventative measures that you can take to avoid having any issues arise during your travels which are supposed to be relaxing for everyone.
Research Ahead of Time: Trips involve a lot of work, such as deciding the type of trip to take, booking the trip, making requests, and so much more. Make sure to keep in mind your aging loved one, though, because they may need different accommodations, such as their dietary needs, seating arrangements, or additional space in the cargo hold if they have a wheelchair or other device that they need to take with them. Plus, it is a good idea to confer with your loved ones if they’re feeling up to taking a trip or if they need the time scheduled for later. And it also doesn’t hurt to ask them what type of trip they would like to take; as a general tip, most seniors tend to enjoy bus trips and cruises!
Documentation Organization: Make sure that everything is up to date and that there are copies of everything necessary. This can include but certainly isn’t limited to: Passports, ID, travel insurance, tickets, boarding passes, medical documentation, physician prescriptions, etc. It also doesn’t hurt to have an itinerary ready for your family members and create telephone calling cards so that there won’t be an issue if your loved ones need to contact you.
Packing Accordingly: As a general guideline, it is best to fit all belongings within a small over-the-shoulder carry-on bag and a rolling suitcase. Make sure that the clothing that gets taken is versatile and appropriate for the destination you’re traveling to. It also helps to provide supportive but comfortable shoes. It also helps to have a travel pillow, an eye mask, and a book to help make the trip as comfy as possible.
Security and Safety: Make sure your loved one keeps all of their belongings during the entirety of the trip, and the best way to do so is to make sure they have a hidden wallet or a money belt under clothing to make it difficult for someone to steal from your family member. If you are flying, you will want to review their restrictions and policies on packing liquids and other items, as well as what is allowed for prescription meds and how they are packed.
These are just a few ideas of what can be done to make travel safer and more enjoyable for everyone. It can be a lot to cover on your own, but our workers are here to help you and your loved one on such occasions, call us today at (705)-725-1600 to get started.