Long-Haul Flight Tips for Seniors

Long haul flight tips

Many of us are keen to travel in later life. Once we’re retired, we have more time on our hands, and often more disposable income, which can make travel, especially traveling to faraway locations, more of a possibility than it might have been during our working lives.

While there are many advantages to traveling in our senior years, we should all take a little more care, and think about our health and well-being along the way.

If you are planning a big trip, you may have some worries about being on a plane for a long time. Here are some long-haul flight tips for seniors to keep you safe and comfortable.

Plan in Advance

If you are flying long haul, you’ll need to start planning as soon as possible. Take your time to speak to the airline, to make sure they can offer you the right support, from help getting on and off the plane, to what you’ll eat and drink.

You can find out more about United Airlines assistance elderly passengers policies, but you may also want to consider hiring a non-emergency flight nurse to give you extra support if you have any health issues.

Get The Right Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for anyone taking a trip. But as a senior, not all providers will offer you a policy, and you might need insurance that covers specific conditions and healthcare needs or mobility aids. Take your time to get this right.

Pack Medication

You can usually take prescription medication in your onboard luggage, but you may need to take a copy of your prescription and even a note from your doctor. There may also be limits on what and how much you are allowed in your cabin bag, and you may have to store the rest in the hold.

Give yourself time to speak to the airline and your doctor and make sure you have everything you need with you for the duration of your flight.

Pack Spare Glasses

If you wear glasses, it’s worth packing some spares. Most of us are guilty of losing or breaking glasses occasionally, and you don’t want to be without while you fly or for the duration of your trip. If possible, have a spare pair in your cabin bag and your hold luggage.

Prioritize Comfort

It’s important to stay comfortable for the duration of your flight. Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and loose-fitting clothes.

Stay Hydrated

Take a bottle of water on the plane with you and accept drinks whenever they are offered to help you to stay hydrated. This will reduce swelling, help you to stay alert, and keep your body working at its best.

Get Up and Move

DVT becomes more common as we get older. The risks also grow on longer flights. It’s worth setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to get up and move every hour to boost your circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Plan a Rest Day

Travel can be exhausting, so make sure day one of your trip is dedicated to rest and recovery. This will help you to enjoy the rest of your trip.

Long-haul flights can be perfectly safe at any time of life. But as a senior, you should take precautions and speak to your doctor first.

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