Today I’d like to share a brilliant guest post from Olivia about travelling with disability. It’s quite an extensive topic, but this covers the basics for some key travelling scenarios, like travelling when you need oxygen, travelling with a guide dog and taking trips with anxiety. Enjoy!
Travelling can be a nerve wracking experience for anyone, whether you’re heading off on a boat, train or plane. If you’re heading on a long journey away from home this can be stressful and a lot of us worry about this. When flying, the situation can be escalated as a lot of people have a phobia of flying.
But what about those who suffer with a condition where they may need additional support on board such as Wheelchair, Guide Dog or even an Oxygen Concentrator, is it possible to travel when you have these conditions. For most medical conditions you will need to get it signed off by a doctor, once this has been done, contact your airline to discuss the next steps, whether that is booking an extra seat, being near a toilet or having some assistance from the cabin crew, your airline should go through it all with you.
Travelling with Oxygen :
If you’re planning on travelling with an oxygen concentrator, a great company that can help you when travelling with oxygen is The Oxygenstore. If you’re looking to rent a concentrator for the duration of your stay they can offer this to you, as well as give you any advice you may need along the way. You will also need a medical certificate from your doctor before hiring and flying with the oxygen concentrator. Using an oxygen concentrator may be a must for someone with a lung condition as the oxygen levels on a plane are way lower than what they are usually. Most concentrators which fit the FAA guidelines are allowed to be carried onto a plane by yourself, make sure you advise the airline of your condition this as soon as possible to allow the correct procedures to be put in place.
Travelling with a Guide Dog :
When it comes to travelling with guide dogs, your airline has to allow you to do this without charge. Dogs tend to sit in the footwell for the duration of a flight, however, they’re often offered the front seats for additional footroom. A safety harness will be required as it allows the dog to be safe during take off and landing. Make sure you get your dog insured before any flight and also get it checked over by a vet and they will provide documentation to show your airline when booking your tickets. For more information check out the government website which you can locate here.
Travelling with Anxiety :
Travelling with anxiety can be a massive no-no for a lot of anxiety sufferers sadly, however, those who attempt to travel there a variety of coping mechanisms to help you through your flight. First things first, work out what the Anxiety is about. Whether it’s being in the air, the lack of toilets or the take off and landing are just some examples, once you figure this out it is a good way to work out how to tackle these individual issues.
Some ways to help your anxiety when you’re going to fly are from being distracted; if you’re on a long flight, I find breaking the flight up in my head into movies can make the time go quicker. Most long haul flights are 4-5 films long which are usually provided on the TVs within the chairs. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and finally tell the cabin crew of your anxiety, they may be able to help with making you feel more at ease.
Author – Olivia
[ This is a collaborative guest post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author. ]