This week's Guest Blogger is Stuart Cooke of Uni Baggage, a door to door luggage delivery service that helps travelers all around the world to take the stress out of traveling. Since I am on the go so much, I am always looking for new tips on how to make my travels less stressful. When you travel with a chronic illness or disability, your illness is just another bag you have to pack and take with you. These tips help lighten that load so you can enjoy your travels even more.
Travelling can be stressful for anyone, but when you add a disability into the mix, then it can become much more of a difficult situation to endure rather than one to enjoy. We believe that everyone should have a stress-free holiday experience and so we have put together a list of tips that should help you enjoy a relaxing traveling experience.
Travel Luggage Free
If you didn’t realize that there are services out there that allow you to send your luggage ahead to your destination, then don’t worry you’re not alone. Many people don’t seem to realize that they can have their luggage picked up from their own door and shipped straight to the hotel they are staying in. So, you can pack as much as you want and make your way through the airport and travel to your hotel without having to worry about dragging your luggage along.
When you are traveling with a disability, you will usually need to pack a bit more than most. You might need to include medication or aids to help your mobility, hearing, sight etc. and all of this can take up a lot of room in your luggage. A great way to reduce this is to make use of vacuum bags which will allow you to pack much more clothing into a small amount space leaving you with lots of room for any extras you may need. Not only will this save you money as you will need less luggage, but it will also save you the hassle of having to carry and transport extra bags. You can also purchase small travel sized TSA approved health and beauty products that can fit in your carry-on bag.
Book Activities In Advance
The actual journey to your holiday destination obviously isn’t the only thing you want to be stress-free. You will want to book your activities in advance before you leave as this will greatly reduce stress and hassle when you arrive. By booking day trips and activities well in advance, you will be able to avoid queues, and if you need wheelchair access, you can make sure that everything is in place when you make your booking. Leaving these details to the day of the activity is a sure-fire recipe for stress as you might find that they don’t cater for your needs and you are sure to be met with lengthy queues and possible language barriers.
Take Regular Breaks
This may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but it’s one that sadly often gets ignored. If you are traveling on a long distance trip then taking regular breaks can be the difference between a pleasant trip or a journey from hell. If you are going by car, then plan regular stops even if you feel that you don’t need them. Plan your breaks around service stations or areas where you can stretch your legs and get some food and water.
If you are flying and have connecting flights, then do your research and book flights that allow you a decent amount of time in between so you won't be rushing from one trip to the next. Again this will give you the opportunity to use the toilet, get some food and take a break in between flights which can make all the difference.
Expect The Unexpected
If you enter your holiday with a positive mindset accepting that not everything will go according to plan or play out the way you see it in your head, then you will save yourself a lot of needless stress. Remember it’s not what happens to us that makes us stressed, it’s how we choose to react to these events so even if things go wrong just chalk it down to experience and go with the flow.
The last thing you want to do is lose your cool in front of your kids as this will only make them react badly, so play it cool and have the mindset that you can deal with any potential problem, and everything will fall into place.
Keep Your Essentials Close By
You will know yourself what you need to manage your disability and make your journey as comfortable as possible. Therefore, you should ensure that you pack all your essential items in your carry-on luggage and keep it close by should you need it. Your essential items should include your wallet, contact information and details of your next of kin or a close friend/family member who can be contacted in the event of an emergency.
If you have an invisible disability it’s also always a good idea to make the flight staff aware should anything happen during the flight so they will be best prepared to deal with it.
Bio:Written by Stuart Cooke of Uni Baggage, a door to door luggage delivery service that helps travelers all around the world to take the stress out of traveling.