Your senior loved one may consider the travels you share together as one of the best experiences you could give them. But we all know navigating airports sometimes becomes stressful and even more daunting for seniors. Planning, so you know what to expect may make all the difference in having a pleasant travel experience! At Senior Helpers West Los Angeles, we know how incredibly rewarding you and your senior loved one will find the travel experience. That's why we've compiled a few tips for easy airport troubleshooting during layovers to help make traveling with senior loved ones a breeze. We provide guidance on researching airports and amenities, packing efficiently, and staying hydrated and comfortable during your travels. Read on for our top tips for navigating airports with your senior loved one.
Tip #1: Research Airport Regulations And Amenities Ahead Of Time
- Check for wheelchair accessibility or mobile cart availability
- Look for airport lounges
- Check for any special discounts
One of the most critical and often overlooked steps of traveling with a senior loved one involves researching the airport ahead of time. Find out ahead of time if the airport offers wheelchair accessibility or if there are mobile carts available for easier navigation. Look into airport lounges to see if there are discounts for seniors. And remember to check for any special deals available for seniors. Planning will save time and hassle at the airport and make your senior loved one's travel experience easier and more enjoyable.
Tip #2: Pack Light And Strategically
- Bring only the necessary items
- Pack items in an easily accessible bag
- Wear comfortable clothing
Pack light and strategically when traveling with a senior loved one. Bring only necessary items, such as medication, travel documents, and snacks. Pack these items in an easily accessible bag to make finding things quick. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to move easily through the airport.
Tip #3: Arrive Early
- Allow plenty of time for security
- Have a plan for getting to the gate
- Have a plan for getting to the restroom
When traveling with a senior loved one, arrive two hours before a domestic flight and three hours for an international flight. Allowing ample time for security and getting to the gate will leave time for restroom breaks and relaxing before boarding the plane. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance if needed.
Tip #4: Bring Entertainment
- Bring books, magazines, or puzzles
- Take a laptop or tablet
- Bring headphones
If your flight requires a layover, you'll want to ensure you keep your senior family member entertained. Bring books, magazines, or puzzles to pass the time or a laptop or tablet if needed. Remember to bring headphones, allowing your senior loved one to enjoy their entertainment in peace.
Tip #5: Stay Hydrated
- Bring a water bottle
- Look for water fountains
- Ask for assistance if needed
Staying hydrated is essential for senior travelers. Bring a water bottle so your senior loved one can stay hydrated throughout their journey. If you cannot bring a water bottle, look for water fountains throughout the airport. And remember to ask for assistance if needed.
We Want To Help
Traveling with a senior loved one sometimes becomes a difficult and stressful experience. Still, with the proper preparation, you and your senior loved one will enjoy a wonderful time. At Senior Helpers West Los Angeles, we're proud to provide in-home senior care services to the residents of West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Century City, Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Hollywood Hills. Contact us today to learn more!