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It’s summertime and right now is the perfect time to go on a vacation! Fortunately, there has been a lot of progress over the recent years to make traveling more accessible for people with disabilities. Since not every foreign country has the same regulations for providing disability accommodations, the key to traveling with disabilities is to plan ahead and be as informed as possible before embarking on your next trip. We have outlined some general tips on traveling with disabilities to you help you prepare.
Make sure to look up information on travel agents that can give you more information in traveling with disabilities. These travel agents might recommend travel companions to assist you. Contact service providers ahead of time to let them know that you will need disability accommodations. Give as much information about your disability so they can properly accommodate you during your reservations. There are resources from websites like Mobility International USA that you can use to search for disability organizations all over the world.
Planning Your Itinerary
Book airline flights and hotels in advance are not only cheaper but also important if you need accessible accommodations. Research the hotel’s neighborhood, the travel routes and public transportation you will go on, and the tourist destinations that you might visit and see if you can find information about their accessibility. Back-up plans are a good idea in case you run into unexpected circumstances.
Medical Consultation and Preparation
Talk with your doctor before traveling overseas to discuss the your medical condition and proper health care you would need. Your doctor can provide you with the necessary medication prescription and alternatives, which is crucial because there might be medical limitations and unavailability overseas. Make sure that you to have your doctor’s number and a doctor’s note on hand. Consider bringing extra medication in their labeled containers.
Service Animals and Equipment Assistance
Research the overseas policies in regards to service animals and disability devices such as StandUp Walker, wheelchairs, portable machines and oxygen equipment, as there might be some restrictions on these. Consult with your vet about traveling with your service animal and inquire about vaccinations and documentation. Inform service providers about bringing service animals and medical equipment in advance.
Doing all the research and planning in a timely manner will make you a lot more knowledgeable and prepared before you travel. This will put your mind at ease so you can have a more enjoyable and stress-free experience!