With the holidays
right around the corner it is important that caregivers
who plan on traveling follow a few important steps to
ensure a safe and happy trip for all involved.
This article should help.
Whether you travel
abroad or domestically, there are some tips you should
keep in mind. These suggestions have been written for
the special needs traveler, but they apply to anyone
parts and piece of mind: Always bring along spare
parts for your equipment, whether it's extra tubes
and valves for the oxygen tank or that spare pair of
glasses. I'll never forget the time I was in London
and blew a tire on my wheelchair. If I hadn't
brought along extra tubes it would have ruined my
and endurance: When packing your luggage, pack
everything you want to bring, then carry your
suitcases around the block at least once. If you
feel like you can make around the block one more
time, congratulations. You have packed properly. If
you couldn't make it around the block a second time,
without passing out, you will need to repack.
Cash, cards and
traveler's checks: When traveling to a foreign
country do not exchange your money at the hotel. You
will get a better exchange rate (ER), and therefore
save money, by exchanging your money at banks and
exchange bureaus. Also, you will usually get a
better ER from your ATM and credit card companies.
Additionally, when you exchange at a bank or
exchange bureau, you will get a better ER using cash
as opposed to traveler's checks.
flying and weather: When traveling from sunny South
Florida to the cold northern climates, carry your
winter coat to the airport, and get a box from the
airline to check the coat as luggage. You won't have
to hassle with it onboard the plane. Before you
leave the airport, unpack the box and put on your
coat. Do the reverse when traveling from the colder
climate to a warm climate. Wear your coat to the
airport, get a box and check it as luggage. When you
arrive in the sunshine, just leave the coat in the
and self-protection: If you require special
assistance boarding the plane, let the airline know
when you make your reservation, and when you check
in at the gate. Usually the airlines will try to put
you in an aisle seat, but opt for a window seat
instead. The main reason for this is, anybody
requiring special assistance boarding and debarking
the plane boards the plane first and gets off last.
Now there are 200 or so other passengers who will be
getting on that plane after you and off before you.
Being in the aisle seat makes you the target of
every wayward carry-on bag passing your row. Another
advantage to sitting in the window seat is that the
others in your row won't have to climb over you
every time they get up.
and respect: When traveling abroad, remember that
most, if not all, restaurants will include the tip
in the bill. An additional gratuity is not
necessary. Remember that wait staff is providing a
service. They are usually underpaid and over worked.
Treat them with respect, and generally you will get
the service you feel you deserve. It is also
important to remember that the quality of your food
is not the responsibility of your wait staff. Make a
complaint if necessary, but don't take it out on the
waiters and waitresses.
One final tip:
(bet you thought I wasn't going to say it) as
always, plan ahead!
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