7 Quick Tips for Easy Traveling

It’s summertime!  And chances are you’ll be doing some traveling. Maybe you’re traveling to go see your grandbabies… or maybe you need some time away from your grandbabies. Whatever the case, it can be a stressful process, especially if you don’t do it just right. Traveling with medications and long, uncomfortable trips will make anyone dread the travel day, so here are 7 little tips for traveling the right way!

  1. Discounts! Discounts! Discounts! People tend to forget that a few gray hairs might just be your ticket to save a few bucks during this vacation, so be sure to do your research beforehand. Often times, hotels, airlines and vacation attractions offer discounted prices to our beloved senior citizens, so take advantage of these deals!
  2. Your body isn’t what it used to be, so a pre-travel doctor’s visit couldn’t hurt… in the long run anyway. Check in with your doctor ahead of time to make sure that you’re suited for traveling.
    • Ask your doctor to write down any existing medical conditions as well as their treatments, i.e., medications, procedures, etc., just in case you need help during a medical emergency.
    • Do you take scheduled medication? If you’re changing time zones during travel, those changes could effect what times you take your normal prescriptions. Ask your doctor to write down those schedule changes.
    • Ask if your medical conditions or special needs will require specific accommodations. Have your doctor write that down, too.
    • In fact, write everything down, just to be on the safe side.
  3. Speaking of doctor, you never know when you may need one. Check your vacation destination for medical facilities and physicians in case of an emergency during your trip. If you’re traveling overseas, make sure that your medical insurance applies and will cover any necessary emergency expenses.
  4. Pack light. We’re not saying that you can’t take that cute pair of sneakers that you bought for your trip, but is it necessary that you take every pair of shoes you own?? Be mindful that the more you pack, the more you have to carry. Heavy bags can limit your mobility. But if it’s unavoidable, consider wheeled luggage.
  5. If there’s one thing that you shouldn’t forget to pack, it’s your emergency medical supply. If you’re flying, put it in your carry on! You’re always taking a chance when you check in a bag. It could get lost in the airline kerfuffle, and you don’t want to be without your prescriptions. And pack enough to last for the duration of your trip! It’s better to have too much than not enough.
  6. Whether you’re flying or driving, sitting down for long periods of time can be uncomfortable. No one likes the tingling sensation you get when your legs fall asleep, but more than that, no one wants swollen feet or blood clots. So try to get up every so often and walk, whether you’re walking around an airport or walking trail at a rest stop.
  7. Wash your hands! You’ve told your kids this for years! But make sure you wash or sanitize your hands frequently. You never know what germs you could contract from the hotel counter or the bathroom door handle.