Use the correct batteries
If flying, make sure your wheelchair uses either dry cell or gel cell batteries. You should be aware that every portable electric wheelchair makes use of rechargeable batteries. These batteries run on either dry cell, gel cell, or wet cell. If you are planning to fly, you may want to use wheelchairs with gel cells or dry cells. Why? The flight staff tends to detach wet cell batteries from the wheelchairs and store them in leak-proof containers. It means that you have to get assistance since your electric wheelchair cannot move on its own without the battery.
Carry more than enough cash
Carrying the exact amount of money is hard to do so you need to take more than your budget stipulates. That way, you have more than enough for miscellaneous items and expenses. Not all countries pay more attention to wheelchair users, which means you may need to buy something extra during your travels. By doing so, you are going to spend more than you should and could ruin your budget. Remember also that your chair could break down and require repairs, which is an additional expenditure.
Locate a wheelchair repair shop at your destination
The last thing you want is to have your portable electric wheelchair breaking down at a particular locality with no sight of a repair shop. Do some in-depth research about area repair shops before your trip. If you find nothing, go ahead and call the hotel where you are staying. You should also ensure that the repair shop handles electric portable wheelchairs. Some shops only handle class one wheelchairs, and that is not useful for your type of wheelchair.
Notify everyone that you have a wheelchair
One of the essential tips for a traveler with a wheelchair is to notify everyone you can. Some traveling companies lack special equipment for people with portable electric wheelchairs. When you are making all your bookings - bus, shuttle, ship, or flight - mention that you are using a wheelchair so they can be ready to accommodate your needs – such as making room for your wheelchair or assigning staff to help you board the means of transport.
Bring a waterproof plastic bag
You should carry a portable plastic bag at all times because you have no idea what weather to expect at your destination, especially if you are planning to fly out of the country. In case it is raining, cover the electrical control parts with the plastic bag to prevent water from trickling to the essential components.
Research your means of transport
Make sure you research all means of transportation you use – rail, road, air - so that they have everything needed to accommodate your wheelchair. In most cases, they should at least have a ramp, wide doors, and a storage space for your wheelchair, but that doesn't mean that you are going to find these things in every country. It is a tip for traveling with a mobility device that you cannot ignore.
Recharge safely at each destination
Different cities around the globe have different power grids and not all of them contain the voltage that can sync with your portable electric chair. Believe it or not, some cities can have too much voltage that may blow up your charger and leave you immobile. In case you are going to a town whose voltage may be too high, make sure you buy a charger that can convert the voltage. It may not be cheap, but it is going to serve you incredibly well.
These are some of the best tips that come in handy for anyone traveling with portable electric equipment. Each tip is going to ensure that you either avoid unnecessary inconveniences or amplify your comfort during the journey. Here’s to you having an easy time enjoying your travel with your wheelchair.
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