Helen Keller said it best: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you know that there’s nothing quite like the thrill that comes with exploring a new place. You also know that the taste for adventure doesn’t diminish as we enter our golden years. Whether you’re 3 or 93, travel can be enjoyed by anyone. However, seniors may have to take special considerations while globetrotting. With these flying tips for seniors, you’ll be soaring to new places in comfort and style.
Flying Tips for Seniors
Travel with Family and Friends
Planning a getaway can be exciting, but it can also be stressful – especially if you have medical or mobility issues. For that reason, make sure to travel with family members or friends who can assist you during your journey if necessary.
Avoid Regional Airlines
When booking your flight, try to avoid smaller regional jets. These domestic aircrafts are usually smaller and occasionally require passengers to climb a flight of stairs when boarding and disembarking the plane. Smaller planes can also be tricky for individuals with disabilities, who may need more space to get settled in.
Book Nonstop Flights When Possible
Everyone enjoys the convenience of a nonstop flight, but nonstop flights can be especially helpful for seniors. Not only will a nonstop flight minimize your chances of a missed connection, but it will also reduce your total travel time and allow you to arrive at your destination without boarding multiple flights. You should also choose travel times carefully. If you don’t have the energy for early-morning departures or red-eye flights, try booking a mid-morning or early afternoon departure.
Explore Disability Options
When booking your flight, make sure to take any necessary disability considerations into account. Passengers with mobility issues can often request assistance to and from the gate, which can be especially helpful if you have a connecting flight. You might also request assistance to and from your aircraft seat; however, know that you may have to remain onboard until your fellow passengers have deplaned, which can be tedious. Either way, make sure to check with the airline staff to discuss your options.
Take Advantage of Security Assistance
Many airports provide shorter, simpler Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check-in lines for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Passengers in wheelchairs and their companions can receive priority service from TSA staff. Adults over 75 also typically do not have to take off light jackets or shoes during the security process.
Carry Your Medications with You
This is one of the most important flying tips for seniors: When traveling with important medications, never place them in your checked baggage. Keep your medications within reach in your carry-on bag, which can be a small piece of luggage or a large handbag. That way, you don’t have to worry about your health if your checked baggage is lost or delayed. If you’re traveling with medications, you might also include a small card with medication dosage information in case of a health emergency during your trip.
With these flying tips for seniors, the world is at your fingertips. But after your travels, you’ll want to return to a place that feels like home. A place like Hearthside Senior Living. We invite you to tour our communities, learn about our numerous amenities and activities, meet some of our residents, and ask any questions you might have. For more information, please call 901-854-6590 or contact us online. We look forward to meeting you!