Whether due to cost or favoring driving over flying, many people with disabilities choose to take vs. flying, Planning ahead is the best way to make a road trip comfortable for those of us who are disabled.Consider a way to bring along equipment, be sure seating is comfortable, think about how to prevent boredom and know how to find accessible hotel rooms.
Take Along Mobility and Other Health Equipment
Be sure to make room for your equiptment so that all seating is accomodating. Using a vehicle lift for wheelchairs and scooters leaves room and makes it easy to transport your mobility device. Other equipment can be stored in the trunk or inside the vehicle if needed while the car is on the road. Bring along chargers that work with your vehicle.
Safe and Comfortable Seating
Try out a shorter half a day road trip before your longer road trip to test your stamina and learn what will make you feel comfortable. Pillows, pressure relief cushions, a light blanket, neck pillows, etc. all may help relieve pain or discomfort. Of course, everyone should use seatbelts for safety. Stopping every few hours to get out and stretch and moving your limbs (if able) in the car every 15 – 30 minutes is helpful.
There are so many ways to keep boredom from creeping in during a road trip. If you are prone to car sickness when you read, try books on tape. Make a play list of songs that you enjoy. Play video games, games on your smart phone, or tablet. Watch movies on portable dvd players or play the old standard car games like car bingo.
Accessible Hotel Rooms
It’s often difficult to know where you will be and when during a road trip, so making a hotel reservation may not work out. If you do need to stay overnight at a hotel, you can use apps to locate lodging and call ahead to check if an accessible room is available. Before you unload your car and pay for the room, check the room to see if it ADA accessible.
Road trips can be comfortable for people with disabilities if you plan ahead. They can create life long memories and enable you to visit more places than if you traveled by plane.
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.