If you live with a disability, travel may well be something you need to put a lot of careful consideration into; especially if you are planning a trip outside of the UK. With this in mind, we have put this handy guide together for you, packed with tips for making your travels a whole lot easier.
If you have a disability which could require medical attention in the unfortunate event that something goes awry, ensure you are prepared and have all the details on you possible. By making sure you have the name of your doctor and the appropriate number on you, you can guarantee that should the worst happen; you can get the attention you need in the quickest time possible. In addition to this, the document can contain details of your disability medication you are taking and also your emergency contact or next of kin.
It’s Good to Talk
This may be tricky if you are travelling abroad, but do not be afraid to pick up the phone and warn public transport bodies that you will be using their service. These companies are legally bound to assist you and can then ensure they are on hand to make your journey as easy and hassle free as possible. It is recommended that you get in touch between 24 and 48 hours before your trip and let them know any vital details regarding your disability or condition.
Learn the Lingo
If you are lucky enough to be heading to an exotic location where English isn’t the mother tongue, then it makes a lot of sense to learn how to describe your condition at the very least. The last thing you want is to be suffering or struggling and being unable to describe your disability. If you aren’t the best at foreign languages, you could write out some slips or highlight some words in a guidebook or dictionary. This preparation may only take you half an hour and could be a saviour come holiday time.
Tell your GP
If you are going away, why not book in some time with your doctor to describe where you are going and how long for. They will then be able to assess the situation and give you the best advice for travelling, medication and getting about. There is no one better placed to give you some much needed tips and they will also then be well aware of your trip. Some holidays or excursion may unfortunately just not be viable, so check with your GP first. This may be somewhat of a drag, but much better than ending up in a compromising position.
These are just some tips from Bathing Solutions for travelling with a disability, but there will be many more things to consider. Do some research on your location and speak to medical experts prior to your trip and you will have the time of your life; but they key is most certainly preparation.