5 Safe Travel Tips for Seniors Who Love Vacationing in the Great Outdoors
Today’s seniors are more active than the generations before them, embarking on grand adventures like RV-ing across the United States in their retirement or even crossing off bucket-list items such as skydiving at the age of 80 – or even older.
If you’re in your golden years, these safe travel tips will help you stay active and well so that you can continue to enjoy the outdoor adventures you love long into retirement.
Get a Well Check with Your Healthcare Provider
Even if you feel like you’re in the best shape of your life, you could have underlying health conditions that might make certain outdoor activities dangerous. Visit your physician for a routine checkup before embarking on any exciting adventures to be sure that your plans won’t be detrimental to your health. The good news is that routine checkups can detect chronic conditions before they become major problems, most of which can be managed through medications and lifestyle changes.
Don’t Go It Alone
Traveling alone can be an exciting way to discover yourself (or rediscover yourself), but if you’re planning to participate in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, or something else, going it alone is ill-advised. Should an accident happen, your travel companion may be able to provide basic first aid and seek help. It’s also a good idea to leave your itinerary with someone not accompanying you on the trip who can alert the proper authorities if you’re late in returning.
Pack Like a Pro
Vacationing in the great outdoors means you’re likely to be on the move throughout your trip. Even if you’re camping in one spot, you’ll probably venture out away from the campsite to take a leisurely stroll or even a jog on the trails.
There are tons of items you need to pack for traveling in the great outdoors, from clothing for different weather conditions to sturdy shoes for hiking, your camera, non-perishable food, and more. Investing in the right luggage for outdoor adventures will save you many packing headaches and allow you to lighten your load with strategic storage options so that you can get to your destination with everything you need.
Gear Up with Appropriate Protective Gear
The right gear for your next adventure depends on the activities you plan to participate in. If you’re hiking or camping, sunblock is a must. If you’re biking, you’ll want to take a helmet, and if swimming or boating is on your agenda, a life jacket is a critical safety device. Plan your activities in advance so that you’re sure to pack all the protective gear you need to stay safe.
Take Emergency Supplies
If you’re camping or hiking, packing light makes for an easier trip. But one thing you shouldn’t skimp on is an emergency kit to keep in your car or camper.
Many things can happen in the great outdoors requiring basic first aid, such as cuts and scrapes that can become infected if left untreated. A basic first aid kit won’t add much weight to your load and will serve you well under many circumstances.
There’s no reason to let your age stop you from crossing off every last item on your bucket list, no matter how physically challenging your goals may be. Seniors of all ages are embarking on exciting outdoor adventures and having the time of their lives.
Staying safe when vacationing in the great outdoors will help you stay healthy so that you can enjoy many more adventures.
Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her blog: My New Well Thank you Vee for sharing these great travel tips!