Those who are growing older with age or experiencing a physical disability may think that they are limited in ways that they are able to travel. For the lover of adventure, this could bring about  disappointment or sadness in the state of mind. Planning to air-travel can be problematic when considering your needs on-flight, but that should not stop you from exploring!

This article will provide some tips on planning a trip that is safe for you, and some ideas to help you feel rested during your flight.

Planning your trip

  1. Describe the plan of your trip to your doctor before your departure. This way, your doctor is able to give you advice and prescribe any necessary medication that you may need, especially if you are about to embark on a longer flight. Also remember to research medication guidelines as they vary between each country.
  2. Remember to call ahead if you are unsure of the suitability of your needs. This way, the airline company is able to make the arrangements that are necessary for you to have a safe and comfortable journey.
  3. Make a list of any important contacts that you or your carer can contact in case of an emergency. This could include relevant family members, doctors and physicians, your healthcare provider, insurance company and local embassy.
  4. Bring a statement from your doctor that highlights your medical condition, possible complications, medications and other relevant information that could help you in case of a medical emergency.
  5. Make any arrangements for your needs when you book your flight ticket so that there are no complications at the airport when you check-in.

Suggested items to carry on-flight

  • Traveling Wheelchair

A traveling lightweight wheelchair is a handy and portable way to ensure that you are able to travel around safely. It can be moved around easily, handled by one person and fits perfectly into a car or cabin!  

  • Face Mask

Beauty lovers, this one’s for you! Combat those lines and wrinkles by bringing a nourishing face mask that you are able to enjoy on your flight so you can come out feeling like a queen.

  • Comfortable neck pillow

This is probably one of the most important things that you would want to take on a long-distance flight. Purchasing a high-quality neck pillow that allows maximum comfort will make your flight fly-by in the blink of an eye.

  • Noise cancelling headphones

If you are sensitive to sounds in your external environment, remember to pack some headphones so that you are able to fall asleep or relax in peace. This is a really useful way to lower your stress levels and ensure mental calmness.

  • Snacks 

If you suffer from a condition that limits you from eating a normal diet, remember to pack some snacks that will help you stay full throughout your flight. Choosing snacks that are high in vitamins can also be beneficial in keeping your energy levels up, as the altitude can greatly affect this.

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