If you travel with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, mobility limitation, or development disability, have special needs, or use an electric wheelchair or handicap scooter, it's a good idea to learn as much as you can make disabled travel easier.
Or if you're a mature traveler or senior who is a slow walker or just wants a slower pace, becoming more informed about disabled travel services and disability travel resources, will less anxiety than often companions handicapped travelers.
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.
first Plan your trip well in advance! Do you need to order extra supplements, medications or renew prescriptions, fix eyeglasses or change prescriptions, get a physical, have dental work done, have your wheelchair fixed or tuned up, etc.?
2nd If possible, always book your travel through an agency that specializes in helping people with disabilities. This is important because specialized travel agents and tour operators are experienced and can save you some awful heads.
They offer a lot of good tips and a wide range of services for the handicapped traveler. Among other things, they can arrange for: wheelchair accessible at the airport, wheelchair accessible hotel room, wheelchair rental, lift-equipped access van, full van, minivan, RV, handicap scooter, or any other handicap vehicle.
Travel agents for disabled people can help arrange access transportation, help plan the best available cruises, cruise lines and cruising tips, arrange travel insurance and take special care needs.
Agents can check with hotels for: interior and exterior door widths to accommodate your wheelchair, ADA-approved handicap bath tubs, grab bars, or roll-in showers. Just tell them your needs.
Travel Agents can help you find cheap airfare, cheap flights, cheap flights, cheap travel deals, cheap travel deals and cheap travel of all kinds.
3rd Besides taking along your travel agent's phone number, you'll also want to take with you the phone numbers for the travel agencies that specialize in disabled travel at your destination, in case you can not reach your own agent .
These travel agents may know how to solve problems that come up with regard to your hotel, car or van rentals, etc., even if you did not order your tickets through them.
4th When traveling to another city, check out the local health and medical associations before you go. For example, get the phone numbers for the local MS chapter if you have MS. These organizations can be great resources.
They usually know what museums, restaurants, theaters and other local facilities are wheelchair accessible and where you can get oxygen, emergency supplies or medical assistance. They may be able to help you with any problems that arise.
5. If you plan to rent a handicap scooter, wheelchair, electric wheelchair, handicap van, full van, mini-van, RV or other vehicle in another city, do not wait until you get there. Make all the arrangements before you leave on your trip.
Make sure you ask any specifics like, there are tie-downs, ramps, or hoists, etc. Check on what's up, RV, car or auto insurance you'll need before you go.
6th Do not leave anything to chance. If you can, double check all the arrangements your travel agent makes. Call the airlines, hotels, scooters, wheelchairs, car, RV or van rental companies, medical equipment rental companies, etc., and verify the specifics, especially if you are traveling in a wheelchair or have any other special needs like oxygen .
This is important if you have not used the agent before.
7th If you need oxygen or any other special medical equipment, call the airlines and suppliers well in advance of your trip. Do not wait until the last minute. Start calling them as soon as you know you're going to be traveling or taking a trip.
Then double check with your travel agent and the airline at least three to four days before your flight.
8th Arrive early at the airport. It's better to wait around than miss your plane. This will eliminate some of the pre-trip anxiety you may feel and make for more leisurely travel. This seems like common knowledge but many people still arrive at the gate just in the nick of time.
With all that's going on in the world today there are many reasons why you want to spend more time at the airport.
9th In your airplane carry-on bag, you can keep copies of prescriptions for your medications and eyeglasses, extra eyeglasses, sunglasses, all your medications and supplements, and a list of your doctor, dentist and other health professionals with their addresses and phone numbers.
Includes your doctor's fax number for prescriptions in case you lose your medications. Keep duplicate copies of these in your luggage and at home by the phone. Know where your medical records are kept.
10th When you travel, and for any other time too, if you take medications, learn their names and exactly what they're for you do not know. People come to the emergency room all the time and do not know what medications they are taking. You might be surprised to find out that most people say 'little yellow pill' or & quot; white capsule & # 39 ;, etc.
Emergency workers need to know what you're taking so they do not give you medication that would interact negatively with it, overdose you or somehow interfere with their treatment and your recovery.
11th If you're traveling by air, tell the flight attendees when you board, of any medical problems you may encounter on your flight. Note the location of the nearest restroom before getting sorted. Tell the flight attendant if you think you'll need help getting it during the flight.
You may need or want an aisle seat for easy access to the restrooms. Discuss seating with your travel agent.
12th If you need someone to travel with you, ask your travel agent for ideas or suggestions. Call the local chapters of medical associations and ask if they can recommend a travel assistant or travel companion to help or accompany you.
There are national companies that offer traveling nurses, traveling companions or travel assistants to accompany disabled travelers or people with serious medical issues.
13th Make sure to take with you: any medical cards, Medicare cards, discount cards, car or car rental discount cards, auto insurance policy numbers and agent's phone number, passport, American Express Travelers Checks, debit cards, credit cards, and driver licenses. Photocopy everything.
Keep photocopies in your luggage and at home by the phone or someplace where someone has access to it in case you need it.
14th Read everything you can about traveling with a disability. Read disabled travel books, access guides, accessible guidebooks, disabled travel articles and travel publications for the disabled traveler. Read the personal travel experiences of wheelchair users and others who have traveled with disabilities. Be informed.
These travel tips, information, resources, and services for the disabled should help you, or anyone with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, or who uses a wheelchair, have an easier, more pleasant, anxiety-free, free trip, tour, holiday or vacation.