Vacations can be a great time to relax and rest from your daily routine. However, if you are caring for a loved one with a chronic illness, preparing for the trip can bring unique stress points. Use these tips to handle some of the obstacles you may run into while planning.

10 Tips for Prepare for Traveling with a Senior 600

  • Plan to travel during the right time of day – usually mid-morning or early afternoon – to preserve energy.
  • If you’re flying, book non-stop flights whenever possible to cut down on traveling time.
  • If your loved one has trouble walking or climbing stairs, be sure to arrange for transportation inside the airport in advance, and look for which type of aircraft you’ll be flying before you book. Some smaller regional jets require you to climb a flight of stairs to board which can cause problems for older travelers.
  • Wear loose clothing, which can be more comfortable and reduce the risk of blood clots when you are sitting or standing for long periods of time. Also consider compression stockings on long flights.
  • Pack smart by keeping your wardrobe – and your luggage – to a minimum so you don’t tire from hauling a large suitcase. Consider a rolling suitcase so you don’t have to do any heavy lifting.
  • When you’re packing medications, be sure to keep them in the original containers so that if you need to reorder at a local pharmacy you have the name and dosage of the meds, along with your doctor’s phone number if there are any questions. If you use the generic version of a medication, be sure you know exactly what it is called.
  • Keep a small notebook for writing down items like your hotel room number or the names and addresses of places you want to visit.
  • Carry an extra pair of eyeglasses if you have them, and maybe a magnifying glass for help reading maps or other small print.
  • If your loved one wears hearing aids, bring spare batteries – it can be difficult to find a specific size away from home.
  • Be sure your loved one drinks plenty of water throughout the trip. Older travelers are more likely to experience dehydration, which can cause fatigue and interfere with blood sugar levels.

Above all, be careful and have fun. Are you planning travel with a loved one this summer? Let us know how you’re planning to prepare in the comments below.