Be sure to have all medical documents on hand. When traveling as a person with a disability or illness, it is very important that you have all medical documentation on hand, especially if you are traveling by air, so that the airline is aware of all your medical needs and accommodations.
Put a list together of the things you may need when traveling. Traveling with a Disability or illness can be overwhelming at times. I find that putting a list together of the things I need when traveling allows me to take it one step at a time and gives me a chance to process everything.
Do your research on accessibility. It is very important that you do your research on accessible hotels and places you plan to visit, so that you have a plan and a good idea of what you’ll be dealing with once you get to your destination. You can also call ahead to see if there are any special Covid-19 instructions.
If your body begins to feel overwhelmed from the countless tasks, take a step back. Traveling can be overwhelming and can cause our bodies to get sore much faster. Make sure to schedule in extra time.
Make sure you have all medications needed on hand. When it comes to traveling with a Disability or illness, you must have all the medications you need on hand at all times because you never know when you’ll need them.
Bring comfort items that would make traveling more comfortable for you. When I’m traveling, I like to bring comfort items like my headphones and a stress ball to help me cope with stress and uncomfortable situations I might be put in. Trust me—it comes a long way.
Find a list of accessible activities that you can do — I find it beneficial to come up with a list of activities that I can do with my family, from putting up holiday decorations to going to an accessible museum.
Ultimately, traveling with a disability or illness can be difficult, even more so during the holidays and the pandemic, but this checklist can hopefully help make traveling easier and give you peace of mind.