Senior citizens and older travelers need to exercise some caution when flying, driving long distances or going on a cruise. Rapid changes in the temperature and climate, hours of walking and standing, and the stress of traveling itself can take their toll on an older person's health and well-being. However, there are several ways to make your travel experience more comfortable and safe.
Plan ahead and check the climate where you’re traveling to in order to pack the correct clothing. Wear comfortable and loose clothing along with sensible shoes to avoid any falls.
Pack all medications together and carry it on your person, ensuring that you have ample supply for your travel duration.
Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated. Many older travelers suffer from dehydration which can cause fatigue and interfere with blood sugar levels. Make sure you are well-hydrated throughout the trip, and avoid caffeinated beverages or alcohol because these can deplete the body of water and essential minerals. Have ample snacks during traveling time as well.
Make sure you have your personal identifications, i.e.' license, passport, insurance cards, emergency contact info, and medical conditions documented in case of emergency. Have your cell phone charged and your charger with you. Give your intinerary to the people your are planning to visit with.
Leave plenty of time so you’re not rushing.
The CDC puts out some great tips on “Saftey and Healthy Travel for Seniors”, check it out.