Globetrotting with your senior parents
Whether taking a road trip across the states, or adding an international stamp in their passports, seniors have access to a wide range of affordable travel options. It just takes a bit of extra preparation. We've gathered these vital tips for traveling with your senior parents:
Consult with your parents' doctor
Double-check with your parents' doctor before planning a trip to ensure the journey won’t negatively affect their healthcare management plans, nutrition or medication schedules. Even if your parents are healthy, the go-ahead from their doctors may lessen travel anxiety.
Pack extra essentials (especially medication)
Traveling can be unpredictable. So while it’s good to pack efficiently, bringing extra medication, water and personal care items can help you stay prepared for extended stays in the airport or train station. Don't forget your parents' favorite snacks!
There are often special services and arrangements for seniors at airports, train stations, hotels and more. Call ahead to have these available when you get there. Your travel schedule will be much smoother and leave time for the important stuff (like watching the sunset).
Keep it simple
Creating a realistic itinerary with plenty of time for relaxation can help make your trip more enjoyable for everyone. No matter how adventurous and energetic your parents may be, a frenetic travel schedule can create unnecessary stress. After all, it’s all about the journey.
While not exhaustive, these tips will help you and your parents travel with ease. Need more advice? Check out our tips on finding the right vacation and this printable packing checklist .
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