Helpful Tips for Senior Travelers

Helpful Tips for Senior Travelers

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Traveling after a certain age can be extremely rewarding. Learning about new cultures is one of the most interesting and beneficial things to do in life. When you’re getting older, you may find yourself with the time and means to start seeing all the world has to offer. For your next trip, whether it’s across state lines or overseas, check out these helpful tips for senior travelers since travel needs change throughout different life stages.

Request senior accommodations

Many airports, airlines, hotels, and tour companies will offer extra accommodations for seniors. If you call ahead of time, you may be eligible to request some of these services that can make your trip go smoother. For example, airports often offer services to skip to the front of security lines or to wheel you through to your gate, so you don’t have to worry about lengthy walks, carrying luggage, waiting in long lines, or even finding your correct gate.

Prepare medicine doses ahead of time

One major thing seniors should do before traveling is to prepare their medications ahead of time. Before setting out on your journey, pack up your pills or other medications for the length of time you plan to be gone. To be safe, pack a day or two of extra medication, just in case something happens such as dropping or losing a pill, or the return flight is postponed.

Pro Tip: Always pack your medications in a carry-on or personal item. Never check medications, as checked baggage can become lost during travel.

Be ready for the travel days

Often when planning a trip, people become caught up in how much fun their new adventure is going to be that they forget about how taxing travel days can be. Prepare and set yourself up for the most comfortable travel days possible. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing to the airport and be mindful of when you book flights. The 3 AM departure time may be a bit more economical, but it may be worth the extra money to book a 10 AM departure instead so you’re well-rested and don’t throw off your sleep schedule. The swelling of feet and legs is also a very common issue travelers face. As such, wearing a pair of compression socks while traveling can keep you comfortable and even lower the risk of blood clots while flying.