Packing light is essential to avoid having to carry excessively heavy bags. Take less clothing and plan to do laundry more often. If you’re not travelling for too long, fit it all in a carry-on suitcase so you can avoid the risk of losing checked bags. If you do have a heavier bag, ask for a room close to elevators or on the ground floor. If this isn’t possible, ask for assistance taking your luggage up and down stairs. Consider organising a transportation service such as a shuttle to and from the airport in advance so you avoid having to manage your luggage and finding your hotel on your own.
Make sure you bring extras of any medication you need. Your doctor should be able to advise you about packing extra as needed and how best to store them while travelling. It is also likely pharmacists overseas will be unfamiliar with Australian brand names so ask your doctor for a list of the precise generic names of your medications and any equivalents that might be available in your destination. Make sure not to put any important medication with your checked baggage in case they get lost, opt to carry on with you instead.
Although travel insurance tends to be more expensive for seniors, it is well worth it in case of emergency. Look into a couple of different options to make sure you’re covered for everything that may be a problem for you. Evacuation insurance may be a relevant consideration if you are at risk of becoming too ill to fly commercially.
For popular sights you might be visiting, consider going later in the day when there is likely to be smaller crowds and cooler temperatures. Look into tours that specialise in senior needs and enjoy being able to explore at a more relaxed pace. Some museums will also have hearing support for those that struggle with auditory issues. Ensure you have appropriate footwear if you’re planning on big days of touring and walking. Try and find bus or boat tours or hire an English-speaking cab driver to take you on a tour of the area. Avoid subways if you struggle walking up and down stairs, consider instead using city buses or taxis. Don’t forget to show that seniors’ card for concession rates as well!
If you’re planning on fitting a lot of sightseeing and activities into your itinerary, be sure to account for enough rest days. It’s important not to push yourself too hard and have some time to rest and regenerate. Consider the occasional sleep in or afternoon siesta to ensure you’re not exhausting yourself too much in one day. A good way to do some easy sightseeing is picking out a nice local café and sitting down for some food or a coffee and enjoying some people watching.
We wish you a pleasant trip from everyone here at Allswell Communities. For our lovely residents, you can rest easy and enjoy your trip knowing that we’ll take care of everything back home until you return. Bon voyage!