Unlike in the case of young people, air travel can take a serious toll on seniors. However, there are times when travel is just not avoidable. In such cases, here are a few tips you can follow to ensure an easier flying experience.
1. Plan ahead: It’s important that you research the airport you will be flying out of and the flight you are taking. Contact the airline and inquire if they can provide you with any assistance, especially if you require a wheelchair or other forms of transportation to move around the airport.
2. Prepare for medical issues: Irrespective of your age, even the most minor health issue can complicate your travel experience. That’s why it’s important that you prepare for health problems, especially if you are a senior. Given this, it’s a good idea to visit your healthcare providers a few days before flying to have a general consultation done. Also, make sure to get your medications in order in case you need them while traveling.
3. Buy travel accessories: You can make travel easier for yourself by purchasing accessories like noise-canceling headphones, travel pillows, and compression stockings. These items help you rest, especially during long flights.
4. Organize your documents: Before you leave for the airport, make sure to check if you have your tickets, ID proof, and all other documents that you may need. If your paperwork is on your smartphone, ensure that you charge your device ahead of time. Ideally, you’ll want to buy a binder or organizer to store all your flight-related documents in one place.
5. Arrive ahead of time: The last thing you want to do is be in a rush at the airport. To keep this from happening to you, make sure that you arrive at least a few hours before your departure time. There is, of course, a chance that your flight may get delayed, but it’s better to arrive early rather than late when traveling by air.