Over 65 Travel Tips – Keeping Healthy While You Are Abroad

Are you enjoying retirement with grand plans that include seniors travel destinations? As strong and healthy as you might be at your age, it’s always a good idea to stay healthy throughout your retirement and particularly through any travel adventures and holidays you have planned.. Here are 4 very important over 65 travel tips to keep in mind the next time you start planning the next trip out of town.1 – Get Vaccinated.While you’re studying your destination, make it a point to check if there are any common local diseases you can get vaccinated against. It’s not required, but it’s definitely recommended for travel to exotic countries. You definitely don’t want to cut your vacation short simply because you got sick and had to go home, right? Make sure you take a visit to your doctor to ask about any travel vaccinations that may be required to stay healthy in your senior travels.Many diseases are carried by insects, especially mosquitoes in tropical climates. That’s why it’s always a good idea to pack insect repellent into your medicine kit – my favorite is Rid. Speaking of which…2 – Bring A First-Aid Kit Along.And no, you’re not supposed to bring band-aids and alcohol. Think of your medicine cabinet at home — that’s what your travel medicine kit should look like. You’ll need medicines for other common ailments in addition to your insect repelling measures. Here is what I tend to pack in my first aid kit, feel free to use it as a checklist:- Prescription drugs packed – preferably in their original containers/boxes
- Letter from your doctor stating the need for your medication
- VitaminsFirst aid kit:
- insect repellant
- Gastrolite
- Diarrhea mediation such as Imodium
- Tea tree oil
- Lucas’ paw paw
- Band-aids
- Aspirin / panadol
- Cold and flu tablets (without pseudoephedrine)
- Laxatives
- Medical information such as blood type, allergies and medication needs
- Thermometer
- Bandage for sprains
- Throat lozenges
- Emergency contact list3 – Watch The Drinking Water.Unfortunately, not all locations in the world have 100% safe drinking water straight from the tap. Drinking tap water can be the road to diarrhea and other digestive problems! If you’re not sure about the quality of the water at your location, err on the side of caution and drink bottled water instead.The same thing goes for eating — always order bottled water or soda, without ice. Ask the waiter if they wash your salad greens in tap water, and resist the temptation to eat anything raw (no matter how exotic it might be). Make sure all your orders are well-cooked!4 – Make Sure Your Medications Have Documentation.Some countries prohibit the entry of certain medications without the proper documentation. That’s why it’s important to bring documentation for your prescription medications and other meds the authorities may find suspicious. So, ensure that you get a letter from your doctor before you travel, stating the need for the medications and the amount you are traveling with.It’s also a good idea to note any food allergies you may have, especially if you take a tour package where your meals will be planned (like bus tours). It’s also a good idea to know the emergency numbers at your destination just in case something goes wrong.And finally, don’t travel if you’re feeling sick a few days before your departure. Postpone it if you have to, and cancel it if you feel you’ll be sick for days. Travel insurance should cover the costs of moving your vacation, so make sure you get covered before and during your holiday.