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July 03, 2013

3 Need-to-Know Summer Travel Safety Tips for Active Older Adults

It’'s summer and, for many older adults, that means it’'s time to hit the road. According to AAA, two thirds of Americans plan to take a summer vacation. No matter where you’'re traveling, it’'s wise to take a few precautions to ensure you have an enjoyable and hassle-free experience. Be sure to follow these safety tips before you set out for your vacation destination.

Plan Your Route

Whether you plan to drive, fly, or take a train, be sure to take a few minutes to know where you’'re going while you’'re still in the comfort of your home. If you’'re taking mass transit, have a plan to get from the airport or train station to your hotel, and research public transportation options for getting around at your destination.

If you’'re driving, you are likely relying on a GPS unit or a GPS app on your phone for navigation. These new technologies can be confusing, so save all of the important addresses you need on the device you’'re using before you leave. This will keep you on track and prevent you from fiddling with the device while you’'re driving. If you’'re using printed or traditional road maps, have your route highlighted and rely on your co-pilot, if you have one, to help you out. This will help you keep your eyes safely on the road. And don’t forget to buckle up! Safety belts are proven lifesavers.

Protect Your Wallet

Whether you’'re traveling to somewhere in the U.S. or flying overseas, older adults are often seen as easy targets for pickpockets and other theives, so protecting your money is vital. First, don’t keep all of your money in one place. Split up cash and credit cards in several places, so if your purse, wallet, or suitcase are lost or stolen, you’'re not stranded. Also, consider a money belt if you’'re worried about pick pockets.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash either. Credit cards often offer refunds if your card is stolen and used by someone else. Cash often can’'t be replaced. If you’'re traveling abroad or far from home, be sure to call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’'ll be on vacation. Many companies lockdown accounts if they detect unusual activity, such as a purchase abroad.

Pack Smart

Before you pack your suitcase, be sure to make a list of all of your necessities, especially your medications. You’'ll want to have enough medication for the time you’'ll be gone, plus a few extra days in case you get delayed on your trip. Bring prescriptions for all of your prescribed medications to prove they belong to you. If you’'re flying to your destination, pack all of your medications and prescriptions in your carry-on so they are accessible.

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