If you travel with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, mobility limitation, or developmental disability, have special needs, or use an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can to make disabled travel easier. These tips may also help if you’re a mature traveler or senior who is a slow walker or just wants a slower pace to enjoy what’s around them. Becoming more informed about disabled travel services and disability travel resources will help lessen the anxiety that often accompanies travel with a disability.
The following travel tips, resources and information for the disabled will help make trips, tours, holidays and vacations a lot easier for you, or for a child with a disability, whether short-term or long-term.
- Plan your trip well in advance.
- If possible, always book your travel through an agency that specializes in helping people with disabilities.
- When traveling to another city, check out the local health and medical associations before you go.
- If you plan to rent a handicap scooter, wheelchair, electric wheelchair, handicap van, full van, mini-van, RV or other vehicle in another city, don’t wait until you get there. Make all the arrangements before you leave on your trip.
- Don’t leave anything to chance, double check all the arrangements your travel agent has made.
- If you need oxygen or any other special medical equipment, call airlines and suppliers well in advance of your trip, as well as your insurance provider.
- Arrive early at the airport to reduce anxiety. This also makes it easier for you to be preboarded if it is necessary.
- Be sure to have all your medications and anything else you may require in case you have a medical situation.
- In the case of flying, be sure to let the flight attendant know if there is anything you may require assistance. In the past I have even had to get a flight attendant watch my service dog while I use the restroom.
- If you are traveling alone but may require a travel companion, you can contact local chapters of medical associations to see what they suggest. There may also be organizations that will provide a traveling nurse.
- Read all you can about traveling with a disability. This can be helpful if you can find the experiences of others who have gone on similar vacations.
These travel tips should help you, or anyone with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, or who uses a wheelchair, have an easier, more pleasant, anxiety-free, trouble-free trip, tour, holiday or vacation. Remember as well, our medical ID jewelry is available to be engraved in other languages, or in multiple languages like the picture above, so that you can stay safe wherever your travels take you! Contact us for details.