Older Adult Adventures: Travel Tips for Seniors
By: Camila Cal, SeniorLivingGuide.com
With the summer season comes a perfect time for travel. Warmer weather just calls for much-needed vacation time! Traveling, however fun, can also be difficult. There’s so much to remember: Did I pack a toothbrush? What’s allowed in my suitcase again? How early do I really have to get to the airport?
This is especially relevant for seniors and retired older adults, who may have more time on their hands for traveling but who also may have more to worry about, such as managing medications or accommodating a disability. But that doesn’t mean that easy-breezy traveling isn’t possible. These travel tips will help you before you embark on your next adventure!
- Choose travel routes carefully. Every senior is different, so choose a travel time when the senior is the most alert and energetic. If you’re stuck between several flights, it’s worth the extra bucks to select a shorter flight or avoid a connection. Keep your time at the airport and in flight short and sweet, if possible!
- Use those discounts! One benefit to aging is how many senior discounts are available to make travel even more accessible. Consider joining organizations focused on senior resources such as American Senior Association or AARP. Many airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, etc., offer substantial discounts for seniors. Always ask if senior discounts are available wherever you go; not all places may advertise their discounts. Check out AARP’s article to see a comprehensive list of all the ways you can save during your next vacation!
- Pack light and pack smart. It’s a good idea to try on what outfits will be worn every day of the trip before leaving. Make sure to check your trip itinerary to ensure you have clothes for activities, such as the beach. However, pack clothes that can be worn several times. The lighter your suitcase is, the easier it will be on your mobility and stress! Make a list of all the medications you may need to bring with you, and keep them inside an easily accessible suitcase, preferably in their original containers so that they are clearly labeled.
- Get there early. As cliché as it sounds, it is important to arrive at the airport in advance. The rule of thumb is to be there at least two hours before a domestic flight, and at least three hours before an international one, especially if you are disabled or have difficulties with mobility and need to request a wheelchair or other accommodations. If possible, save yourself a long wait in line by checking in to your flight online!
- Always consult with your doctor before traveling. Going on a big trip takes a lot of physical and mental energy, so it is important to know your health is in good condition before departure. Make sure your physician gives you the OK and that you are stocked with every medication or vaccination you may require. Pre-planning is key, so it’s wise to note where the nearest hospital or medical facility is wherever you are traveling.
Using these senior travel tips, you’ll be ready to take off in no time!Tags: Elderly Travel, Senior Vacation