My Disability and Me: My top 10 tips for travelling with a wheelchair

  • 1)If any part of your chair detaches and your airline allows try to get as much of it on the plane with you. For example, I took my backrest and footplates with me as they are custom made and they can’t get damaged.
  • 2) Service your chair before you go. This is so you don’t meet any unwelcome hitches on your holiday,
  • 3) Get your wheelchair insured so that if it is damaged you can claim back from the airline and won’t incur any charges or be without a chair on your holiday.
  • 4) Make use of any assistance the airline offers you. Their there to help you.
  • 5) Tell security if you DO have any sore points on your body. I learnt this the hard way once and was in pain for a flight.
  • 6) Keep your pain meds in your hand luggage so you can take them if need be on the plane.
  • 7) Take extra cushions for your seat if you need extra support. 8) Wear your flight socks. They’ll help your circulation flow.
  • 9) Try to flex your hands and feet to stop stiffness or if you are able to walk to the toilet and back.
  • 10) Drink plenty and try and sleep. If you’re planning to use a power chair, bring the charger and travel adaptor.
  • Enjoy your flight.
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