Here you are, all set for the fam bam of the year. Excitement in place, adventurous spirits set, and cameras ready to capture the best moments of your vacation.
But you can’t help worrying about the seniors in your travel group. You keep thinking about how you can make this the best trip of their lives, especially with their bodies not getting younger anymore.
Worry not! In this article, we’ll share with you this list of health do’s and don’ts when traveling with seniors. This list would help you plan the travel of a lifetime your senior folks would appreciate dearly!
Health Do’s and Don’ts While Traveling with Seniors
DO plan your activities during the right time of the day
Seniors don’t have the same energy they have during their younger days. So when planning your lineup of activities, make sure to place the exciting ones during mid-morning or early afternoon.
Choose days where there are fewer tourists in popular destinations of your choice. The seniors in your travel group may not be able to keep up with the flow of the crowd.
DON’T forget to watch what they eat
It’s easy to go happy-go-lucky with food while traveling, but remember to watch what your senior folks eat.
For instance, you may need to keep them away from dairies, spicy foods, and fatty foods. These are known to cause or trigger common medical conditions to older people, like heart attacks.
Some medications don’t mix too well with foods from these categories too. Consult with your folks’ doctors before the trip, but if you’re unsure, better to introduce them to other dishes instead.
DO pack their meds conveniently
Seniors would need their maintenance and prescription meds close to them as possible. Put them in a pouch or sling bag they can carry during the flight and travel. Add in an extra set of meds just in case your flight gets delayed, or if you decide to extend your vacation.
Keep a list of names of their meds too, so you can easily restock when your folks run out of supplies. List down the generic counterpart of their meds too for backup in case the branded ones aren’t available.
If you’re traveling abroad, research the names of their meds in the language of the country you’re visiting.
DON’T pick out or recommend clothes for them just in the name of fashion
It doesn’t matter if it’s a plain shirt, jeans, and sandals. Following the OOTD spirit only comes next.
Plus, wearing uncomfortable shoes, specifically, can make your senior folks more prone to injuries. Take heels for instance. Wearing them can make you more prone to losing your balance and spraining your ankles.
But comfortable doesn’t mean they have to be shabby. As long as your senior travel companions are comfortable, let them wear skirts, shorts, or whatever they prefer.
DO include time for rest in between your activities
Ensure you include some time for resting so they can replenish their energy to get going through the rest of the day. Plus, it would be the perfect time to catch up on some sleep, or share some conversations about your memories of the trip so far!
DON’T settle for cramped cars if you’re road tripping
If you’re going on a long road trip with the whole family, and you’ve got some senior companies, it’s ideal to bring a vehicle like vans instead of cars. They’re more spacious, allows your senior folks to move freely without bumping their ankles in the seats, and more rooms for all your stuff.
DO buy travel insurance after booking your travel
A smart traveler knows how to prepare for the inevitable, and one of the best ways to do so is to get a travel insurance plan, especially for the seniors in your group. You never know when an airline strike is suddenly announced, or if you need to cancel during the last-minute for important reasons, or (knock on wood) your senior folks experience an accident or medical issues while on travel.
There you have it! When you keep this list in mind, you can be sure your senior companions would be sharing memories and laughter with you during this unforgettable trip, without worrying about their health issues or fragile conditions for a moment.