How Older Adults Can Prepare for Winter Outings (As Inspired By Our Communities)

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No matter how old you get, going on a trip or an outing is always exciting. But sometimes with age comes the need for more preparation before embarking on these activities. Here, we’ll offer a quick guide to help make sure you’re prepared to safely and comfortably enjoy yourself wherever you’re going.


Do Your Research

Whether you’re only going a short distance, or a little further, there are some simple things you can do to ensure your outing is a successful one. Before you go, check for updated rules, new policies or adjusted hours. It only takes a few minutes to do this with a brief phone call or a quick online search, and can end up saving you the trouble of a wasted trip.

Depending on the different variables, like the time of day or year, traffic may be a bigger nuisance than usual that can cause significant delays in your arrival. To avoid having your outing cut short, allow for extra travel time to account for any time lost to busy roads. If you’re going to a new destination, it may be a good idea to research a few different routes to prepare for any unexpected road closures.


Wear the Right Gear

You could be visiting the happiest place in the world, but you won’t be able to enjoy yourself if you aren’t comfortable. Wearing the proper attire for your outing may seem like an obvious thing, but it can offer benefits beyond comfort. Shoes, in particular, are especially important in maintaining comfort and safety. Your footwear choice can prevent falls, even beyond the icy winter months we’re currently in.

Pay attention to the weather forecast for that day, even if you mostly plan on being inside. You may want to bring an umbrella or an extra sweater you can easily put on or take off, as needed.  Weather can be unpredictable, so it never hurts to be prepared.


Bring the Essentials

Everyone has certain things they don’t leave the house without, but you may feel it’s not necessary to bring along your usual gear. Or, you may be reluctant to bring along your everyday essentials in fear that you may lose them. Regardless of your reasons, it’s always a good idea to keep certain things, like medication for any health conditions, on your person in case of emergencies.

Taking less critical things like a cell phone can be helpful, even if you don’t plan on using it. In fact, you may even be able to use it to capture memories to look back on and remind you of your experience. It’s reasonable to try to “travel light,” but it may be worth packing the things you don’t anticipate needing, just in case.



These are just some helpful things to keep in mind as you embrace life traveling near and far.