Should I stay or should I go? That’s a common question that plagues senior citizens at the height of travel season.  With so many unknowns that come along with traveling these days, planning a trip can be daunting. Whether you plan on flying across the country, cruising to an exotic locale or taking a short road trip, here are some great traveling tips for aging adults.

Ask For Help: We suggest working with a travel agent who knows the ins and outs of the area you are heading to in addition to having access to the best deals. Friends and family are a great source of vacation destination advice as well as travel review sites such as TripAdvisor.com. Lastly, don’t forget to ask about senior citizen discounts wherever you book.

Prepare in Advance: Need special room requests? Make sure you call ahead so they make notes of whatever you will need when you check in (first floor, no stairs, etc.). Also, call the airlines ahead of time to reserve a wheelchair (if needed).

Skip the Line:  Hate lines? Get ahead of the game by getting on the TSA pre-check list. For a small fee and interview process you can get on the list and skip the long lines at the gate for a period of 5 years!

Medication Management: Never pack your meds in your checked bag. Keep them safely tucked away in your carry-on to avoid losing them. Bring extra doses in case travel plans change or you get delayed. Also, a simple alarm can help remind you to take your medication while you are out enjoying yourself!

Think About Your Circulation: If you have poor circulation, always check with your doctor and get their approval before airplane travel. Wear lose clothes to keep comfortable and allow blood to circulate. And remember to wiggle your feet and legs often.

Queen City Elder Care wishes you happy travels

Mark & Michele Vollmer, Co-Owners, Managing Partners
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