How do you catch a ride? How do you get ready to fly in an airplane? How do you prepare to go on a tour of a new city you are visiting? For most people, these answers can be pretty simple, but for a person with disabilities, these are questions that are answered with a lot of consideration and planning. Well, here are some tips that can help you or your travel companion with disabilities have a smooth trip.
Six Things You Need To Know About Traveling With Disabilities
- Make a Plan—It’s really important for you to know what you’re going to do when you get where you’re going. That doesn’t mean you need to have every second of your trip planned out, but knowing most of what you’re going to do while away will help you immensely.
- Get Some Wheels—Uber and Lyft are great, but their services for people with disabilities stink. Renting accessible transportation is the most surefire way to make sure you have the mobility you need in the place you’re visiting.
- Get Charged Up—You don’t want your electric wheel chair to die in the middle of an airport or bus station. Be sure to charge it, your mobile phone, your laptop, and anything else you can think of before you leave… And don’t forget to pack your chargers!
- Tend to Your Animals—Before you take your service animal on a flight or on a bus, be sure that they have had all their vaccinations and be prepared to prove it. Also be ready to comfort and calm your service animal, because traveling can be stressful for them, too.
- Oxygen on a Plane—Oxygen and jet fuel go boom, so most airlines won’t allow you to take a tank of it onboard. Be prepared and arrange to have a portable oxygen concentrator on your flight. Since they make oxygen from the atmosphere around you, there’s no danger of accidental explosions.
- Call and Notify—Don’t just show up to the airport, bus terminal, or hotel and expect them to be able to take care of your needs on the spot. Call ahead, make sure these places are prepared to handle a wheelchair or a service animal. Take nothing for granted, and you won’t be inconvenienced by people who don’t know what they are doing.
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