Holiday traveling may be difficult for the senior citizens especially if they are not prepared for the hustle and bustle. Older adults usually get injuries from lifting and carrying overloaded baggage.
Below are some helpful tips to guide seniors and their companions for the coming holidays:
Buy Appropriate Bags/Luggage
Since injuries due to heavy luggage are very common, it is best if their suitcases are not fully stuffed to the brim. Injuries occur at the back, shoulder and neck, especially if older passengers have to carry their bags. It is therefore advisable to buy suitcases with handle and wheels.
It has to be taken into consideration that carrying and lifting bulky luggage can extremely strain the bones, joints and muscles; therefore encourage the senior members of the family to pack lightly.
According to experts here are the best tips to follow for buying, carrying and lifting luggage:
· Buy sturdy, high quality, light and easily transportable luggage, it would be best to choose those with collapsible wheels and handles.
· Avoid luggage that are already bulky and heavy even when still empty.
· Pack smartly. Use multiple bags in order to maximize your luggage space. Keep your delicates in one small bag and your toiletries in another, then put the small bags inside the large luggage.
· Lift your luggage properly. Do not bend on your waist, but rather use your knees. Once you have lifted up the luggage, keep it close to your body for additional support.
· Avoid twisting and turning when carrying your luggage. If you have to turn, point your toes in the specific direction and then turn your whole body in one movement.
· Lift your luggage slowly. Take your time especially if it is heavy. If it turns out too heavy, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
· Check in heavy luggage, it is better to pay for that than risk getting injured.
· As much as possible, do not carry a single heavy bag. Divide your baggage into two bags and carry two light pieces in each of your hands. That way, you create a good balance that will save your body from pains and injuries.
· Ask for help when putting your luggage in the overboard compartment. If no help is available, lift the bag onto the seat first before you lift it all up towards the compartment.
· If you are opting to bring a backpack, make sure the shoulder straps are properly padded and adjustable to allow for equally balanced weight. A backpack with multiple compartments is the best choice. Pack your heavier items at the bottom and place them towards the center to evenly distribute the weight. Carry your backpack as it is intended to, with both shoulders straps in use. Carrying it over one shoulder will not distribute the weight evenly and can strain your back, neck or shoulder muscles.
· For duffle bags or big shoulder bags, shift the weight from one side to the other from time to time to eliminate the risk of muscle strains.
Try to follow these tips and you can surely have an enjoyable holiday travel. Remember that it doesn’t matter how old you are, celebrating the holidays is for everyone.