- Medications -- Make sure you have at least as much as you will need for the length of the trip. If possible, organize medications into a daily dispenser.
- Important documents -- These include legal papers, health records, insurance cards, and contact information for doctors, friends, and family.
- Extra clothing for your loved one -- It's always good to have an extra set of clothes available in case there is an incidence of incontinence.
- Comforting items -- These can include a favorite lap blanket, snacks that are easily handled and are not messy, and bottled water.
- Travel itinerary -- The last thing you need is a glitch in your reservations or a missed flight.
- Activities -- Bring items that you can use to engage your loved one in stimulating activities, such as newspapers or magazines, a favorite set of photos, or a deck of cards to play with or sort into suits and colors.
Pack your toolkit into a shoulder bag small enough to keep with you as a carry-on item. With your toolkit, you can relax during your travels, knowing that you are prepared for the unexpected.
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Travel safety. Alzheimer's Association. 2007. http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_4539.asp