The holiday season is here and more people than ever will be traveling to see family or spend their remaining vacation days in paradise around the globe. For wheelchair users, traveling isn’t as easy and efficient, but you shouldn’t let this keep you from getting out of town and enjoying yourself in a different city this season. Here are some helpful tips for traveling safely and comfortably in your wheelchair:
Know Your Travel Necessities
Are you flying to a tropical destination, or will you be heading someplace cold? What kinds of activities will you be participating in while on your trip? There’s much to consider when planning any sort of vacation, especially when you have mobility concerns. Pack lightly if possible, as you don’t want to be dragging heavy luggage around, but don’t forget necessary items like medical equipment, canes, walkers, braces, and anything else that will be vital to your comfort and safety while on your trip.
Research Your Destination’s Accessibility
Before choosing a hotel or agreeing to stay with a friend or family member, ensure that you’ll be able to easily access your residence. Be sure to look for the following accommodations:
- Wheelchair ramps
- Automatic doors
- Step-free access
- Handicap parking
- Mid-height light switches and outlets
- Roll-in shower
- Wider-entry bathrooms and doorways
- Grab bars in bathrooms
Check Airline Policies
You want to steer clear of surprises at the airport, like finding out your power wheelchair is too heavy for air travel. This could ruin travel plans and leave you feeling regret about not planning ahead. Make sure to research airline policies and find the air travel provider that can best suit your needs. Some airlines let you choose your seat beforehand, and others are first-come, first-serve, so if you need an aisle seat in order to travel comfortably, you’ll want to choose the former.
Seek Advice from Others in the Disability Community
Talk with friends or find an online group or community to discuss traveling tips and plans with those who have mastered the art themselves. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of those who have been in your shoes, as they’re the best kinds of people to get this sort of advice from and can warn you of what to avoid when traveling.
Providing The Mobility Equipment You Deserve
At Freedom Mobility, we are dedicated to providing those with mobility issues with the best aid necessary to make navigating the world a simpler task. Come visit our showroom or give us a call today to learn more about our expansive inventory of mobility equipment and feel more optimistic about traveling this holiday season!