Today, more and more seniors are taking advantage of non-emergency transportation services to see the world. These companies offer travel packages all over the world that include hotel accommodations, event tickets, and food vouchers. They specialize in providing safe transportation during commutes and sightseeing excursions for individuals who may be too old or ill to go out on their own. If you know someone who is traveling with a non-emergency transportation company soon, check out this list of things they will need beforehand so they can enjoy their trip without leaving anything behind:
A traveling case is an absolute necessity when it comes to a long trip abroad. While some people choose to use a carry-on bag, many seniors find that it is more comfortable to bring a traveling case along with them. This way they have enough room for all of their belongings and do not have to worry about squeezing the toothpaste tube in half to make it fit into a tiny travel kit designed for teens. When buying one, check for:
No matter how old someone is or how steady she thinks her legs are, this safety belt should be worn at all times while onboard. These belts go around the waist and clip-on tightly. They will keep seniors from falling down in case of an accident and can easily be removed once people get off the bus or plane.
A traveling mask is a must for light sleepers who do not want to disturb the bright lights throughout the trip. These masks cover eyes gently and allow for a good night’s rest when one might otherwise toss and turn with the annoyance of being awake. When looking for these items, remember that they should:
Sleeping is so much easier when there is no sound to interrupt. Earplugs can be purchased in any major drugstore, and they are easy to bring along when traveling. These items should:
This item is best for people who get sick on long car rides with little stops. If one of your parents begins to feel queasy or disoriented, this is an excellent remedy for feeling better. These non-drowsy pills will calm down stomach pains and headaches caused by travel sickness, and they can easily be slipped into a purse without taking up much room. When looking for these items:
A clear tote bag is essential when traveling. It can be used as a carry-on while at the airport and, in case luggage gets lost, it will allow your parents to see what they have packed. This clear bag should:
If someone has trouble with seatbelts sliding underneath their arms (as many older adults do), these seatbelt covers are helpful. They make sure the belt does not slide around the body and stay in place while traveling.
This seatbelt cover should:
A glow stick is useful when being dropped off at a dark airport at night or if there is an emergency evacuation during a flight. It can also help light up pathways on nighttime hiking trips or walks through unfamiliar neighborhoods. If you want to make great use of this item:
These tags are useful if your parents leave behind their luggage at an airport or hotel. It is helpful to have one place to contact them on travel documents in case this happens. An ideal luggage tag should:
This device is especially helpful when traveling by car. Without an alarm clock, it can be hard to track how long the trip is taking and when one should stop to rest. An ideal alarm clock for traveling:
Preparing for Travel Checklist
A checklist such as this can be useful during travel. It makes it easy for someone to remember everything they need at home while packing, and when arriving at their destination safely. If you would like this item in your checklist:
PIn case of an emergency, this information will allow anyone helping your parent(s) at the time (such as airport employees or other passengers on board an airplane) to quickly and correctly contact someone who knows about their medical history. Always keep these numbers with you: