When traveling domestically or internationally its important to have a backup plan when traveling with your wheelchair. Here are 5 helpful tips
1. You'll want to check airline policies on transporting wheelchairs, as many air carriers have policies on packing power wheelchair parts or wet, dry, or gel batteries. Some chairs may need to be completely dismantled for flight. If you travel with a power wheelchair, you risk damage each time you check in, so prepare your chair for travel, and stay involved with the process right up until the time you board the plane.
2. It's always nice to have an emergency patch kit which can consist of frequently worn parts and tools such as: lubricant, bolts, wrenches, allen keys, duct tape, patch kits, extra tubes, cane tips, extra stump socks or other helpful tools. Learn simple fixes you can make and you'll find that many of these tools are very difficult to find or costly depending on where you travel.
3. Depending on where you are traveling think about replacing a wheelchair's high pressure tires with tires that have extra tread which can provide a smooth ride and grip the road better.
4. Have your wheelchair checked prior to leaving can save you a lot of agony.
5. Check our Cory Lee's helpful blog on traveling the world in a wheelchair. You will find it informative and inspiring. Check out Curb Free with Cory Lee blog here.