Its that time of year when family may want you to go see them- don't stress this is a great way to get your loved one out of the house and gets them excited. Either way you can relax and be ready with these easy travel planning tips:
1) Be Prepared
-If you plan ahead, some of the uncertainty can be managed.
Consider when your loved one’s best time of day is, and use that as your travel time.
-Plan your route so you arrive at your destination or at your hotel ahead of the time they usually struggle or need a break.
-Book hotels ahead of time so you won’t be stranded when everything is full during the busy travel season.
2) Have Realistic Expectations
-Driving twelve hours a day when you are on your own might be achievable. But if your loved one usually naps or needs a break after four or five hours, make that your travel goal for the day. It may take longer to get where you are going, but it will be worth it in the end.
3) Remember Important Documents
-No one wants to think they will end up in a hospital emergency room in a strange city. But it happens. Remember to pack a copy of their medication list, physician contact information, any pertinent medical history/documents, and something that lists who do call in case of an emergency.
4) Remember Your Car Cell Phone Charger
- It can cause your cell phone battery to go dead more quickly. Make sure your battery is fully charged before you leave home. If you are traveling by car, remember to pack your car cell phone charger.
5) Keep Loved Ones Informed of Your Plans.
-Make sure everyone on both ends of your trip knows your plans. Check in with them frequently, and let them know how far you plan to travel each day.
Remember to be safe and enjoy yourself this is a holiday vacation for all of you!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.