With Christmas just a week away many will be traveling to be close to family, loved ones, and friends. An international study conducted found that those age 50+ are the largest group of travelers out there. In and out of airports and stuck in an airplane for several hours can leave us susceptible to germs and infection-below are some safety travel tips to ensure you are safe and protected this holiday.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can occur from lack of movement and sitting for long amounts of time. The thighs, legs and pelvis can develop blood clots which can become life threatening. You can avoid drinking alcohol on flights to prevent this and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Wear compression socks if necessary to help circulation in your legs. Also, if you can get up stretch about every hour and/or do easy calf and leg exercises while seated. If you take medications throughout the day be sure those are within reach while flying-not in your checked luggage stored away. Be sure the medicine is in it’s original bottles and easy to identify. Have extras on you too in case of delays or your luggage gets lost, if liquid form, 3.4 ounces is allowed in a carry on.
Hearing can also cause problems while traveling, if you wear hearing aids do not remove them during security checks be sure to leave them in. Also, you can keep the hearing aid turned “on” during flight as it is not considered a personal electronic device. It’s important to alert that staff that you are hearing impaired should an emergency happen. Traveling doesn’t have to come to an end as we age, but taking these precautions will help ensure we have a safe, pleasurable experience.