Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Traveling can be a transformative experience and must be equally accessible for everyone. However, it may come with certain challenges for people with disabilities. As a dedicated NDIS disability care company offering Disability Support Services in Ingleburn, we believe that you shouldn’t have to stay at home because of a temporary or permanent disability. Although you may have a few more challenges to address than others, the tips shared below will definitely make traveling easier and more enjoyable for you. 

Schedule a Medical Checkup

Prior to making any bookings, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your travel plans. Share how far your chosen destination is, your mode of transportation, and the activities you wish to do during the trip. Your doctor is the best person to tell you if you are fit for the travel. If they allow you to travel, make sure to follow the precautions they share. Also, ask them what steps you or people traveling with you must take in case a medical emergency arises. Carefully listen to the advice of your doctor for safe and stress-free travel.

Plan Every Aspect of Your Travel in Detail

The success of a trip lies in proper planning. In addition to deciding the destination, packing clothes, and keeping a separate goody bag containing food items you love, it is important to plan how exactly you will be navigating the travel. This includes –

  • Driving to and from the airport
  • Checking in to your flight or accommodation
  • Informing the hotel or airline staff about your accessibility needs

There are some airlines that will seek your confirmation for airport assistance around 48 hrs before your flight.

If our NDIS disability care company has been providing you with In-home Care Assistance, they would be happy to help you pack, drive you to the airport, and assist with check-ins as well.

Keep the Essentials Within Reach

Keep your essentials like medicines and personal care items within reach during your flight. It is also advisable to get a doctor’s note explaining any specific needs you have or the medical device you might be carrying. This can be helpful for the cabin crew to understand your requirements better.

Consider Accessible Accommodation Options

When choosing a hotel, take into account your routine at home be it for sleeping or bathing. Look for a hotel offering similar choices, whether that’s a specialised bathtub, a roll-in shower equipped with grab bars and shower bench, or adjustable beds to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Be as specific as possible when explaining the hotel staff what you are looking in accommodation.

Buy Travel Insurance

Things do not always go as planned. Hence, it is important to purchase travel insurance when traveling with a disability. It is equally important to select the cover that suits your particular needs. With the right travel insurance policy offering comprehensive coverage, you can be rest assured that any and every situation will be covered, including both financial losses and medical emergencies. However, as policies differ in terms of coverage and benefits, there are a few essential things you must check, such as –

  • The type of medical treatments, tests, and evacuation expenses that are covered.
  • Whether the medical devices or aids can be replaced in case they are damaged, lost, or stolen while you are traveling.

Look For Accessible Travel Offers and Discounts

Some airlines offer special access travel offers for passengers with disabilities. These may include priority boarding, discounts on fares, help with boarding & deplanning, etc. Typically, airlines ask for a proof of disability which could be a doctor’s note or any other relevant document. Check with different airlines to know about their offers for people with disabilities and the documents they need for verification.

Also, talk to your NDIS disability plan management provider to find out if you qualify for any funding allocation for your travel. Knowing the expenses that NDIS funding covers and how much you’ll have to pay from your pocket will help you plan your trip more effectively. If you think you can benefit from specialised Disability Support Services in Ingleburn, like Care 2 You Healthcare, when you are back home, reach out to us to discuss your needs. At Care 2 You Healthcare, we are dedicated to offering the right level of care to NDIS participants as per their specific needs. To learn about how our In-home Care Assistance in Ingleburn can improve the quality of your life, you can call us on 0422 835 008 or email

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