Traveling is supposed to be an exciting experience, which is why you should never allow the stress of packing to ruin the fun. For seniors, in particular, it’s important to travel light keeping any mobility limitations in mind while being careful to not forget your prescriptions or climate-appropriate clothing. Use the following tips and tricks to streamline the process and make your travel preparations less stressful:
10 Long Travel Packing Hacks For Senior People
Compile a List of Essentials
A packing checklist may very well be your greatest preparation ally. There are plenty of examples available online, but your personal inventory would need to be tailored towards your own necessities including any medication, mobility comforts, and, of course, your passport. Start assembling this list immediately, and add to it indefinitely until it becomes a thorough record of your essentials. When the time comes to commit to the packing action, this procedure will be as simple as crossing these points off one by one, eliminating those last minute stresses and the chances of forgetting anything.
It is important to be aware of your airline’s restrictions, taking note of your bag’s permitted dimensions and weight allowance. Once you know these details, choose a bag which complies with this criteria while considering your physical abilities too. It’s also worth noting that expensive cases tend to attract thieves and hard cases can add unnecessary weight to your total amount. Furthermore, the bigger the bag, the more tempted you will be to shove needless nonsense into its corners.
To avoid the blind panic of procrastinated packing, always leave at least 24 hours to gradually introduce items into your space. This will grant your thoughts the time they need to evaluate your choices while avoiding the chance of forgetting anything crucial. Start with essential items first and foremost, and only once you’re certain that you’ve covered the imperatives, then you can toy with some of the more luxury inclusions. As the final hour approaches, you’ll be in a better position to revisit your selections, always opting to remove things rather than increasing the load just for the sake of it.
Research Smarter Products
Thankfully, there are various clever products on the market designed to lighten your load and combine your basic requirements. Ziplock bags are ideal to store similar items together, keeping your toiletries or medication in one easy to access place. Consider investing in an eReader to shave substantial weight off of hefty hardcover books. Look at easy to assemble and portable accessories such as folding canes or international travel adapters. And on desperate occasions, multipurpose soap can be a lifesaver, working as a skin cleanser, a shampoo, and a conditioner all in one.
A common traveling mistake that people often make is to overpack their clothing. Your best approach is to research the weather of your destination and plan an outfit per each day of your stay. Another sneaky trick is to only pack neutral colored garments (your blacks, whites, and grays) which will allow you the freedom to mix and match whatever you have, using simple accessories to brighten up the presentation. It is also worth your time to compare the weight of your options, always favoring your lightest pair of jeans or shoes over the alternative.
Plan to Wash Your Clothes on Holiday
Take a look at the facilities offered at the place you are staying, and if they come with a laundry service, then you can pack a substantially smaller load and wear the same items throughout your trip. Even better is if you can find a communal laundromat and make an adventure out of it, getting to know how the system works in this foreign world.
Depending on the length of your journey, it may be in your best interest to purchase travel-sized toiletries such as small deodorants, sunscreen, and toothpaste. These can then be placed in your carry-on baggage, freeing up some extra space. There is also a chance that you won’t need any of these items, as certain hotels or resorts will provide you with hygiene products, and even if they don’t, you could always buy some cheap local brands for a more authentic experience.
Getting the Most of Your Space
The smaller your luggage, the less complicated the travel, but how do you fit everything in? One of the more popular methods is to not fold your clothing, and instead, roll them up before placing them into vacuum sealed compression bags. This will not only reduce the airspace but should also prevent any annoying creases in the material once you land on the other side. Another handy tip is to tuck smaller items (such as gloves or socks) into the larger ones, utilizing all of the available room without threatening to burst the lid off.
Know Your Weight
One simple action that so many people overlook is to weigh your packed bags at home. To do so, weigh yourself while holding your bag, then weigh yourself without holding your bag, and subtract those numbers to calculate the difference. Check that your total is comfortably below your airline’s restrictions while also ensuring that your bag is not too heavy for you to transport over long distances. If you are worried that you may be too close to the limit, pack your least favorite articles near the top to easily discard of them if you run into any airport issues.
Wear as Much Clothing as Possible
Be very careful with this suggestion as you may run the risk of overheating, but remember that your own body can work as a suitcase itself. Always wear your bulkiest clothing when you get onto your flight and fill their pockets with any smaller essentials. Jackets and sweaters can also be tied around your waist at no extra cost. Then before you take your seat, simply remove these items and place them in the overhead storage, hoping that no one notices.