Ways to Make Traveling with a Disability Easier

If you travel with a ill health, handicap, physical limitation, mobility limitation, or developmental disability, have special requirements, or use an electric wheelchair or handicap scooter, it’s a wise decision to learn as much as may be imaginable to make disabled travel easier. 

The following travel guidelines and resources for the disabled might help make your trips, tours, holidays and vacations much easier.

  1. Plan your vacation well ahead of time! get to know if you will need to order extra supplements, medications or renew prescriptions, fix eyeglasses or change prescriptions, get yourself a physical, have dental work done, have your wheelchair fixed or tuned up, etc.?
  2. Besides taking your travel agent’s phone number along, you’ll want to go with the phone numbers for the travel agencies that specialize in disabled travel at the destination, when you cannot get back to your personal agent.
  3. When you are traveling to another city, check out the local health and medical associations prior to going. For instance, find the telephone numbers for your local MS chapter in case you have MS. These organizations could be great resources.
  4. If you intend to lease a handicap scooter, wheelchair, electric wheelchair, handicap van, full van, mini-van, RV or any other vehicle in another city, don’t hold off until you reach there. Make all the necessary arrangements prior to leaving on your own trip.

Be sure to ask any specifics questions like, are there tie-downs, ramps, or hoists, etc. Check into what van, RV, car or vehicle insurance you will want before you go.

  1. Don’t leave whatever to chance. If you possibly could, double-check all of the arrangements your travel agent makes. Call the airlines, hotels, scooter, wheelchair, car, RV or van rental companies, medical equipment rental companies, etc., and verify the specifics.