While traveling is supposed to be a relaxing time, it can create stress and take a toll on your body. Ensure stress-free air travel on your next getaway with these tips for seniors:
1. Booking Your Trip
When booking your trip, make any requests you may need, such as expedited boarding, extra legroom, wheelchair assistance, or onboard oxygen. Your airline can typically accommodate air travel requests from seniors if you give advance notice.
2. Packing Your Bags
There are different size and weight restrictions for checked and carry-on luggage, so weigh your suitcase before getting to the airport. Leave valuables and extra items at home; try to travel as lightly as possible so you won’t be burdened by extra weight.
3. Protecting Your Documents
Make extra copies of any documentation you may need, such as your ticket, boarding pass, itinerary, passport, driver’s license, Medicare or insurance card, or prescriptions. Keep a “spare set” of documents in your luggage and make sure a friend or family member has a copy, too.
4. Checking In
Give yourself plenty of extra time to check in once you get to the airport. Oder passengers who need assistance should call ahead to let the airline know when you’re coming and the type of help you’ll need.
5. Getting Through Security
Alert security if you have anything that may require alternative screening. Wear comfortable shoes that you can easily slip on or off. And always keep your medications in your carry-on bag to avoid confiscation. Some airlines will grant family members an “escort pass,” allowing them to accompany older passengers through ticketing and security as well as see you off at the gate.
6. Waiting for the Plane
Once you get to your gate, verify that your plane is still scheduled to depart from there; if it has changed, ask for assistance immediately. Always keep your carry-on items with you in the waiting area and take them with you if you get up to walk around. If someone is meeting you at your destination, call them as you’re boarding to let them know your actual departure time.
7. Flying on the Plane
Dress in layers to prepare for unpredictable temperatures. If your flight is lengthy, move around occasionally to reduce the risk of blood clots.