How to make travelling with a wheelchair easier

Travelling when you have a disability or limited mobility can be a challenge. Unfortunately, not everywhere has easy accessibility for those using a wheelchair or other mobility equipment. However, there is some fantastic new equipment on the market that makes travelling much easier!

Is this the ultimate travel power chair?

The new Pride iGo Folding Power Wheelchair features advanced folding technology, enabling it to be quickly and easily transported. Designed to fit in a small space, the iGo is the perfect choice for the keen traveller! You can find out more, watch a video and download a brochure here. Like to test drive the new Pride iGo? Drop into our showroom or give us a call!

Tips for travelling with a wheelchair

Contact your airline

If you’re travelling overseas, make sure you contact your airline for their specific guidelines for travelling with a disability. Every airline has their own regulations, policy and procedure about this – so it pays to plan ahead! The more your airline knows about your specific needs, the better they will be able to assist you with your journey. They’ll need to know things like the type of chair you use, its dimensions and weight, and what assistance you may require on the flight.

You may have to check your chair as luggage

Most airlines require you to check your chair as luggage – especially power chairs and scooters, in order to prevent any damage occurring during transit. Remove any parts that could come loose from your chair and also disconnect any wiring – although it may be perfectly safe, ground crews have been known to remove essential parts prior to loading, due to their own concerns.

Book an aisle seat near the toilet

This may seem obvious, but many people don’t think to ask! It makes getting to and using the toilet much easier to navigate, especially on long haul flights.

Research your accommodation

Unfortunately, not everywhere in the world is wheelchair accessible. So make sure you do your research before booking your accommodation. Call or email your hotels to find out if they can accommodate your needs. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination, and not being able to access it!

Book a disability-friendly tour

When booking tours, check on their website to see which ones are disability-friendly. Viator is a good website to visit, as they let you know which tours are accessible to you.

But most of all…

Have fun! Travel is an exciting experience, so make sure you enjoy yourself and soak it all up!

Talk to the experts at Power Mobility

Power Mobility has an extensive range of quality mobility equipment including Quantum, Pride, Magic Mobility and Ottobock power chairs, manual wheelchairsscooters, lift chairs, plus much more. Drop into our huge showroom or call our friendly team on 07 3265 4663 to find the best solution for your mobility needs.