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12 Long-Distance Travel Tips for Seniors

11 Dec 12 Long-Distance Travel Tips for Seniors

Whether you are visiting grandkids across the country or taking a dream vacation to the other side of the world, there are some special considerations older travelers should take. If you are 65 or over, try these tips the next time you find yourself on a long-distance trip to help things go more smoothly. 

1. Time Your Trip

Early morning flights tend to have fewer delays than afternoon ones, and any delays are usually shorter in duration, so it makes sense to fly in the morning if you can get to the airport in time. Asking about days of the week that are generally quieter can also help you avoid long lines and waits. 

2. Get Up and Stretch

When you are on a plane or train, make it a point to get up and stretch. This improves circulation and can help you avoid stiffness and aches. If you have concerns about reduced circulation, it might pay to look into a pair of compression stockings for long flights

3. Pack Medications

You’ll want to have all of your medications on your person while you travel. This goes for prescriptions, over the counter treatments, and heal n sooth supplements, so you don’t skip a dose while away. Find the room in your carry-on bag to stash pain patches and anti-inflammatories to help you avoid discomfort on long flights. 

4. Stay Hydrated

Water is important, and that doesn’t change because you are traveling. Many seniors will skimp on water to avoid extra rest stops or swollen feet. This can lead to dehydration, lethargy, and confusion. Try to keep water intake to normal levels, and increase it if you are especially active on your trip. 

5. Check Insurance Provisions

Any time you are going away, you’ll want to make sure your insurance carrier will cover any unexpected emergencies at your destination. This can be crucial for older adults with chronic or preexisting health conditions. Get any confirmation in writing if at all possible, so there is no confusion later on. 

6. Know Your Limits

Be realistic in how far you can push yourself. Know and respect your limits, and be upfront with any traveling companions about what you are comfortable with. 

7. Stay Comfortable

Pack for comfort over fashion for the best travel experience. Think athletic shoes, flexible clothing, and layers. A small backpack can help you carry personal belongings, necessities like medicines and sunscreen, and any mementos you pick up along the way. 

8. Leave Time for Breaks

This can make a trip go from unbearable to unbelievably great. Schedule stops on long road trips. Even add an extra day or two to take the scenic route. You’ll arrive at your destination more relaxed and ready, and you just might see some neat things along the way. 

9. Limit Time at Security

Using travel programs like TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry can help you avoid long lines and potentially hours of waiting at security and customs checks. This can be especially important if you suffer from chronic pain or have trouble standing for long periods. 

10. Rethink the Rental Counter

Do some research when you are renting a car. Skip big trucks and SUVs or tiny compacts that can be difficult to get in and out of, and opt instead for a larger sedan or crossover for a more comfortable experience. 

11. Fly Nonstop

A layover can add serious time to air travel, not to mention increase the chances that your luggage ends up somewhere you aren’t. If you are flying to your destination, look for nonstop flights to cut down on time and hassle. It may cost a bit more upfront, but you’ll likely have a smoother trip. 

12. Enjoy the Trip

Even if you have some difficulties along the way, try to enjoy the trip and all of the great experiences you had. Focus on the positive and you’ll be amazed at how much more smoothly travel will go.

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