Summer Travel Tips

Traveling this Summer? Here are a few tips to consider before heading to the airport:

  • The Transportation Security Administration offers a handy checklist that offers up tips based on what is and is not allowed through security.
  • If you have special needs, the TSA offers support for security check-in via TSA Cares. The helpline provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Call ( (855) 787-2227) 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
  • Research the weather a few days before you leave so that you can pack accordingly.
  • Visit your doctor before you leave to make sure you’re on top of all vaccinations, medication refills and treatment instructions (take a copy with you written out by your doctor) in case you need to visit a medical provider at your destination.
  • If you’re changing time zones, medication schedules, along with changes in eating schedule may need to be considered. In addition, jet lag can be a real trial when you aren’t used to the disruption. Make sure you plan your activities with enough of a time buffer before your flight and after reaching your destination so that you don’t wear yourself out.
  • Make sure you have enough medications for the duration of the trip.
  • Long air travel can make one prone to Deep Vein Thrombosis. Drink plenty of water and take an aspirin (if it’s safe for you to do so) before your flight. Make sure you get up from your seat at regular intervals to walk a bit. If you are concerned, speak with your doctor before flying.
  • Pack spare items like prescription glasses or other necessary items, in carry-on bags and packed bags, that may end up getting lost or delayed during travel.
  • Go to the website of your destination airport to get familiar with the layout or to find out about any special announcements (construction or repairs) that are currently highlighted. In general the internet can be a great resource for specific travel information, delays and local announcements.

Travel has become more complex. If you haven’t gone on trip in a while you’ll be surprised at how the landscape has changed. Additionally, the summer months have increased traffic at the airports. You’ll feel more relaxed if you begin your trip prepared and supported.

Need extra help? Broad Street provides Travel Companions; Personal Assistants who help plan itineraries, support departure and return travel and provide active companionship during the trip for a more enjoyable and engaging experience.

We also provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall health care and awareness in the home. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, Illinois, the North Shore area of Chicago.

For more information, please call 847.728.0134.