The general population is growing older and the number of seniors has been rapidly increasing over the last decade. Not only are people living longer and longer, but the Baby Boomer generation is entering their retirement years in huge numbers.
Although this fact has many trickle-down consequences, the most common is that more and more parents are living with their adult children. Even for those that are living independently, the number of families with multiple generations has definitely increased.
This not only enriches your family dynamic for the better but allows you and your children to be able to spend more time with the older generation.
Family vacations and travel with your parents can change not only the number of people in your group, but it can also mean a lot of changes to your planning, which vehicle you travel in, and packing routines.
Seniors tend to have more personal needs — as well as medications and health concerns — than the other members of the family. Thus, getting ready to travel with your parents can take a bit more planning to make sure that things go smoothly.
Checklist for Traveling With Your Senior Parents
Take a look at our checklist that can help you get organized and confident that you are properly prepared before heading out the door to make some great family memories! You can print the Checklist For Traveling Seniors Here!
Before you set out on your trip, have a quick check-up with their doctor to clear them for travel. Fill all prescriptions and medications, and remember, it is very important to take all prescriptions with you in original bottles!
*Non-prescription medications including aspirin
*Motion sickness tablets
*Arthritis cream or medications
*Sunscreen and insect repellent
*Hearing aid battery accessories
All chargers, power cords and connection cables for electronics
Portable DVD player and movies
When traveling or crossing any international borders you should have all of the following paperwork with you in your carry on luggage.
All hotel and travel reservation details
Photocopies of all of your identification
Records of vaccinations
Information about the local embassy in the country that you will be visiting
Specific directions to your destination
Translation language guides or books
Emergency contact information
Doctor’s name and contact information
Cash or checks
Prepaid phone cards
Books and magazines
Magnifying glass for reading
Bottle of water
Comfortable walking shoes
Walking stick or cane
Baseball hat or sun hat
Although there is no way to anticipate everything that may occur while you are on vacation, being prepared is the best way to have some peace of mind.
Every situation is different and each family member has their own needs, but following a simple packing guideline may help you make your parents more confident and comfortable while you are on vacation. Having everything in order before you head out for the horizon can make even the smallest travel hiccup pass smoothly.
Have you ever traveled with your parents? What essentials do you recommend for the trip?