Accessible Adventures: 10 Tips for Traveling if you are an amputee
Traveling is a thrilling experience that allows us to explore new places, immerse ourselves in different cultures, and create lasting memories. However, traveling as an amputee can present several challenges and considerations: in addition to the usual preparations, such as packing your suitcase, you also need to consider how to travel with your prosthesis and some extra tips we’re about to tell you.
The thought of navigating airports, security checks, and unfamiliar environments while ensuring the comfort and safety of one’s prosthesis can be overwhelming and daunting. But fear not, because in this article, we have gathered valuable tips from experienced amputee travelers to help you embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease.
We’d like to thank our contributors, Lisa F., Paul M., Marleen V., Christina W.,and Richard Y., for their collaboration on this post.
Christina W. wearing a UNYQ Natura custom prosthetic cover design in the Swiss Alps.
"I love being in nature, especially in places that aren’t crowded. I experience this most when I travel with our van in the Bavarian, Swiss and Austrian Alps. For me, traveling means being very active, doing sports and always exploring, like when we went to Portugal that we really enjoyed Surfing! But, when I can’t decide between the mountains and the ocean, I travel to Cape Town, South Africa."
– Christina W.
10 Tips for traveling as an amputee
1. Get a medical checkup beforehand:
Before embarking on your journey, it’s important to have a medical checkup to ensure that you are in good health and your prosthesis is functioning properly. This will give you peace of mind and help address any concerns before you travel.
2. Carry necessary documents:
If you are traveling abroad, it’s essential to carry a medical devices document. This document will provide information about your prosthesis and its necessity, which can be useful if you encounter any issues during security checks.
UNYQer Richard Y. wearing a UNYQ Next prosthetic cover design in Mexico
3. Plan your trip consciously:
Don’t assume that all destinations are equally easy or difficult to navigate as an amputee. Take the time to research and plan your trip thoroughly. Look for accessible accommodations, transportation options, and attractions that are suitable for your needs. This will help avoid inconveniences and ensure a smoother travel experience.
4. Pack spare prosthetic accessories:
It’s crucial to bring spare prosthetic accessories, such as liners and socks, in your carry-on luggage. This will come in handy if any adjustments are needed during the flight. Additionally, if you prefer to travel without wearing your prosthesis, having these items readily available will allow you to put it back on before disembarking.
UNYQer Christina W. wearing a UNYQ Natura prosthetic design in The Swiss Alps.
5. Wear comfortable clothing:
Opt for comfortable clothing with side closures, such as robes, skirts, shorts, or pants. During security checks, you may be required to show your leg, and wearing clothing that is easy to remove or adjust will facilitate the process. However, be prepared for additional screening or specific procedures in place for prosthetic wearers.
6. Avoid full-leg boots:
To expedite the security process, it’s advisable not to wear full-leg boots. They may ask you to remove them, which can be inconvenient. Opt for footwear that is easy to take off and put back on.
UNYQer Marleen V. wearing a UNYQ Flow prosthetic cover design in Guadalajara
7. Arrive early:
Arriving early at the airport allows you ample time to go through security checks and any additional assistance you may require. Not only will this prevent you from feeling rushed, but it’s also important to note that metal detectors may be triggered by your prosthesis, leading to a pat-down or search. Allowing extra time will help you navigate these procedures comfortably.
8. Request wheelchair assistance if needed:
If you require assistance with mobility, don’t hesitate to request wheelchair assistance from the airline. This service can help you navigate the airport and board the plane, especially if there are long distances between security checkpoints and the boarding gate.
UNYQer Paul M. wearing a UNYQ Odissey prosthetic cover design while travelling to Madrid.
9. Take advantage of early boarding:
Boarding the plane early allows you to settle in without feeling rushed. Although this means you’ll be among the last to exit, it provides a more relaxed and comfortable experience during boarding.
10. Choose a seat with extra legroom:
Legroom on airplanes can be limited, and this can be uncomfortable for prosthetic wearers. When booking your seat, try to select one that offers extra legroom. If possible, opt for an aisle seat, which allows you to easily get up and walk around or access the restroom without disturbing other passengers.
Lisa . Wearing a UNYQ Natura prosthetic cover design in Alberta.
In conclusion, traveling as an amputee should not deter you from exploring the world and experiencing new adventures.
By following these tips, you can embark on your next trip with confidence, knowing that you have taken important measures to ensure your comfort, safety, and accessibility. Remember to plan ahead, communicate your needs, and advocate for yourself when necessary.
Embrace the spirit of adventure and embark on your accessible journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Bon voyage!
About our UNYQers’ designs
Richard Y. is wearing a AK UNYQ Next Flex prosthetic cover design in Black glossy.
Christina is wearing a BK UNYQ Natura Firm prosthetic cover design in Walnut matte.
Marleen is wearing a BK UNYQ Flow Firm prosthetic cover design in Iris Blue-Purple matte.
Paul M. is wearing a AK UNYQ Odissey Flex prosthetic cover design in Black glossy.
Lisa F. is wearing a AK UNYQ Natura Firm prosthetic cover design in Mint matte.
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