Tips for Safe Summer Travel
Are you thinking about traveling this summer? Senior citizens love to travel over the summer. It is important to keep health and travel safety concerns at the forefront. It can ensure a safe, fun, and problem free trip. Here are some tips to ensure safe travel:
To keep yourself healthy while traveling, follow these tips:
· Pay attention to the heat and stay hydrated. The easiest way to stay cool and comfortable is to drink 6-8 glasses a day. Don’t wait till you are thirsty…drink throughout the day even if you aren’t thirsty.
· Increase fluid intake by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
· Take things slowly and takes breaks. Don’t overdo it! If you are driving, take breaks to stretch along the way and take a nap if you feel tired.
· Wear proper attire – If you are doing a lot of walking, wear comfortable shoes. If you are out in the sun, wear sunglasses, a hat, and light, comfortable clothing; this will reduce the possibility of sunburn and heatstroke.
· Exercise – Not only does exercise help the body physically, it also helps our mental well being. Wherever possible and weather permitting, walk from place to place and participate in outside activities.
· See your doctor – Be sure to check in with your doctor before you go on vacation, to be sure you have any necessary vaccines required for the place(s) you plan to visit, and to avoid travel-related health problems
· Bring extra medication in case you experience unforeseen travel delays. Obtaining medications that you are accustomed to taking can be a challenge when you are traveling, especially overseas.
· Carry a current list of your prescription medications with you. If something unexpected happens, you can show it to a medical professional without worrying about having to remember the names of your medications.
· Carry your vital information with you – Keep it on an index card in your wallet or purse, so if you experience a health emergency the medical team that treats you will have the information. Include all medications you take, allergies – especially to medications – and emergency contact information.
To keep yourself safe during your travels, make sure you follow these tips:
· Inform close family and friends/neighbors that you are leaving. Let them know where you are going, how you are traveling and what your itinerary is. Also let them know when you expect to return. If you are able to, check in with loved ones while you are away so they know you are safe.
· If you are leaving the county, be sure to read up on the culture and customs of the places you will visit. This will help you stay out of trouble while you are away.
· Get embassy or consulate information for any foreign countries you will visit. Should you experience a travel or health emergency this information can be extremely helpful.
· Don’t allow yourself to become a victim – Do not carry around large sums of money; avoid keeping your cash all in the same place; store credit cards and cash separately; and keep your travel documents on you at all times. Be sure to make copies that you keep in a separate place.
· Travel Insurance – Because accidents and sicknesses happen, you may want to explore purchasing travel insurance. Otherwise, you may be denied access to better medical care.
Being prepared can really help you get the most enjoyment out of your summer travels. You can’t plan for everything, but taking some basic precautions can save you from a great deal of headaches and hassles should a problem or illness arise during your vacation.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!