Traveling with a visible or invisible disability doesn’t have to be difficult. A few simple tips can go a long way.
Ask your Airline for help
Asking your airline for assistance, either at the time of booking or a few days before your trip, will make your time at the airport much easier. Many airlines will designate an employee to meet you curbside when you arrive or at check-in with a wheelchair (if you need one) and guide you through security. You can also request assistance when you land at your destination. There is no charge for this service, but policies vary by airline and may depend on available staff and your disability, so be sure to clarify with your carrier before you fly.
Bring extra medication
Many experts advise that you travel with two complete packages of essential medication in case of emergency. Store all medications and other necessary medical supplies in your carry-on bag.
Ask about Hotel Accessibility
Many hotel reservations staff do not understand that a roll-in shower is not the same as a walk-in shower. Also be sure to ask if a shower chair is available! Many hotels do not provide shower chairs, and figuring out how to find one once you arrive is a headache you won’t want to deal with.
Use specialized Company
Nowadays, everywhere around the world are accessible for independent and group travelers with physical limitations. A knowledgeable agent can craft an itinerary that works for everyone, advise on whether or not a hotel is fully accessible, and arrange private transportation in a less accessible destination. To Flying Wheels Travel, other companies that run trips for those in wheelchairs include Accessible Journeys. The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality is another resource for finding agents and companies.
Arrange Accessible Accomodations
Accommodation must choose who offering convenient and friendly accommodations for persons with disabilities, persons with reduced mobility and disabled people. They offer easy access for wheelchairs, wheelchair accessible rooms and bathrooms. In case of doubt happy to verify if accommodation is really suitable for you.
Plan your Travel Trip
Planning is a necessity when it comes to organizing handicap or wheelchair accessible travel. In addition to planning where you’ll be going and what you’ll be doing while you’re there, you’ll also need to plan your transportation and accommodations to ensure your needs are met and your trip runs smoothly.
Request a medical statement from your Doctor
This is basically a letter from your doctor on their official letterhead that highlights your needs and medical necessities. Having a letter on hand can be useful to help explain to others what you need and why. This can be useful at a hotel or airline to quickly explain your situation and what accommodations you need. It can also be useful for contacting your doctor if you have a question or need something while on your trip.
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