The U.S. Department of State provides a great deal of information for older travelers. These helpful tips are for older travelers to assist with trip planning.
Your travel documents should always be valid. Check your passports for validity and expiration date. You should also check the visa requirements. The U.S. Department of State provides listings of Country Information with Travel Warnings or Travel Alerts for all countries.
You should also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program enables the Department of State, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate to contact you, your family, or your friends in an emergency according to your wishes.
Medical care will vary from country to country. You should know that medicare does not cover you overseas. Be sure to have valid travel insurance that will cover any needs while you are overseas. It is also recommended that you bring enough of your medications to cover you while you are overseas. For all travel, you should keep medications in their original, labeled containers and also know the generic name for your medication in the event you need to pick up more medication while abroad.