Tips for traveling with a disability: A person with a disability should consider many things when traveling besides booking tickets and packing a suitcase. Disability comes in many forms and manifests itself in different ways, so it is difficult to cover all aspects of a particular condition when planning a trip, especially when there are invisible limitations. In this article, we will try to give some general advice on this issue.
Six tips for traveling with a disability
Always check the protocols for what you can and cannot take with you onboard the aircraft
Sometimes even a simple cane will be banned because it will be considered a “potential weapon”. Many airlines require walking sticks to be foldable so they can be stored under seats or in overhead bins. Often the same rules apply to larger equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters, so a folding chair might be worth buying for travel.
When folding and packing larger equipment, be sure to mark your equipment as fragile and pack straps and detachable parts so they don’t get lost in transit. You also need to consider the equipment you may need in your accommodation. For example, handrails for walls and doors.
You may be required to show documents for your mobile equipment
Often an airline needs a lot of information about your equipment, such as make and model. Although the execution of such documents can be time-consuming and tedious, do not leave it to the last minute.
Plan how you will repair mobile equipment if it breaks.
Equipment types and manufacturers vary from country to country, so it’s always best to bring the exact tools you need with you. Sometimes, even a piece of duct tape can help you get through the nightmares of equipment failure, so put that on your list.
When planning your stay – information, information, and more information!
Finding accommodation can seem incredibly daunting, especially when traveling to new places. Often your idea of a resort’s affordability will be very different from reality. It is better to rent individual holiday homes, especially bungalows or apartments with lots of flat surfaces. Therefore, be sure to examine any statements about “accessibility”.
Plan your drug supply wisely or you risk being trapped by local laws or shortages
If you are away for an extended period of time, you may need an extra supply of medicines. Always check if you are allowed to import medicines you are taking. In some countries, you will be required to have a doctor’s prescription confirming that they have been prescribed to you.
When you arrive, ask where you can get help
It is often difficult to accept help because people with disabilities are used to doing things alone. But if you are offered it, do not refuse. Whether it’s airline support or airport staff, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of help and support you’ll receive just by accepting it.
There is often a call center specifically dedicated to arranging transportation and answering any inquiries from travelers with disabilities, and they are always happy to answer any questions they might have.
Assistance is provided not only at the airport, but also when sightseeing. Appealing will help you avoid lines, get the best seats, and be directed to convenient entrances and exits. All this will make the journey much easier and more enjoyable.