Holiday travel can be intense to say the least. If you’re embarking on a trip for the holidays, we believe the joy awaiting you at your destination should be what you remember, not the details of getting there. With a little forethought, traveling with your electric wheelchair or motorized scooter will be a breeze.
Talk It Out
Before embarking on air travel, contact your airline to clearly explain your mobility challenges and the assistance you will need. Peoples’ definitions of disability, or even their understanding of what a mobility scooter is, varies drastically. Being as detailed and clear as possible will prevent misunderstandings.
Know Your Batteries
When speaking to your airline, make sure to discuss your motorized wheelchair’s battery type and dimensions. Contrary to popular belief, many scooters, electric wheelchairs and power chairs can be checked. However there may be limited space on the plane, so the earlier you contact your airline, the better.
Build In Bathroom Breaks
One thing air travel is not know for is the spaciousness of the bathrooms. If your flight time is extended, consider booking a flight with a layover to allow use of accessible airport restrooms.
Accessible hotel rooms are much more available than they once were. Make sure your hotel can guarantee your room and its dimensions. (This is when knowing the dimensions of your mobility chair is very useful.) Some hotels treat accessible room requests similar to requesting a view of the pool, you may or may not get it. However nice the hotel, it won’t matter if your motorized scooter cannot fit in the room.
Assuming Will Get Your Nowhere
From travel agents that specialize in catering to clients with limited mobility, to accessible cruises, and a growing number of accessible venues, don’t assume that you and your electric wheelchair cannot be accommodated. The opposite is likely.
Lastly, make sure your scooter is ready for the adventures that await! Stop by Advanced Driving Systems, Inc for a scooter check up before embarking on your travels.