Many seniors look forward to retirement and the opportunity to travel. However, as you get older, travel can be a little more taxing than you think. These retiree travel tips will help ensure a more enjoyable travel experience.
While you may feel like you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink, you really don’t want to lug all that weight. Learn to pack items that you can mix and match to create several different outfits.
Along with what you put into the luggage, invest in some new lightweight luggage. It will improve mobility no matter where you are.
Pack an Emergency Kit
While no one wants to think the unexpected will happen, retirees should prepare just in case. For those traveling by car or RV, an emergency kit should hold everything you need to keep you hydrated, healthy, and safe.
That means including your medication, water, a flashlight, extra batteries and a warning device – flares or triangles just in case you get stuck on the side of the road. If you’re planning to travel with your pet, include extra pet food for them, too.
Most retirees are good at researching and planning their destination, but other aspects need to be considered ahead of time. For instance, if you plan to travel oversees you’ll need to make sure your immunizations are current. Along with that, it’s a good idea to visit you doctor for a checkup within 3-4 weeks before you leave to get a clean bill of health.
No one plans to have a health event while traveling, but it is a good idea for retirees to research the location of medical facilities near their destination. Locate local hospitals and pharmacies before you depart. While chances are good you won’t need them, it offers clarity and peace of mind whether you need them or not.
Before you arrive at your hotel, call them and request a room on the first floor or close to the elevator to cut down on how far you have to walk with your luggage. If noise bothers you, make mention of it. You won’t want to be over the bar, across from the ice and vending machines, or other areas where people tend to gather.
These travel tips for retirees are nothing more than common sense, but they can make a big difference in little ways.