Thinking of going on an adventure and finally enjoying your retirement, or are you getting ready to see a part of the world that you haven’t seen yet? Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or going solo, there are a few things to always keep in mind.
First of all, research and planning ahead are the most important processes of travelling for anyone, let alone people who are in their golden years.
This is not because they aren’t competent anymore but because they are prone to be more sensitive to their surroundings in general.
If the trip isn’t of a sightseeing sort (like a cruise or a bus tour), search for the most direct and shortest travel times for air and land transportation.
The shorter time you have to spend travelling – the better. When picking a seat, request seat assignment in rows that are designated for disabled travelers and cost-free wheelchair service at every airport, connection and arrival location if needed. Research on the airline’s meal service, and advise them of any dietary needs. You don’t want to get sick on a plane by not knowing you’re eating something you shouldn’t.
These things are quite important and should be dealt with on time, because if you don’t make and confirm them at the time of the reservation, the train, bus or airline organization has no obligation to fulfill those requests during the trip.
While preparing the needed documentation for the trip (boarding passes, passports, ID cards and such), include some medical documentation. You don’t have to bring along absolutely everything, just the most important ones like documentation from your last check up, documents from a surgery (if you had one), etc.
When packing try to focus only on the necessities and pack lightly. Don’t spend the whole trip feeling tired because your bags are too heavy, there’s no need for that. Aim to pack everything in a roll-aboard suitcase and a medium-size over-the-shoulder carry-on. You can bring that on the plane with you so you won’t spend a lot of time at the final destination airport.
Your medications and prescriptions should be put in a quart zip-lock freezer bag. You can stash your physician statements with them, and put everything in your hand-carry bag. Don’t place pill combinations in a separate plastic box as your next dosage that you need to take, because it will never get through security. For comfort, bring a travel pillow.
Security concerns shouldn’t be taken lightly, as you probably learned throughout your life. Don’t give anyone an opportunity to mug you. That means no purses, no back-pocket wallets and no letting go of your luggage or of sight or reach. Passage wallets are great for this, as they may be easily hidden in your clothes or on a neck cord and then hidden by clothes.
Keep your carry-on between your feet while standing and the shoulder strap looped around the leg of a chair when sitting. Be safe and travel well!