To Russia with Mom: Useful Equipment for Elderly Travelers
Here is a checklist of useful equipment and supplies. Much of this should be in the zippable tote bag you carry on to the plane or train.
- A foldable cane. Not only will this provide extra balance and security on uneven pavement or cobblestones, but it sends a signal to surrounding people that this person may be moving slowly, may not respond quickly to the unexpected, may not be stable, and they will give you wider passage, a helping hand, more consideration.
- A head lamp/lantern/flashlight. Lighting in hotel rooms may be inadequate for visually handicapped travelers – a bright LED headlamp is great for late-night reading or early-morning packing.
4. An ample supply of adult diapers (If there is any possibility of incontinence)
5. A packet of pop-up wipes such as are used for babies – handy for cleaning hands, spills, surfaces as well as any toilet accidents.
6. Energy bars for snacks.
7. A blow-up neck pillow – make sure it is easy to inflate and deflate, and has a comfortable cover. Older old can fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but also wake up with stiff joints.
8. Travel sox – it is nice to take off shoes if you are on a long flight.
9. A shoe horn in your carry-on – to get those shoes back on after they have swollen in flight.
10. A couple of packets of plastic utensils (very useful in eating that cold breakfast) Nab a couple of extra packets from the airline meal trolley – these are perfect!
11. Extra batteries for flashlight, hearing aids, noise-cancelling headphones
12. Medications pre-loaded in pillboxes marked for each day of the week.