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Let's get Ready to Roll: Jenna's Packing List for Accessible Adventuring

2018-09-27 Posted By Jenna Reed-Cote

    Before packing consider:

  • Mobility device cleared for travel i.e. scheduled a wellness check with a technician before leaving
  • Asked technician about potential small/medium/big things that might go wrong and how I or someone else can keep it functional on the trip until I get back
  • I have spare parts (screws and/or nuts etc.) and travel-approved tools (when I was in the London airport the rule at security was that my tools had to be six inches or less, so I made sure to bring my tiny screwdriver)
  • Medical equipment i.e. hearing aids, braces, canes, crutches, walker, feeding pumps have been looked over and cleared by the appropriate professional(s)
  • Checked to see what your insurance covers when you’re traveling in case there is a medical emergency

    Carry-On Baggage:

  • Medications and medical equipment I’d need to tide me over for a few days, in case my luggage gets lost
  • Current passport (TRY to plan it so that you get your passport you renewed six months before expiring, especially if you’re flying internationally)
  • Health card
  • Medical documentation to prevent this nutty situation
  • Wallet
  • Extra cash
  • ID
  • Phone + charger
  • Earphones
  • Laptop/iPad + charger
  • Wall adapter (depending on destination)
  • Camera + extra battery + charger
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Journal + writing tools

    Checked Luggage:

  • Some of you may be more susceptible to common infections than others, like UTIs (urinary tract infection) or ear infections. Either use your gut instinct and/or get your doctor’s input, but I HIGHLY recommend bringing a course of antibiotics with you (just in case)
  • Don’t forget to take your probiotics if you end up taking the antibiotics so that you can replace the bacteria killed by the antibiotics with healthy bacteria and so you don’t get C-Diff (if you take your antibiotics in the morning, take the probiotics at night - and vice versa - so that the good bacteria from the probiotics aren’t killed by the antibiotics)!
  • Pepto Bismol (great saving grace because the stress of traveling, new foods etc. can really mess with your gut)
  • ColdFX to stop a cold before it ruins your vacation
  • Benadryl
  • Gravol
  • Tylenol/Advil/Robaxacil/ANYTHING for aches and pains? Chances are you’ll need it on your trip with all the exploring you’re going to do (check expiry dates)
  • My prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Bathroom supplies like catheters if you use them or what you may need for lovely enemas because doesn’t that just make your vacation a million more times fun…NOT!
  • Clothes (obviously)
  • Extras of my staple pieces of clothing, like leggings…just in case

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