Flying is already tough enough for the average traveler. For seniors, it’s going to be even more so. As the U.S. surpassed the 50 million mark for seniors, with about 51,022,244 people aged 65 and older in the country, SeniorCare says, that’s going to mean more and more seniors are going to travel abroad whether for leisure or medical treatment.
If you’re in that group, here are some travel tips before you go ahead and book that flight:
Check all your travel documents
Make sure you’ve got everything you need, from your passports to your visa, your personal identification and any medical cards you may need. Check the basics. Is your passport still valid? Do you have enough blank pages? Is it still valid for six months?
Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family. Make sure you have a way to stay in communication with your loved ones—if you get injured or get into an accident, their contact information needs to be with you.
Seek out assistance
If you already have an existing medical condition, it might be prudent to hire the services of medical assistance companies to make travel simpler and more convenient for you. With a medical professional to help you, you’ll find it easier to get through those long travel hours.
Keep up with your meds
It can be tough to keep track of everything that needs to be done when you’re traveling. If you’ve got meds you need to take regularly, hiring a nurse from one of the many reputable medical assistance companies out there is one way to make sure you don’t miss a dose when you’re traveling. You stay on track with your meds and still travel to wherever you wish. It’s a win-win solution for you. It also helps give your loved ones back home much-needed peace of mind.