- Start by Organizing – Once you decide you are going on a dream vacation, make a list of all the things that you need to take.
- Get Your Documents in Order – It is important that you have a passport, visa and copies. Immunizations and proof are also needed for international travel. Also, include copies of tour vouchers, airline tickets, itineraries, credit cards and contact numbers in the states of people, agencies or anything else you may need. Put all of these items in a plastic ziplock bag in your carry on. If you are disabled or a senior using any medical equipment, get a statement on your Dr’s letterhead.
- Carry Identification – Protect yourself when you are away on a vacation. Make sure that you have all of your identification papers with you. Carry them on your body in a security pouch worn around the waist, not the neck where the string is visible. Make sure that you also have the name address and phone number of the place in which you are staying, in case you somehow become disoriented.
- Airplane Tips – Carry your important medications in your carry on, don’t put them in luggage – it can get lost. We also recommend ear plugs and compression socks, a nasal spray and eye drops to keep these areas moist. These often come in handy on a long flight. Do ask for and drink bottled water and limit alcohol and coffee as they may dehydrate you.
- Take Your Mobility Device Onboard – Make sure that you take your manual wheelchair on the plane and ask to stow it in the closet. Do not let them load it as baggage. Chances are that it could end up getting lost or damaged. Be polite about it, yet firm and appreciative.
- Handling Stop Overs or Delays – Protect your personal property while traveling. Be sure when making stopovers or transfers to another plane that they bring your mobility device to the jetway/gate. Make sure before you leave to look it over and write down any damage, date, time and the name of a supervisor, airline and phone number. This will ensure your ability to get future compensation, if needed
- Check out the Hotel – Once you have reached the hotel and you are given a room, ask to check it out first. This way you will know whether or not the room is acceptable and meets your needs.
- Hire a Cab – Once at the hotel hire a cab or local transit for the day. Not only will you save some money, you will save on the wait time. This will permit you to enjoy more sights and stay longer at the ones you visit.
The most important thing for seniors or disabled people to realize is the fact that it may seem that traveling to an exotic place or anywhere for a vacation for that matter is impossible… IT’S NOT, so focus on prepping yourself for travel and go ahead and make some memories.