Amazing Must Know Tips When Traveling with Your Wheelchair
Being user of a wheelchair for mobility should not take away your love of traveling. You will be required to plan ahead, that may seem a workload but then the fun and adventures awaiting you are worth the effort. So get ready with your wheelchair stress-free.
Avoid last-minute rush
Be an early bird; book your flights ahead of time to avoid last-minute rushes. Also on the actual day of traveling arrive at the airport early. You do not want to race around the airport knocking people and objects in your wheelchair. Most airports require traveler to be at the airport an hour of departure, keep this in mind. Keep time, it will help you start your journey on a calm note.
Have your Wheelchair Checked Up
Schedule a check-up with your wheelchair technician before you travel. Ensure your wheelchair is in perfect shape for the trip. If you use a battery run wheelchair check the condition of the batteries and replace them if necessary.
Know your Batteries if Powered-Wheelchair
Besides checking your batteries, know the type of batteries in your wheelchair. As the technician works on your chair ask him about your batteries. Airlines have different safety policies on how batteries are to be handled or stored based on wheelchair dry, wet or lithium. Some airlines may require that you remove the batteries and pack them safely, one more reason why you need to arrive at the airport earlier.
Research for Wheelchair Repair Shops at your Destination
Your wheelchair is just like any other machine and may malfunction without warning. You may have had it easily fixed while at home, but how do you go about a broken wheelchair in a foreign land? Plan for any eventualities by having a list of technicians who help you should anything go wrong. You are going for a holiday; do not end up searching for wheelchair repair shops in your hotel room when you should be having fun on the beach.
Have Knowledge of How Your Wheelchair Assembles and Disassembles
Does your wheelchair’s cushion, wheels or any other part come off? If your wheelchair will be carried in the cargo hold and not in the aircraft cabin then knowing the removable parts is very vital. You are advised to carry the removable parts with you to the cabin if the only option is to have your chair carried in the cargo hold. These small parts will easily be found and fixed when it is time to mount your wheelchair.
Communication is Key
Finally, speak up. From the initial stages of planning your trip let your travel agent know your condition. Plan with the travel agent further ensures that you know if the airline will provide a wheelchair, or if you will bring your own to the plane. Should you have any trouble at the airport contact the airline or airport complains resolution official to help you out.
With these tips traveling with your wheelchair will no doubt be much easier. Be flexible; have back up plans in case of any unexpected events they should not ruin your holiday. With all the planing and research you are now set to go enjoy your trip exquisite good. wonderful adventures and perfect sights await you!