Traveling with parents should not be a burden but an opportunity to have a wonderful time together. Note the suggestions enumerated below and you should have no trouble with your vacation trip.
Ensure that the itinerary is not too fast paced.
Your parents are too old to go on an adventure trip, and they are supposed to relax and enjoy their vacation. The timetable should be widely spaced to allow for rests in between activities and to avoid falling behind schedules that will force you to make up for lost time.
Ensure that everyone has ample sleep
Your normal sleep requirement is the same regardless of where you are, from 6 to 8 hours every day. All activities should stop no later than 11 p.m. to prepare for the next day. Your parents may feel a little more tired than usual if you have done some walking during the day, so soak their feet in warm water before going to bed.
Have ample supply of their medication.
Your parents above all else should have their supply of medicines, and make sure that the medicines will last the entire duration of your vacation, plus extras in case of delays. The best way to make sure that nothing is forgotten when going on an extended trip, is to make a list of “to bring” things, and medicines should be right there at the top. When packing your parents’ medicines, include the medical records and the name and contact numbers of their physicians in case of a medical situation.
A balanced diet
As people grow older, their eating habits and dietary needs change, so anticipate and plan for more light meals with low fat, sugar and salt contents when going on a vacation with your parents. Always have a sandwich or high fiber biscuits in your bag in case they get hungry and there isn’t a snack bar in the vicinity. Also make sure that you and your parents drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.
Bring along a first aid travel pack.
Your first aid travel pack should contain medication for fever and diarrhea, cold symptoms and giddiness. It should also include a thermometer, tweezers, sharp scissors, safety pins, adhesive bandages, sterile gauze, adhesive tape and antiseptic wipes. You first aid kit should include the bare minimum to treat the usual medical emergencies, although it would be better if you can bring more medical supplies. Do check the expiry date for those medications that you bring along to ensure that they are safe for consumption.
Traveling with your parents need not be a hassle as long as you plan ahead and take care of their needs. So long as you plan and prepare for all eventualities, you and you parents should have a grand time.
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