5 Packing tips for travelling senior citizens

Rolling along

Buy suitcases that have roller wheels. It will make it much easier to navigate

through airports and hotels rather than carrying a bag. If your suitcase doesn’t

have a divider, use a piece of strong cardboard to keep your clothes neat and

organised.

Pack light

Maximise your luggage space by taking clothing items that can be layered and

interchanged. If you are travelling for a few weeks, you can wash your clothes and

reuse them. Roll your bulky items such as jumpers to save space in your luggage.

If you are travelling as a couple, divide your clothes, money and belongings

evenly between each of your suitcases. If one of your bags gets delayed or lost

you will still have something to wear and money to spend.

Take care with spares

Take a spare pair of your prescription glasses in case you lose or break your pair.

It is also handy to take an eye glasses script should you need to get a new pair

while you are away. If you wear hearing aids, take spare batteries with you as they

might be hard to find. If you use dentures, take enough denture adhesive for the

entire trip.

Roaming around

Ring your mobile phone company and turn off global roaming and data on

your phone before you leave. Overseas roaming charges are extremely expensive.

Pick up a local SIM card at your destination to make cheap local calls and lower

cost international calls.

Identify yourself

Clearly label your luggage with your name, home address and phone number

with international dialling codes. If the airline luggage stickers fall off your bags,

you stand more chance of your bags being returned if they have contact details

securely attached. To help your luggage stand out baggage carousel, tie a brightly

coloured piece of material (preferably with a pattern) around a handle.