Travel Essentials for a Wheelchair User

Traveling with a disability can be intimidating and nerve wracking. What if you forget something important? After lots of travel, trial and error, I have found several travel essentials I don’t leave home without. When traveling with a disability, there are an added number of things you have to worry about; pressure sores, UTI’s, wheelchair malfunctions, etc. This list should help you be prepared for your next adventure.

  1. Roho travel cushion.  If you are a wheelie or someone that needs to worry about pressure sores, this is the perfect travel cushion.  You can use it on the plane and take the cover off and use in the shower.  I have traveled with mine for years and it is still holding up great.
  2. Hand sani wipes Being at a high risk of getting a UTI, I am constantly washing my hands.  Getting a UTI while traveling is the last thing you want to happen.  I have traveled places that often don’t have a place for you to wash your hands, so I always carry these with me to clean my hands before using the bathroom.  They also work great when on the plane.wet ones singles antibacterial wipes
  3. Tubes for your tires.  Always carry a spare tube, just in case you get a flat.  Not all countries have the same size tubes on hand. I’ve never had to use one, but you would be in trouble if you didn’t have a spare and got a flat. After all, your wheelchair is your legs! wheelchair tire tube
  4. Allen wrench.  It is a good idea to carry a few sizes that fit all bolts on your chair.  You never know when something could wiggle loose. Be cautious when carrying on the plane. I have had mine confiscated by security in Bali, but made it through many other countries. So if you check a bag, I’d throw them in there. allen wrench in all sizes
  5. Medications.  Always carry spare medications in your carry-on, in case your checked luggage gets lost. I also recommend carrying an extra dose of antibiotics for a UTI, just in case I am in a country where I cannot easily get to a doctor.  Leaving a UTI untreated can cause serious problems and that is the last thing you want to worry about on vacation.pills with a pill bottle
  6. Water purifier. You only need this if you are traveling to countries where it isn’t safe to drink the water. This is small and easily packable. This was a life-saver when we were in Malaysia and Indonesia. Worth every penny.uv water purifer
  7. Electrolyte tablets/water bottle. I first learned about these from our nutritionist with the US Paralympic team. Since we traveled lots, and wheelchair users tend to always be dehydrated, we were encouraged to put these in our water. They keep you hydrated without having to use the restroom lots. These are like gold for someone who can’t easily go to the restroom on long flights! nuun electrolyte tablets
  8. Headphones. If you are like me, and always listen to music while traveling, you won’t want to leave home without a pair. I personally think Bose headphones sound the best, but the Beats wireless are smaller than the Bose. However, wireless only last about 8 hours, so make sure you bring the charger! bose headphones
  9. Hoodie. Planes always get cold, so I always have a hoodie with me, even when I am going somewhere warm. Plus it is more cozy and comfy. This Patagonia hoodie is my go to, but whatever your favorite brand is, works! womens patagonia pull over hoodie
  10. Sunglasses. I never leave home without these, no matter where I go. Living in Colorado the sun is extra bright, especially in the winter. It is always a good idea to protect your eyes from UV rays. I am kind of a sunglasses junkie, some people collect shoes, I collect sunglasses. My favorite brand is Smith. womens smith brand sunglasses tortoise

 

 

4 thoughts on “Travel Essentials for a Wheelchair User

  1. Very useful post. I’ve not heard about the electrolyte tablets before but they sound really useful. I’m always worried about staying hydrated but I don’t want to be peeing all the time! So I’m going to try those out. Thanks for the tip 🙂

    1. Thank you! I highly recommend the tablets. I worry about going to the bathroom all the time too. Especially because it is so dirty in there and the last thing I want is a UTI on a vacation. Hope this helps 🙂

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