Do you have plans to go on a road trip this summer?
One of the remarkable things about van conversions is they have opened up the road for wheelchair users, allowing them to hop on the nearest freeway and take it to any town, city or landmark that catches their eye.
But traveling with your wheelchair requires a bit of preparation, and just like any vacation, preparation is the key to having the best time that you possibly can.
So before you pack up your wheelchair van and hit the open road, follow these tips to make the most of your summer vacation.
Check With Your Doctor
Before you start the roadtrip of a lifetime, it’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy and fit for extended travel. It’s also a good opportunity to check on any prescriptions that need to be refilled or updated.
Prep Your Wheelchair
Now that your personal health checks out, it’s time to check on the health of your wheelchair. Since you will be on the road and seeing the sights, you want to make sure that your chair is in great working order.
A nice tune up and some fresh parts (if needed) will ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch.
Lastly, attach a label on your chair that has with your name, phone number and address on it, just in case you chair gets misplaced along the way.
Plan For Emergencies
It’s a good idea to keep a list of information on you in case of medical emergencies that leave you incapacitated. A good list of things to include is your primary doctor’s number, any known allergies, a description of your medical condition and an emergency contact (provided you are traveling alone).
You can also carry our number (952) 890-7851 here at Rollx Vans in case you need any assistance with your van. We can always try to asses the problem over the phone you direct you to a place that can perform the repairs, if needed.
Bring Along Spare Parts and Tools
Be prepared for anything! Even if your chair is in great condition before you leave, you never know what will happen on the road. Bring some spare tubes, tire inflators and any other parts that may cease to function during your trip.
Check Ahead for Hotels
Unless you plan on sleeping in your van every night, it’s a good idea to contact the hotels that you will be staying at to make sure they know you are coming and what your needs will be during your stay.
Make a List of Places You Want to See
Although it’s nice to hit the open road without a final destination, it’s always a great idea to have some ideas of where you want to go and what you want to see. Look for great handicap accessible destinations that you won’t want to miss.
Lastly, get your access pass from the National Park Service, which grants you access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country. It’s even free for people with disabilities!
Do you have any trips planned for this summer? Let us know in the comments below.