A road trip is a brilliant way to explore an area and it provides a completely different experience to any other type of travel. Road trips allow you to see the areas in between destinations but also explore at your own pace and privately – this makes them well-suited to those with a disability. As long as you have a tank full of petrol, snacks, creative games, good music and good company, you are sure to have an unforgettable trip.
If you are planning a road trip and you or somebody you are traveling with has a disability, here are a few tips for a fun, stress-free and valuable trip:
Like many areas in life, the key to success is preparation. Carefully plan out your route and include scheduled stops. You should book hotels and other places that you will be stopping at and call ahead to let them know that you will be arriving and one of your party has a disability. This should mean that the trip and every stop are entirely accessible and there will be no surprises.
Get a wheelchair-accessible vehicle if you need it
If somebody requires the use of a wheelchair, it is vital that you obtain a wheelchair-accessible vehicle from a company like Allied Mobility. These brilliantly adapted vehicles are large enough to comfortably transport multiple passengers and a wheelchair and have a ramp or lift for easy access. This will ensure that everyone can travel comfortably, which is vital for long drives.
Speak to the doctor beforehand
One of the smartest things to do is to speak to your doctor beforehand for any advice on traveling. They can help to ensure that the trip is safe, stress-free and fun for all. If required, it is also vital that you have enough medication and/or medical equipment.
Pack enough food & drinks
If you are spending long periods in the car, it is vital that everyone stays hydrated and well-fed. With this in mind, be sure to pack plenty of food and water for everyone. Even if you plan on stopping off regularly, it is important to have enough in the vehicle.
Although you will want to carefully plan your route and stops, it is also important that you have some flexibility. You may need to pull over more frequently or change the route, so be prepared for plans to change.
Road trips are a great way to explore and particularly if you or somebody you are traveling with has a disability. In addition to the above, it is important to be positive and confident – this will help the trip to be a positive one for all.