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Traveling with a Person who has Disabilities

Sasha Dwyer - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

If you like to travel, but worry about leaving a loved one at home who has a disability, consider taking them with you!  Think of the experience that you and your loved one will be able enjoy and remember!  Here are some tips to traveling with a person who has disabilities:

One thing is to research how easy the city can be to navigate, and how accommodating the city is to wheelchair accessibility.  If you do an internet search of the city's name, and "navigating with special needs," you will be able to find out if this city is an option for you! It will tell you about the sidewalk conditions, and the quality of public transportation, and options for taxi services. If the city has bad public transportation, look into driving services that may be available. 

Look for hotels that will help accommodate your needs, and are close to the sights that you would like to see. Think about things that make your loved one feel comfortable, such as air conditioning.  This will make your trip go more smoothly if the comforts and familiarity that they are used to are also offered at the hotel that you are staying at.  

Consider flying to make your trip shorter.  The airports provide wheelchairs, and offer assistance on and off the plane, and to your next gate, all free of charge.  They also allow you more boarding time so that your loved one can get settled in to their seat without feeling rushed. This will help you avoid long car rides, and you will be able to enjoy your stay at your destination for a longer period of time! 

When getting off of the plane, look into having a car to wait for you.  They will help with your luggage, and you will avoid all of the hassle of trying to hail a taxi.  This will make the trip less stressful, and more relaxing. Take lots of breaks while you are site seeing. Traveling is exhausting, and you don't want to wear your loved one out early on in the trip.  Make time for naps and relaxation!

Make sure to keep any medication on you!  You don't want them to be in your luggage if it gets lost, or delayed.  Carry them in the original bottles, and write down the generic names, just in case you need to find a quick replacement.  If you are traveling outside of the country, write down the interpretation for the reasoning to the medication, such as "high blood pressure." Also look up how to say the things they are allergic to.  

Make sure that you always carry your loved one's doctor's phone number.  A couple of good things to keep on hand at all times are water (to keep hydrated), energy bars and almonds (For a quick boost), Advil, Neosporin, and anti-diarrhea medication.  


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