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  • Karen McPhail, RN, MSN

Travel Tips for Seniors Part 2

We are in the midst of summer vacation season, so I hope that some additional travel tips will be of assistance! I am usually doing great until the day of my trip! With a lot to do and remember I often times forget last minute details! So if you are like me, just take a minute to regroup and remember to do the following to make for a fun and easy day of travel!

1. Check in with family, friends, house sitters, pet sitters prior to leaving. Update them on any last minute changes to your itinerary, etc.

2. Make a checklist of items to do the day of! This will help you to feel at ease and know that everything has been handled! I often do a vacation packing list also to help prior to!

3. Ensure that you have a cell phone and charger packed. Charge it up the night before! Bring a portable charger just in case for emergencies! Always have a cell phone on you at all times.

4. Dress for the unexpected! Even if expecting a short and easy day of travel, dress for the worst case scenario. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk well in or have on your feet if traveling via wheelchair. Ensure that you wear flat shoes with arch support. Lace up shoes are often times best as you can adjust them for swelling, etc if needed. No heels if possible as they can lead to tripping, injury or straining. Dress in layers to ensure that you can adjust your temperature comfortably when needed. Wear your medic alert bracelet or necklace if you have one. If you have chronic medical issues that require immediate attention consider purchasing one prior to traveling:

4. As always, keep your bags on your person at all times. Never ask someone you do not know to watch your bags for you, even for a short period of time! Remember to have your medications, medical history and emergency contact list packed in a carry on bag. Never pack your medications in a checked bag! Having one day of clothing that is not heavy or bulky to pack or carry, is also a great idea in case luggage issues occur. ID's should be zipped into a front pocket of your carry on that is easy to access when needed. Have a small snack and water bottle in your carry on for emergencies also. Only carry necessary items in your carry on, check other items to keep it easy! Ensure that you have a light weight suitcase with easy to pull wheels to avoid carrying and injury.

Enjoy your day of travel!!!


Photo's of my family on our recent vacation:

Pandora at Walt Disney World

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