NECESSITIES FOR SENIOR AIR TRAVELJul 3rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog
Seniors Create Travel Lists
Many seniors are planning travel in the next two to three months to escape summer heat. Some of that travel includes flights, and some seniors need reminders of what to take with them on the flight.
Here is the list of ‘necessities’ for that plane ride you have planned:
- Medications: Be sure you have all your medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter, with you on the plane. On a recent trip, we put our prescribed-pill containers and over-the-counter meds (such as laxatives, anti-diarrheal, allergy, anti-inflammatory and dry-eye drops) in a bag that was easily accessible on the flight.
- Blanket/throw/sweater/jacket: Take that particular item along that will keep you warm when the air gets chilly on the plane. For some it’s a lap blanket, for others a favorite bulky sweater. Decide what it is and make sure you have it with you when you head to the airport.
- If you have a Kindle or iPad or tablet, be sure to take it with you. Nothing replaces a boring flight like playing games on your tablet or reading the current favorite book on your Kindle or iPad. If you don’t have an entertainment toy, consider getting one. They are great time-passers for seniors.
- Take along a bag of your favorite comfort food. That might be items like baby carrots, sliced fruit or vegetables, cookies, fiber bars, meal replacement bars and nuts/mints/hard candy. Identify what you like to snack on, and take along a bag that will last you through the entire flight, even those long ones.
- Be sure you have cash and/or a credit card with you on the flight to purchase items that are not free. This is both food and drink. Some flights, such as Southwest, offer free drink coupons; so if you are fortunate enough to have those freebies, be sure to have them in your wallet/purse.
You may have additional needs that you include in your travel list. Be sure to review your daily routine to ensure you have all the items with you that you require for comfort, health and safety.