Safety 101 for the Savvy Senior Traveler
You can do some simple things to increase your safety when you travel. To be safe:
- Travel with a buddy.
- Monitor the news and weather.
- Use technology, such as a mobile phone or tablet, which can store “in case of emergency” (ICE) information.
- Keep batteries on your electronic devices and cell phone charged. Most large airports offer charging stations. Read about the airports and the services that they offer.
- Arrive at the airport early so you don’t have to hurry. If you are traveling with a trip companion, arrange to meet about 30 minutes before the airline recommended arrival time before going through security.
- Wear comfortable slip-on shoes.
- Avoid falls by using prescribed medical devices, such as a cane or walker. Some airports require a lot of walking from the check-in area to the gate. If endurance is a problem, ask for courtesy wheelchair service.
- Check in your own luggage.
- Do not accept things from strangers or agree to carry a bag on for someone else.
- Follow directions from airline and licensed transportation personnel.
- Review all flight safety information.
- Keep all valuables out of sight and on your person.
- Put your carry-on on the floor between your legs, so you have control of it.
- Pack efficiently so you don’t have to carry too much and save your back.
- Stay hydrated to keep your mind sharp.
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