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Senior Living Lifestyle | November 3, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Air Travel Tips For Seniors

senior-couple-at-airportThis is the time of year when many families start to plan their travels. Even though air travel might be ideal to get where you need to go fast, it is difficult to manage when you are unfamiliar with the latest senior assistance options or have mobility issues. Prepare for your next air travel trip with our following tips.

Tip #1 – Consider Your Carry-On

While we might not want to think about it, airlines sometimes misplace their luggage. Because their immediate needs are far different than those needs of younger travelers, seniors need to seriously reconsider what they have in their carry-on luggage. Regardless of what airline you fly with, the items in your carry-on are always going to be available to you. This is why it might be a good idea to have your necessary medication in this bag. It is also a good idea to have your phone charger in your carry-on.

Tip #2 – Make Sure To Dress Comfortably

Plenty of waiting and sudden delays might make traveling rather unpredictable. The temperature between where you are going, the interior of the plane, and the airport might vary, meaning that you want to be able to adapt to the different circumstances. In order to avoid becoming stiff and uncomfortable, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing to be able to change positions frequently.

Tip #3 – Make Sure To Bring Your Prescriptions

When going on vacation over the holidays, it is important that seniors bring their daily prescriptions with them. Make sure that you do not take more liquid medications allowed by the TSA, and store your prescriptions in the appropriate containers. If you run into a verification issue, it might be a good idea to have your doctor’s number on hand.

Tip #4 – Do Not Be Afraid To Request Assistance

If there is something most airports have in common, it is the fact that it is often bustling with people and has multiple terminals. Especially during the holiday season, this is only going to get worse. If you do require assistance (such as a wheelchair or walker) it might be good to know that this is available to you. The moment you arrive at the airport you can ask for assistance getting to your gate. By using the airport version of a golf cart, staff members are going to drive you where you need to go.