Traveling with a mobility device is hard enough, but with COVID-19 running rampant, travel is now even harder. Just because you want to avoid air travel doesn’t mean that you can’t go anywhere. If you plan well and follow CDC guidelines, you can still take the trip of your dreams while staying safe. One way to travel safely is by limiting contact with other people who may be carrying the virus. This is much easier to do when going on a road trip than when flying. Knowing who you’re traveling with and who they’ve been in contact with is a good start. Here are some things you need to take into consideration when planning your accessible road trip.
Finding a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
If you don’t already have a wheelchair accessible vehicle, you have two options. You must either buy or rent one. Like finding the right mobility device for you, finding a wheelchair accessible vehicle takes work. Fortunately, we wrote an article covering this very topic, which you can check out for more information.
If you aren’t the driver, it’s possible to travel with someone else, but you have to make sure that your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair fits into the trunk of the car when transporting it.
Choosing an Accessible Destination
People say that life is about the journey, not the destination. However, when it comes to travel, accessible travel in particular, the destination is just as important. The last thing you want is to go through the trouble of planning a trip, building up anticipation, and traveling for hours, only to reach your destination and not be able to do anything you planned. Part of planning an accessible trip is making sure that where you’re staying and the sights you plan to see are wheelchair or mobility scooter-accessible.
A safe and fun option for travel during COVID-19 is camping. Being outdoors makes it easier to keep your distance from other people. You also get the benefit of enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. If you’re not sure where to start in planning an accessible camping trip, check out our article about camping with a motorized scooter or wheelchair.
What to Pack When Traveling with a Mobility Device
Once you pick your destination and get your transportation set, your trip is coming to life. The last step in planning an accessible road trip is to figure out what you’re going to pack. To lessen stress on travel day, we recommend coming up with a list of what you’re bringing with you beforehand. Pride Mobility® brand ambassador Yvette Pegues has experience in this area. She wrote an article all about what to pack when traveling with a wheelchair, which we recommend.