Senior citizens have spent more than half of their lives striving for their families. And when I say striving, it means working for eight or more hours a day, sending their children to school, thinking of what to have for breakfast ‘til dinner, plus performing more additional chores at home. Imagine they’ve been doing those things for every single day of more or less fifty years straight. So I guess they deserve more than all the happiness and the perks they receive right now. It’s about time for seniors to live their best lives and one of the most common things they do to have fun is traveling by group.
There are several things to do when traveling with their spouses or their circle of friends from a retirement home. Needless to say but the mode of transportation is very important. While others ride on a plane or take a cruise ship, the most ideal for senior local travels is to consider a minibus for hire. Since traveling these days gets riskier, nothing compares to making sure that seniors are in good hands. Therefore, we give you some of the most important traveling guidelines for safety precautions on your next travel.
Have your medical checkup
It’s always good that you seek your doctor’s advice regarding your travel plans. This is to make sure that traveling will not affect your health condition. Your physician will run a series of tests to check the status of your pre-existing diseases or diagnose other potential health problems. Follow your physician’s orders like taking the equivalent medications on time and eating only the right food for you. If you have certain allergies, consult it to your doctor to get proper prescriptions. As much as possible, avoid drinking ordinary water and go for sealed and bottled one to avoid contamination and water-borne diseases. Most importantly, keep your health records and prescriptions secured.
Get a travel insurance
Travelers, especially senior citizens, are encouraged to apply for a travel insurance as one great traveling tip. You can choose from a wide variety of plans that will cover your medical expenses if something bad (accidents, food poisoning, and selected pre-existing diseases) happens to you in the middle of traveling. For worldwide plans, you can avail unlimited medical covers when traveling overseas. Whereas for domestic travelers, you can choose to set up your plan on a yearly basis. Aside from emergency medical expenses, your travel insurance also covers the unforeseen loss of luggage, cancellation charges, and other incurred expenses due to delayed flights.
Leave unnecessary loads
You won’t find joy in visiting new places if you’re carrying huge bags with heavy loads. As you age, you begin to lose your ability to take bulky objects with your bare hands, shoulders, and back especially if you have skeletal health problems. Have a list of all the important things you need to bring and leave all the unnecessary. Always keep an eye of the necessary things like your wallet, IDs, passport, mobile phone, and other valuables.
Do not travel or stroll to places alone
At your age, traveling alone is not advisable. You need some companions to walk with you and help you in case you need them. Always keep your phone reachable so you can connect to your companions if you happen to lose the right direction as well as to avoid threats of theft.
Check your vehicle
When traveling by a rental vehicle, make sure to familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s features and plate number so you would know which one to ride after it drops you to each itinerary. You can also keep the driver’s mobile phone number for emergency purposes. Inform the driver every time you need to use the restroom so he would be aware of your loss.