Travel Tips for Seniors: Safety Issues You Need to Know About


Before you pack your suitcase and head for the airport, there are a few important safety issues that you need to know about. While you might be ready to spend your retirement traveling around the country, exploring new places, and seeing new things, you need to realize that your safety comes first. Even if you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, proper preparation will help ensure that you have a safe trip. There are a number of potential issues that you could face on your journey. Fortunately, even the most frustrating of safety problems can be prevented through proper preparation.

1. Pickpockets

Did you know that you could deal with pickpockets on your trip? Whether you’re planning a trip to New York City or to the Bahamas, pickpockets can be a very real threat. In most cases, a pickpocket will “lift” your purse or wallet so skillfully that you might not notice your belongings are missing right away. In fact, it could be hours before you notice that you have been robbed. This makes it nearly impossible to catch a pickpocket.

To prevent your important documents and financial information from being stolen, always choose bags that have zippers on them. Avoid carrying an open tote bag and instead opt for a purse or fanny pack. While you might prefer to carry a backpack, keep in mind that backpacks are easy to steal from since they aren’t in your direct line of sight. Should you choose to carry your bag behind you, make sure that you keep your money somewhere else. Consider investing in a travel wallet that you wear under your shirt. This will keep your passport, ID cards, and money safe while you travel.


2. Dehydration

You probably do a great job staying hydrated at home, but finding ways to stay properly hydrated during a trip can be difficult. Many seniors find that traveling makes them feel more thirsty. Seniors are especially prone to dehydration during lengthy flights or long car rides. Your body needs plenty of water in order to function properly at any age. Not only could dehydration make you feel thirsty, but a lack of water can also make you feel weak, dizzy, or even nauseous.

Consider investing in a reusable water bottle before you go on a trip. You’ll be able to refill it at restaurants or at your hotel so that you always have a source of fluid when you’re out and about. Make sure that you take sips from your water bottle frequently. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body needs the water.

3. Medication

Do you take a daily medication? What about a regular vitamin? Most seniors take some sort of medicine on a consistent basis. If this pertains to you, then you’ll need to start planning for your trip as early as possible. Keep in mind that you might not be able to get your regular prescriptions filled on your vacation. Depending on the location of your vacation and the availability of your prescribed medication in that country or area, you could find yourself stuck without your much-needed pills.

Before your trip, meet with your doctor to talk about your medication. Many insurance companies will let you refill your prescription early or will even let you fill it one extra time for your vacation. Another option for getting your medication would be to ask if your doctor has any extra samples that he would be willing to give you for the journey. Make sure that you pack these in your carry-on luggage to avoid accidentally losing them before you even reach your final destination.