Traveling with Your Power Wheel Chair
Having limited mobility should not deter you from traveling. Most electric wheelchairs and scooters are easily transportable, especially with the use of portable ramps. There are many options available for those who need to travel with an electric wheel chair. Many forms of public transportation, as well as hotels, cruise ships and guided tours, are equipped to accommodate electric wheelchairs and electric scooters.
Transporting Your Power Wheel Chair
An electric wheel chair is intended to bring independence to those who can not achieve mobility on their own. This should be true in your home and away. Transporting an electric wheelchair from one location to another has become an almost effortless process. With the use of wheelchair ramps, wheelchair lifts and wheelchair accessible vehicles, traveling with an electric wheelchair is easy.
- Wheelchair Ramps - Wheel chair ramps are ideal for transporting electric wheel chairs. Ramps help to navigate the electric wheel chair through entrances, doorways and sliding glass doors, transport the wheelchair up or down a few steps, and access a vehicle or building.
- Wheelchair Lifts - Wheel chair lifts are used to carry wheelchairs up down any staircase. Lifts allow electric wheel chairs to easily gain entrance into a home or building, transport a wheelchair to be used in other places and place a wheelchair inside a vehicle without assistance.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles - Wheelchair vans, handicap vans and electric wheel chair accessible conversion vans are a great solution for those with limited mobility. These vehicles come equipped with side entry or rear entry wheelchair lifts and wheelchair ramps:
A low cost option for transportation is renting a wheelchair accessible vehicle:
Convenience and Comfort
Electric wheelchairs can be equipped with many accessories that will allow you to travel with ease. Necessary equipment, like walkers, canes, crutches and oxygen can be attached and transported to most electric wheelchairs.
In addition, bags and totes of different sizes can be attached to an electric wheel chair to help transport anything else that might be needed.
For extra comfort and support, items such as cushions, padding, headrests, legrests, footrests and straps can be added.
Electric wheel chair covers are also available for when the electric wheelchair is not in use and needs to be stored.
Travel Power Wheelchair
If you are going to be traveling frequently with an electric wheelchair or electric scooter, you might consider purchasing a travel electric wheelchair. Travel electric wheelchairs can be folded or disassembled to be stored in a car or on an airplane. Travel wheel chairs are lighter and take up less space than an electric power wheelchair. Once disassembled, the heaviest part of a travel electric wheelchair ranges from 80 to 60 pounds, and can support weight up to 300 pounds.
- To avoid a potential dilemma, it is important to make sure your wheelchair is in good condition before a trip.
- If possible, bring an emergency toolkit with you to fix any problems while you are away.
- If traveling to another country, bring adaptive equipment for the battery charger and other electrical devices.
- When flying with an electric wheelchair, notify the airline as early as possible that you will be traveling with a wheelchair. It is recommended to confirm this information with your airline 24-48 hours before departure.
- Check with the individual airline that you will be traveling with to ensure your accommodations will be met.