Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tips for Physically Challenged Traveler

Traveling is for everybody, for children, adults, pregnant mothers, elders and even for physically challenged people. Everyone can enjoy the benefits and joy of traveling although several precautions were to be considered especially for people with disabilities. Follow these simple tips to fully enjoy travel with minimal hassles and maximum benefits.

1. Plan


Planning ahead is the key to a successful journey. Although planning is a must do thing for everybody, this is more crucial to physically challenged people. Be sure to contact your airline and ask for special parking, assistance on getting in and out of the plane, extra space for some of your medical devices such as crutches or a walker and other concerns such as priority lanes for the handicapped. You may even ask for a seat close to the comfort room. Also, be sure to arrive at the airport early. This is to ensure that you can get on board considering that there may be delays or problems.


2. Check the condition of your medical devices


If you are traveling with your wheel chair, have it serviced one or two weeks before you leave. If you will be flying with a battery operated medical device, be sure to have it fully charged and don’t forget to bring spare batteries. You should also ask your hotel or resort in advance for the electric current they are using. Be certain that it would be compatible to your rechargeable equipment. If your wheel chair or gadget has a “wet-cell battery” it will have to be removed from the wheelchair and transported in a special battery box.


3. Research your destination




There are travel destinations that have minimal accessibility, so it is important to check travel guidebooks, online, or call ahead to see what the limitations are for accessibility. Know the locations and gather information on local, medical, and transportation services.

4. Insurance
Some travel packages include insurance; don’t be afraid to ask your travel provider. It is always a good choice to be secured. More important than this, consult your physician with regards to the limitations of your condition in traveling.

5. Pack carefully

If you are still taking medications or supplements, be sure to pack it along with other health items in a separate bag. Place it where you can easily access in times of need. Bring enough medication for the whole trip. Carrying a first-aid kit also helps. If not, ask your hotel for its availability. Keep you physician’s contact number in case of emergency.


6. Travel with a friend or Family


Traveling into different places is stimulating; getting into new places with a company of a loved one is undeniably pure bliss. Have someone whom you can share that unforgettable moment, someone who also understand your condition. A family or friend who is knowledgeable on details like the time for your medication and foods or activities that are prohibited by your doctor.


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