Whether it’s a day trip to the beach, a longer distance drive to see grandchildren, or the chance of a lifetime cruise, travel is one of the markers of a full life. When our mobility becomes limited with age or illness, one of the first changes is the limits made to traveling. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! With planning and the right devices, travel is not only possible, it can be enjoyable.
Technology has made travel more accessible than ever. Use these tips to make your next trip fulfilling and fun!
- Plan, plan, then plan some more. Whether it’s to a niece's for a family reunion or to a resort for a week of fun, comb the itinerary for all travel, connections, lodging, and meal questions. If you use a wheelchair, cane, or walker, find out about stairs, elevators, distances, and cars. There’s no such thing as too much planning, and with the internet, there’s no reason to not know the ins and outs of every airport, hotel, and leg of your trip. When helping a loved one make these plans, keep everything organized and easy for them to glance at times, dates, and other necessary information.
- Pack lightly, but be prepared. Depending on your method of travel (car, train, plane) there will be different restrictions on suitcases, medication, wheelchairs and more. That’s when our #1 tip comes into play. Don’t be taken by surprise and protect yourself when going through airport security. Bring a variety of clothes that can be layered—no matter where you go or how you travel, the weather is unpredictable! Be sure to have prescriptions, spare batteries, and other necessaries with you. Carry these items on the plane if you are traveling by air, luggage gets lost or delayed all the time.
- Keep an open mind about a new assistive device. It may be time for a cane or rollator to help make traveling easier and more fun. Compression socks or gloves can ease the discomfort of flying or driving to new destinations. There’s also a number of handles and swivel seats that make getting in and out of the car more comfortable. Don’t let changes in your body or health limit your travel.
At Ease Living, we want you to be able to live your life to the fullest and do all the things you enjoy—even if you have to change things up bit. Take a look around our shop to find quality devices that will help you travel the way you want to!