Travelling can be as much fun and relaxing for the elderly as it is for the kids and the youngsters. The breathtaking locations, the local cuisine and the feeling of calm and quiet is often relished by older people who have said goodbye to their work commitments and now plan to enjoy their life in peace. But there are certain things which older people need to keep in mind during their trip. The following are the 5 most important travel tips for the elderly.
1. Request and Reserve Special Services
For elderly all over the world, many special services, offers and facilities are available at most tourist spots, locations, means of transport etc. So make sure you request and reserve their special services in advance. For example, ask the flight to allot you special seats or request for cost free wheelchairs at the airport and museums.
2. Pack Light
If you or your spouse or another elderly companion is travelling without anyone else then it is very important to pack light and keep only the essential items. Pack all the prescription medicines with you in a zip pouch that is kept in your hand bag rather than the checked in luggage. Do not take any unnecessary items to avoid facing too much too carry.
3. Arrange for Medical Management
Make sure that the hotel that you will be staying at has a doctor on call facility and the nearby area has a well-equipped hospital or medical facility. Moreover, if you have any medicines or injections that need to be refrigerated, then you must inform the flight authorities in advance about the same.
4. Ask Doctor to Write Prescription Before Leaving
Before leaving for your trip, make sure you get a medical examination done and get medicines prescribed which you need to take with you. The doctor can write all necessary as well as preventive drugs or medicines so that you don’t face any kind of problem while on your trip.
5. Arrange for Taxis Beforehand
It is very important to arrange for taxis or cabs beforehand and book them to take you from the airport to the hotel and also for your visits across the destination. This will save the energy of looking for transportation once you reach the destination and will also save you a lot of time. Always book in advance.