Tips to Prepare for a Trip with Disabled People

Traveling can be stressful enough without the added stress of having a disabled loved one with you. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your trip so that everyone can have an enjoyable experience.

Look for a place where you can find comfort

You should look for a place where you can find comfort. You need to consider how accessible your destination is and what amenities it offers. Look for a place that caters to people with disabilities, as well as one that has comfortable rooms, safe surroundings, and plenty of other amenities (such as restaurants).

If your traveling companion needs special equipment or assistance to get around the city comfortably, look for hotels that offer things like wheelchair ramps and elevator access. The more accessible the hotel, the better off everyone will be when choosing their accommodations.

Should additional services be needed, look for an NDIS provider. The best providers use top-of-the-range NDIS management software to streamline the delivery of services and boost efficiency, so you should be sure of a high standard of care.

Get a disability accommodation

One of the most important things to do when planning a trip with disabled people is to get a disability accommodation. Disability accommodation is an arrangement that you make with your airline or hotel to help ensure your travel companions’ needs are met. 

According to Second Home, a wheelchair accessible accommodation in Melbourne, to be eligible for disability accommodation, you must have a permanent disability that limits one or more of your major life activities; this includes mobility issues and hearing impairments. If you don’t have a permanent disability but need assistance traveling due to an episodic impairment (e.g., epilepsy), such as seizures or narcolepsy episodes, then your condition may still qualify if there’s no equivalent service provided by the airlines.

Get continence assessment

If you are planning to travel with disabled people, you must get a continence assessment. A continence assessment is an evaluation by a qualified clinician. ​​If you plan to visit a family in Queensland, contact with the local SIL NDIS in Brisbane to help you determine the best options for managing incontinence during your trip. 

A continence assessment will help identify the type of incontinence (such as stress or urge), where this occurs, and how severe it is. It also gives an idea about what factors trigger or worsen urinary tract infections (UTIs) and how these infections can be managed. Additionally, it offers suggestions on what products might work best for your loved one based on his or her specific condition and needs. There are several advantages to getting a continence assessment:

    • Helps identify the underlying cause(s) of incontinence so that treatment options can be tailored accordingly; individualized care results in better outcomes.
    • Allows clinicians to discuss management strategies with patients so they know what their choices are when dealing with incontinence while traveling.
    • Provides insight into which medications might aggravate UTIs in patients who have them—and if any changes need to be made before leaving on vacation.
    • Presents suggestions for products that may help reduce leakage during air travel (such as absorbent underwear).

Check if there is any support from the hotel

The hotel should be wheelchair-accessible. This means that they have a lift, a disabled room, and bathroom facilities. It is also a good idea to check if there’s support from the hotel.

Many hotels have disability access guides that you can use when you are staying at their property for your trip with disabled people. These guides help in making sure all your needs are met during your stay, whether it involves getting around the property or using its facilities such as swimming pools and spas.

Check out the weather at the destination

We all know that the weather can affect mobility. If you are going to be in a tropical location, bring sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. If it’s cold outside, bring warm clothes and blankets for those who may need them.

Do some research on the transportation and accessibility of your travel destination

When you’re traveling with a wheelchair user, it’s a good idea to find out in advance whether there are accessible buses and trains, as well as elevators in the stations. This can be done by the assistance center of your country or by searching the Internet for reviews.

However, don’t assume that there will be wheelchair access everywhere. There are many places in this world where building an elevator costs too much money and is not possible to do at all. In such cases, you should look for alternative ways to move around or don’t go there at all.

In addition, don’t assume that there will be accessible restrooms everywhere either—even if you’ve found accessible buses. It’s best to check this out before your trip so that any problems won’t get in your way later on when trying to enjoy yourself on vacation with other people who aren’t disabled.

Bring identification with you

Bring a copy of your loved one’s documentation, as well as the identification of all members of your group. If someone in your party is traveling with a service animal, make sure that he or she has the appropriate documentation for that animal. You may also want to bring copies of any equipment you may be used during the trip, for example, Inogen one G5 oxygen concentrator, so that people can identify them quickly if they need to.

Find out about the policies regarding disabled travelers in the airport, cruise ship, or bus terminal

Airports may have special programs for disabled people and you should do your research beforehand.

If you are traveling by plane, check with your airline about wheelchair access and other services for people with disabilities. If you are staying on board a boat during your cruise, find out if there is any assistance for those who need it. And finally, if you are taking a bus trip, make sure to request an accessible vehicle for anyone with special needs so that they can enjoy their trip just like everyone else

Use the time to educate your children about the disability of their loved ones

If your child is old enough to understand, have a conversation about the disability with them. Explain what it means and what it doesn’t mean. For example, you could explain that some people who are blind may be able to see some things but not others, while other people who are blind cannot see anything at all. You can also explain that just because someone has one disability doesn’t mean they have other ones as well (for example, blindness does not automatically mean deafness).

It’s important to remember that every child learns differently and at different times. If your child is older and able to grasp these concepts easily, great. But if he or she isn’t quite there yet—don’t worry. There’s no need for guilt; this is an ongoing process of learning for everyone involved. It may take years before your child fully understands how someone else experiences the world differently than they do—and even then it might still be difficult for them to fully grasp everything about their loved one’s disabilities (and yours). But if you keep talking about these issues with reverence and respect throughout those years of teaching each other new things about ourselves and each other as we grow together into our shared futures together then I think both parties will end up being better off in the end because of having had such an important conversation today instead of waiting until later when something bad happens again this week due out of ignorance rather than willful ignorance.”

Bring essentials and be prepared for emergencies

To prepare for your trip, it’s important to bring essentials and be prepared for emergencies. It is also important that you have an emergency plan in place as well as a quick reaction plan so you can make a decision quickly when needed. First aid kits are essential, but they should not be the only thing you bring along with you. Extra medication is also essential so that if the first aid kit runs out of supplies, there will still be something left for everyone to use on those days when nothing seems to work.

If there are any weather changes during your trip, just remember how much more active disabled people may be than regular travelers because of their disabilities, and make sure everyone has enough clothes or blankets. If someone gets sick from being cold or hot too much then it could endanger their health even further than before so make sure everyone stays warm whenever possible.

Be prepared, and make sure that everyone is comfortable and feels safe

It’s simple, but it’s the most important thing you can do to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Make sure that you have everything that you need—including identification and documentation (if applicable)—and make sure everyone in your party is comfortable and feels safe.

Thus, make sure everyone knows how to get help if something happens during the trip. This could be as simple as telling someone else where they’re supposed to meet in case of an emergency, or it might involve giving them specific instructions on what to do if something does happen during the trip.

Furthermore, you have to know how long it will take for help to arrive in case things go wrong on your trip or when traveling through unfamiliar places with disabled people who may need assistance from others around them at any time – especially when traveling abroad.


The best way to make sure you’re prepared for your trip with a disabled person is to do some research. Many websites offer tips on traveling with disabled people and their families. Checking out these resources can help you prepare for any situation that may arise during your trip. It’s also important to find out if there are any special accommodations available at the destination you’re visiting, like wheelchair ramps or accessible seating at a restaurant or movie theater.

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