Nowadays, Senior citizens travel more than ever before. In today’s world, most senior citizens travel to many international destinations. Seniors should always take extra safety precautions when doing so accordingly. Potential disasters or misfortunes can be avoided by following a few travel planning tips.
Accidents can occur at any place or time, and injuries may take time to recover from, which could be very costly. You have to be fully aware of the circumstances and preparing for occurrences which are unforeseen is highly recommended for senior citizens trips.
These tips for senior travel will prepare them for easy and safe voyage for traveling to international destinations.
- Select an Aisle Seat on Long Flights:
You don’t have to negotiate with your seatmates when you need to use the restroom, to stretch, or ask the flight attendant a question if a flight is long. On an aisle seat, the freedom to move about is less restricted. Choose seats that are across the aisle from each other if you are traveling with another person, so you can be nearby and still have mobility.
- Keep Medicines Handy:
Senior travelers should always have a kit which should be contained with several days’ worth of medications. It’s hard, if not impossible, for the airline to retrieve your bag If you check your bag and then the flight is delayed even if the reason is something as critical as checking your medication. In case of a potential delay to your destination, keep plenty with you so that you can make it through the flight.
- Share and Print Your Travel Documents:
You should always print or have your travel documents handy. Send it to those you are visiting so they’ll know in advance when your plane is arriving and can make an arrangement if it is delayed and make a backup copy of your itinerary. Always leave a copy with family or a friend back home. Maintain a copy of your passport ID page, travel insurance, emergency contacts, your visas, and medical information with you. You can call your travel insurance company for help if your flight is canceled, your prescriptions are lost, or your passport is stolen.
- Navigate the Airport with Ease:
Make sure that you aren’t rushed as you find your way to the right terminal and gate, instead get to the airport in time to spare. If you need help, then arrange for a wheelchair or assistance ahead of time while trying to avoid walking very long distances.
- Drink Lots of Water Instead of Alcohol:
Flying at high altitudes is an extremely dehydrating experience. Most people think as long as they are sitting quietly they don’t need to drink water. But this is how many seniors get into severe trouble. After you pass through security, have a water bottle with you and fill it at one of the airport cafes. Try to keep sipping the water in your flight. It has the added benefit of moving, even if it’s just to the lavatory.