How to Safely Travel with a Health Concern (Seniors)

January 11, 2024

As a retiree, you’ve probably had dreams of traveling. However, as you age, health concerns become an issue and leaving the home becomes more difficult. Recurring illnesses and chronic conditions such as diabetes can make traveling a challenge.

Take the following precautions to ward off problems, you can enjoy your trip.

  1. See your doctor. Get your physician’s clearance to go out of town or to another country. Your doctor may even be able to give you some tips on how to navigate your condition while you’re on the road.
  2. Get medication. Work with your doctor and pharmacist to ensure you have the medications you need to cover the duration of the vacation.
  3. Spread them out. Put your medications in your carry-on bag so they don’t get lost in transit.
  4. Use an alert bracelet. Wear your alert bracelet at all times and always have your medical alert card in your bag or wallet. This will help medical staff swiftly address your needs and provide the proper care.
  5. Buy insurance. If your Medicare or private health insurance policy doesn’t cover medical care in other states or countries, or it doesn’t provide the amount of coverage you’d like, consider getting travel insurance.  
  6. Investigate special accommodations. If you have mobility issues, call airports and hotels in advance to ensure that you can take advantage of special services that will make traveling easier. Some accommodations include escorts in the airport and accessibility features in hotel bathrooms.
  7. Watch your diet. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, be wary of eating certain foods that can cause flare ups or illness.
  8. Be careful of the water. Be aware of whether the water is safe to drink. Consume bottled or boiled water.

Travel abroad and around the country without worrying about your health. Follow these tips for safe travel and contact UROne Benefits™ for travel insurance.


This post was originally published in March 2017; updated January 2024.