Summer is upon us and many people are planning to celebrate it by traveling. But as we venture out into the world once again, it’s important to keep safety in mind. This post covers senior travel safety tips to consider before hitting the road.
Don’t Let Others (strangers) Know You’re Gone
Hotels are generally safe places for seniors when they travel. But people who don’t have the best intentions can move around unnoticed. So it’s best not to alert outsiders that your room is empty. Travel experts recommend that you call the front desk before you leave and ask them to send someone up to clean the room if you want it cleaned. Don’t leave the sign that asks for the room to be cleaned on the door.
Asking for a room near an elevator, avoiding ground floor rooms, and using the security chain while in your room will help deter thieves on your travels.
Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Clots
DVT blood clots are caused by blocked blood flow in your legs. Seniors are at increased risk for them due to sitting for a long time on a plane or a train. Wear compression stockings during longer stretches of travel. Seniors should also take breaks where possible and get up and move around to prevent a DVT.
Keep an Eye on Your Medication
Seniors are less likely to take care of their medications the same way they do their money, ID, and passports. Always keep them with you and don’t check them into luggage if you’re flying. Make sure to pack two days worth of extra medication and include a medication list with your meds in case you need to replace them. Never leave them lying around open in a hotel room.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Good footwear is essential on a trip. All footwear should fit perfectly and be easy to walk in. You want to avoid having issues with your balance or hurt your feet because of footwear not made for travel.
Taking a trip is fun, whether it’s just for the day or for longer. We hope these travel safety tips are helpful. If you plan to travel this summer and want a caregiver to keep your loved one safe in Orange County or Newport Beach, CA, reach out to Optimal Senior Care Solutions. Our care experts will find a caregiver to meet your needs. Reach out to us today.