Travel Tips for Seniors

Packing Tips

If you’re new to travel or prone to forgetfulness, these packing tips will help you arrive on your educational adventure prepared. A few quick tips to get you started:

  • Look up the weather to know what to bring
  • Make a packing list
  • Research your airline weight limit and baggage fee policy. If you can, weigh your luggage at home.

Checked Luggage

  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save room
  • Layers are key! Pack dual-purpose garments that you can mix & match.
  • Bring one nicer outfit; you never know where the trip will take you!
  • Be conservative with how many shoes you’ll pack. They’re heavy and you’ll likely only wear a couple of pairs.
  • Research the clothing customs before you go. Are you going to places of worship where you can’t show your shoulders? Pack a scarf! It takes up very little room and is versatile. Use as a scarf, a blanket on the plane, or to cover your head if you plan on visiting religious sites. 
  • Inside your checked luggage, include a phone number for your first hotel or your group travel organization in case your luggage gets lost. (Pack it on top!)
  • Purchase a luggage lock in case your room does not have a safe
  • Leave the expensive jewelry at home
  • Consider any specialty items you may need: a walking stick, hiking books, seasickness medication, special camera lenses, binoculars, etc.
  • Leave a little room in your suitcase to bring back souvenirs
  • If you’re going somewhere where mosquitoes or bugs may be common, bring dryer sheets to repel them away. Attach them to your bed or put them in your belt loops.
  • Pad your breakables

Carry-on Luggage

  • Pack all necessary items and an extra set of clothes in your carry on in case your checked luggage gets lost
  • Keep your carry-on liquids somewhere easily accessible so you can pull them out as you go through airport security
  • If you’re an avid reader, consider buying an e-reader, and upload a few new books
  • Pack hand sanitizer in your carry-on bag (and use it)
  • Pack an (empty) water bottle in your carry-on to fill at the airport once you go through security
  • If traveling internationally, pack the necessary outlet adapters
  • Make sure you have your passport or a visa if necessary
  • Bring snacks! (But leave the liquids behind)
  • Bring your health insurance card and multiple credit cards – you never know which type they will accept.
  • For long flights, consider purchasing a neck pillow, noise-cancelling headphones, ear plugs and/or a sleeping mask
  • Bring an extra pair of glasses or dentures

Packing Tips

If you’re new to travel or prone to forgetfulness, these packing tips will help you arrive on your educational adventure prepared. A few quick tips to get you started:

  • Look up the weather to know what to bring
  • Make a packing list
  • Research your airline weight limit and baggage fee policy. If you can, weigh your luggage at home.

Checked Luggage

  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save room
  • Layers are key! Pack dual-purpose garments that you can mix & match.
  • Bring one nicer outfit; you never know where the trip will take you!
  • Be conservative with how many shoes you’ll pack. They’re heavy and you’ll likely only wear a couple of pairs.
  • Research the clothing customs before you go. Are you going to places of worship where you can’t show your shoulders? Pack a scarf! It takes up very little room and is versatile. Use as a scarf, a blanket on the plane, or to cover your head if you plan on visiting religious sites. 
  • Inside your checked luggage, include a phone number for your first hotel or your group travel organization in case your luggage gets lost. (Pack it on top!)
  • Purchase a luggage lock in case your room does not have a safe
  • Leave the expensive jewelry at home
  • Consider any specialty items you may need: a walking stick, hiking books, seasickness medication, special camera lenses, binoculars, etc.
  • Leave a little room in your suitcase to bring back souvenirs
  • If you’re going somewhere where mosquitoes or bugs may be common, bring dryer sheets to repel them away. Attach them to your bed or put them in your belt loops.
  • Pad your breakables

Carry-on Luggage

  • Pack all necessary items and an extra set of clothes in your carry on in case your checked luggage gets lost
  • Keep your carry-on liquids somewhere easily accessible so you can pull them out as you go through airport security
  • If you’re an avid reader, consider buying an e-reader, and upload a few new books
  • Pack hand sanitizer in your carry-on bag (and use it)
  • Pack an (empty) water bottle in your carry-on to fill at the airport once you go through security
  • If traveling internationally, pack the necessary outlet adapters
  • Make sure you have your passport or a visa if necessary
  • Bring snacks! (But leave the liquids behind)
  • Bring your health insurance card and multiple credit cards – you never know which type they will accept.
  • For long flights, consider purchasing a neck pillow, noise-cancelling headphones, ear plugs and/or a sleeping mask
  • Bring an extra pair of glasses or dentures