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Summer travel tips for seniors

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Travel

The desire to travel isnt restricted to only the young people. Anyone who is young at heart feels the desire to explore new places and meet new people. The senior citizens of our country are no exceptions. And this love for traveling is at its peak during the summer season. But before the seniors set out for travel they should bear in mind a few basic things that would make their trip more safe and enjoyable.

The very first thing that you need to decide on as a senior is the place you want to go. While making a decision see to it that the place has those things to offer that would appeal to mature travelers like you. The experiences, entertainment and relaxation the region promises to provide you should be geared towards your specific needs.

You have to be conscious about your health. If you are not careful about looking after yourself you can hurt yourself and would miss out on the fun of the trip. It is better to consult your doctor to know whether it would be safe for you to embark on a travel and do respect his opinions. He may also offer you tips for avoiding injury while on trip.

Avoid carrying heavy luggage as you may end up hurting your back. It can also lead to sprains in your neck or shoulder. So avoid packing unnecessary things and carry only those articles that are an absolute must.

If you have to pick up something heavy, like your luggage then bend at your knees and lift the luggage putting the stress on your leg muscles instead of your back and waist. You should also be careful about your spine and avoid twisting or rotating it.

Pack your luggage in a transportable piece which is light but hardy at the same time. It should come with a handle and wheels so that it is easier for you to move it around. You can also divide your luggage into several smaller bags. Once you have lifted your bags, make sure that you hold them close to your body. Also remember not to rush while you lift or carry your luggage. When you think you wont be able to handle all your luggage ask for help. There would always be those good Samaritans eager to help you out.

If you have settled for a backpack then see to it that it has two shoulder straps and not one. Their lengths should also be adjustable.  This distributes the weight evenly. They should also be well padded so that it is easy on your shoulders. Get one with several compartments so that you can pack your things separately and can have easier access to the things you want.

If your travel includes long hours of flight then vary your position after certain periods. This will reduce the stress on your spine. Also stretch your legs to stop them from getting cramped and keep the circulation going.

Make sure that you are carrying all your prescribed medicines. Also carry a list of all the phone numbers that you might need in case of an emergency. Also have all your documents at a place where they are safe yet easily accessible.