Who doesn’t enjoy those SUMMER VACATIONS? There are some special considerations seniors should take to make sure EVERYONE has safe and happy travels!
STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE-As a traveling senior, it is crucial to keep moving on a regular basis. Consistent movement will prevent the formation of blood clots that can form in your legs throughout a trip if you aren’t active. This can become a serious life-threatening issue. Remain active every couple of hours, on car rides make frequent stops to stretch and do a couple of laps around the car.
STAY HYDRATED-Dehydration can be an extremely can be a very serious issue when traveling during the summer. Make sure you always have a water bottle with you at all times and drink from it frequently. The elderly are much more susceptible to dehydration and heat stroke.
CARRY EXTRA PRESCRIPTIONS-Most seniors are on several medications for a variety of different ailments. When flying make sure you talk with your doctor to get extra prescriptions to take with you and the medications you do have pack in your carry-on bag in case you get stranded this summer.
FIND SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS when needed-No matter where you decide to stay while travelingIf you are a senior that has trouble with stairs, make sure that the hotel accommodations that you make for summer traveling are suitable for you. A fall down the stairs can lead to other serious health problems, so try to get information on where you’ll be staying ahead of time when you travel this summer.
CARRY ID and MEDICAL INFORMATION at all times-An important thing to do for your health while traveling this summer is to carry identification and medical information in an easily found place on your person, such as your wallet or in a fanny pack. This should include a driver’s license, phone numbers of relatives, information about allergies and medical conditions, and any other relevant information. If you were to have a sudden medical problem, this would help to identify you and give a fast medical history to relevant personnel. This is part of summer travel health that is preemptive.
GET PLENTY OF REST-When traveling this summer, make sure that you get enough sleep. This will help to keep you from becoming sick and will allow you to more fully enjoy your summer trip during the day.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE-Even though it is a very basic thing, washing your hands frequently can do a lot to prevent you from getting sick while traveling this summer. If you are staying in hotels and frequenting public places, you are coming into contact with a lot of germs from others. Washing your hands can prevent you from succumbing to illness as you travel this summer.
REST AS NEEDED-Prevention is the best medicine, so if you’re feeling tired, fatigued, or short of breath, stop what you’re doing right away. There’s no reason to work yourself into a problem while traveling this summer, so just be aware of how you’re feeling and pay attention to your body.
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