Travel Hacks For Wheelchair Users

Curated by
Brittany Déjean
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Curated by
Brittany Déjean

If you are a wheelchair user who loves to travel, you’ve probably learned a few tricks along the way. Or maybe you’re new to wheelchair travel and could use some pointers.


a jacket, sunglasses and passport on top of a suitcase

Whatever the case, check out these clever travel hacks – they just might make your next getaway a little easier.

Creating a checklist of necessary travel items is a must. Consider saving a digital copy on your computer or phone so that you don’t have to create the list from scratch each time you travel.

“I use a collapsible, armless camping chair for a shower chair. It fits in a large suitcase, and it’s inexpensive,” shares one avid traveler. Be cautioned, however, that these chairs are not the sturdiest; you may want to seek assistance to ensure a safe transfer.

If you’ll be traveling for more than a couple days, talk to your doctor about obtaining a refill of antibiotics in case you develop a UTI during your travels.

"I drive, and I learned that if your airline has curbside check-in, you can pull up to the curb, and the airline will do curbside check-in from your car so that you can park without having to then bring your luggage back too be checked in.”

If you’re traveling to a foreign country where you are unsure of accessibility, one traveler recommends using the newest version of a travel handbook you can find. Destinations are becoming more accessible all the time. If you use an outdated travel book, you might miss out on this important up-to-date information.

What travel hacks have you learned along the way? Share them with us, and you might be featured on AbleThrive!

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