We’ve all heard the phrase, “travel is a great way to see the world.” But what if you’re not sure where you want to go? Or you don’t have the energy or mobility to handle an extended trip. Whatever your situation, there are plenty of ways for older adults in retirement communities—or anyone with mobility issues—to get out and about this summer.
Many of these ideas are easy for anyone to do on their own; others require help from others (like family members or caregivers). Whether playing miniature golf with friends or spending time at the beach, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while staying cool. Before you book your next senior summer travel trip, some important things to consider will make your trip more enjoyable!
You’re probably familiar with the basics of staying hydrated: drink plenty of water, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, etc. But some additional tips can help keep you healthy and happy during hot weather travel.
Keep a bottle of water in your car at all times. If you don’t have one already, buy one (or two) before your trip, so it’s ready to go when you leave on your road trip or flight!
Pack snacks like dried fruit and nuts contain healthy fats that will help keep hunger at bay while providing energy for long drives or flights without stopping at restaurants.
Use Sunscreen and Wear Protective Clothing
If you’re spending time outdoors, wearing protective clothing and sunscreen is a good idea. The sun can damage your skin, especially if you have thinning or wrinkled skin that isn’t as strong as it used to be. You must protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing hats and long sleeves whenever possible and applying plenty of sunscreen before heading out for your trip.
Pack a Cooler
This is a great way to keep your food fresh and cool. Just pack the cooler with ice, fill it with freezer-safe containers of your favorite drinks (don’t forget the wine!), and store it in the backseat or trunk of your car. When you’re ready for lunch or dinner, pull out whatever delicious treats are appropriate for that time of day!
Wear Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes from the Blazing Sun
Sunscreen is a must-have for any summer trip, but don’t forget about your eyelids! You can get sunburned on your eyelids just as easily as on any other part of your body. Protecting yourself from ultraviolet rays will help prevent wrinkles and age spots from forming in this delicate area.
Don’t Stay Out in the Sun for Long Periods
As you age, your skin is more likely to burn and peel. To protect yourself from sun damage, wear a hat that shades your face and neck and long sleeves and pants or skirts that cover most of your skin. If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, bring sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection.
Maybe you have to spend time outside during the day. Try to do it early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler outside-you’ll feel less tired afterward!
Older adults in Retirement communities should plan their summer travel carefully. Traveling during the hot summer months can be dangerous for older adults, especially if they are not used to the heat or have health concerns that make them more vulnerable.