Summer travel tips for seniors

Senior Travel Tips

It’s summer and you’re ready for a V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, as the song goes. Whether you’re taking a short trip to a nearby beach, or jet-setting to a distant land, you’ll want to be prepared. If you’re a senior, or if you’re traveling with a senior, there are special considerations you’ll want to take. Below are some travel tips that will help your vacation go more smoothly.

Planning Tips:

  • Research your destination online or through books–language, climate, culture, money
  • Use a travel agent who specializes in travel for seniors
  • If you require a wheelchair or other assistive device, make arrangements in advance. Try to take the most direct routes and allow plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Check with your doctor to be sure you’re healthy enough to travel

Packing Tips:

  • Always bring your medications with you in your carry-on, if flying; place medication in days-of-the-week pill boxes to ensure you take your medication each day
  • Use wheeled luggage for ease of use
  • Take an emergency kit containing bandages, aspirin, acetaminophen, antacids, travel sewing kit, flashlight, etc.
  • Take comfortable clothing
  • If flying or sitting for long periods, wear compression stockings to improve circulation in the legs

Flying Tips:

  • During your flight, take periodic exercise breaks–stand up, walk the aisle, stretch or shake your arms and legs
  • Drink lots of fluids, as the air in planes is dehydrating
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol while flying, both of which cause dehydration

Other Tips:

  • Always carry your emergency contact information, your doctor’s information, your travel agent’s information, and the airline’s contact number
  • Before leaving, check the weather to verify your flight schedule or to reschedule/reroute your driving plans
  • Always wash your hands frequently to avoid any germs
  • If traveling with your parents, be sensitive to their physical and medical limitations