With the advent of cheaper air travel, many more seniors are traveling internationally these days. Statistics from the US Department of Homeland Security tell us that seniors age 60+ account for almost 40% of all inbound arrivals in the United States from foreign country. With the demand of seniors flying internationally, it is highly advisable to purchase travel insurance to protect against the unknown risks of traveling abroad. That being said- our team has compiled a list of the top travel tips for seniors to ensure a safe and healthy trip.
1. Travel with a Companion
As the saying goes- there is strength in numbers. We recommend traveling seniors arrange for a travel companion who can speak English and will be able to assist in immigration here in the Untied States. You can also arrange for the airline to assist your traveling elderly relative.
3. Print all Documents (and carry extra copies)
We ask seniors to print all of their travel documents, carry multiple copies, and keep these copies in different places on your person and in your baggage. Whether this be your flight itinerary, your visa documents, hotel bookings, or insurance ID cards, we highly recommend making multiple copies.
5. Make sure to move around
It is important to stretch your legs on long flights. More often, international flights are averaging 12-16 hours per leg. Many older individuals may suffer from deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to health complications and even death! In order to avoid this from happening, we urge seniors to get up & about the cabin during the flight.
2. Keep Medicines on Carry-On
We suggest seniors keep their medicines close by and in carry-on baggage. We also ask seniors to keep track of there medicine timings, as changes in time-zone can affect the body and require attention. In case of baggage being lost, you want to make sure you medicines are close by and ensure your health is taken care of.
4. Ask for Help
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Airport staff and flight crew are trained to handle any situation & will provide the necessary assistance if you need it. If you need help lifting baggage in to the overhead compartment, or even need extra water, don't be afraid to ask the crew.
6. Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated
We suggest for elderly visitors to keep their diet in mind. Packing & eating healthy snacks is the best way to ensure you are refreshed when you land in the United States. Because most airlines are not aware of dietary restrictions faced by travelers, packing snacks is the best way to ensure you don't go hungry. Moreover, as airplanes are very dry environments, we highly recommend elderly travelers