Top Holiday Travel Tips for the Over 80s
Nine Tips For Travelling In Your Golden Years
Staying active is important to your quality of life. Like to travel? Pack up your bags and go see the world! But before you go, be sure to read our top tips. A little preparation will reduce your stress and let you enjoy the adventure of holiday travel.
Health Risks Associated with Your Destination
If you are travelling overseas, you may encounter new diseases that you don’t have to worry about at home. Learn about any vaccinations or medications you may need by checking out the NHS website, or speaking with your GP. Be sure to take plenty of your own medication and make sure it can be stored correctly, and at the right temperature, at your final destination.
Talk to Your Doctor About Your Plans
Get a medical checkup before you leave and let your doctor know of your plans. Discuss any recent medical events and the possibility of recurrence. Remember that travelling may require a significant change in diet so talk to your doctor about eating well to stay healthy. Also, if you are travelling to a different time zone, make a plan with your doctor about staggering your medications as the time changes.
Drink Lots of Water
Proper nutrition is always important but it becomes more imperative when your body undergoing the stress of travel. Travel may affect your sleep patterns and require you to eat different foods. Making sure you are hydrated will help your body deal with the stress of travel.
Pick Good Luggage and Pack Lightly
Choose luggage that has wheels so you can roll rather than carry it. Consider a days-of-the-week pillbox if you don’t already have one. While you want to pack everything you need, don’t create a burden for yourself by over packing.
Take Measures to Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
If you will be sitting for a long time during a flight or car ride, make sure you are taking measures to avoid blood clots in your legs. Simple things like wearing loose clothing, drinking enough water and getting up to walk can lessen the risk of blood clots.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
If your body is already dealing with the stress of flights and new weather conditions, don’t add the stress of excessive alcohol. When you enjoy drinks, be sure you are fully hydrated so that the alcohol doesn’t add undue stress.
Consider the Weather
Remember to pack with your destination in mind. If you are travelling to a hot location, be sure to pack accordingly to avoid heat stroke. Plan time to rest and give your body the chance to adjust to foreign weather conditions.
Pack Medications Wisely
If you are travelling out of the country, make sure your medications are legal in your destination. You may need to have a doctor’s note in order to travel internationally with some medications. Also, be sure to pack enough doses for your entire trip. You may have trouble getting your medication refilled while you are on holiday.
Get Travel Insurance
Dedicated travel insurance for the over 80s will provide coverage for medical emergencies that can happen on holiday. Review cancellation and pre-existing conditions policies before choosing a plan that is right for you.
Don’t let your dream of travel fade. With a little preparation, you can enjoy a holiday in a place you’ve always wanted to see.
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