Come rain or shine, or hail or snow, older adults are learning the keys to travelling in seasonal weather. Some are listed below.
Springtime thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flooding are problematic.
- Choose a morning flight or travel departure time. If weather causes trip delays or cancelations, you will have more options throughout the day to schedule alternative travel.
- Check weather at connecting travel cities, not just at your destination. If weather looks threatening, you can contact your airline, train operator, etc. to see if you can be rerouted.
Seniors are susceptible to hyperthermia presenting as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Stay well-hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and be sure to drink up. Plan ahead on your day excursions to refill or restock your water supply as you go.
- Wear and reapply sunscreen regularly. Caregivers can help with slathering on sunscreen. UV protection is essential for those with thinning hair or bald heads.
Autumn’s shortening days plus freezing drizzle and fog can reduce visibility on leaf-slick roads and airport runways.
- Slow down on wet pavement. On road trips, keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Bring along a GPS, compass and map on outdoor adventures. Your cellphone’s directional apps may not work in remote travel locations.
Extreme cold, snow, ice and brutal winds usher in a bone-chilling reality for holiday and wintertime travel.
- Pack clothing that can be layered rather than bulky items. Choose thin, insulating layers including a wool layer that helps regulate body temperature.
- Plan ahead for a possible overnight at the airport or train/bus station. If your flight or other public transportation is canceled, it is best to be prepared with extra cash, medications and personal care items.
Regardless of the season, make sure updated mobile phone numbers are shared with loved ones and friends, so help is at your fingertips when away from home.
What inclement weather travel tips for seniors do you recommend?