Travel gadgets abound, especially during the holiday season. Learn about these gadgets that are geared toward persons with disabilities to make travel more comfortable, safer and easier. Add them to your gift or to do list especially before your next trip.
Portable Nebulizers – There’s no need to pack and carry along a regular size nebulizer any more when you travel. Small and lightweight, these nebulizers come with various features including battery powered (some with option to plug into car and use electricity), handheld, disposable masks, silent to low volume, may include a carrying case.
Beach Wheelchairs – Why miss out on the sand and surf when you can rent a beach wheelchair? Large wheels make movement on all types of terrain that would normally be off limits to a regular wheelchair possible. Use on gravel, snow, grass, sand and in low levels of water. Some are powered and include seat belts, headrests and can tilt and recline. If you are a frequent traveler or reside near an area that this type of wheelchair would be used often, it may be worthwhile to purchase one. They are expensive though, ranging from about $550 – $2700. Before traveling, check to see if rentals are available.
Lightweight Wheelchairs – You can find folding wheelchairs and chairs that weigh only 19 pounds to bring along on your next trip. Some have padding, removable cushions, straps for carrying, and fold down backs. This type of wheelchair is often used by someone who can transfer. The low weight and compactness, if foldable, makes it easy to place in the trunk of a car and in an airplane storage area.
Pill Reminders – When traveling, it is easy to forget about your concerns since you are relaxed. That may lead to forgetting about things we don’t like to do, such as taking pills on time. Pill reminders can be as simple as a pill box with compartments for the day or time or both. Setting your cell phone alarm works well too. If you’re concerned that the alarm won’t be set, consider a pill time dispenser. Fill it up with medications and vitamins, set the alarm one time and up to 37 reminders will keep you organized.
Travel Pillows – From neck pillows to inflatable lumbar cushions, travel pillows can help make a person with a disability feel more comfortable and reduce pressure on specific areas of the body, especially when unable to move around in tight spaces such as an airplane. Then bring them along to the hotel to help get a better night’s sleep.
Insulated Travel Bags – Some medications must be refrigerated at all times. Insulated bags that maintain the correct temperature can hold insulin, for example. Choose from a small sized bag for a few doses to larger bags for one week or more.
Travel Document Organizer – Keep your tickets, passports and reservations in one place with a document holder. Add your medical information, your prescription list, doctor’s phone numbers, travel insurance and health insurance and who to contact in case of an emergency. This will provide piece of mind.
What are some other travel gadgets that can be used by people with disabilities?
Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.