Since traveling with a power wheelchair is a special accommodation, you will want to research the airline with the best track record for taking care of wheelchair accommodations. In addition, notify the airline you will be bringing your power wheelchair for a couple reasons. First, the flight staff will be more ready to accommodate you if they know a power wheelchair needs to fit on the plane. Second, weight limits on airplanes are fairly strict, so they will need to account for the weight of the wheelchair beforehand.
If your trip requires you to stay in a hotel, make sure the hotel you choose has these wheelchair-accessible accommodations. First, make sure the hotel has a reliable, working elevator. Second, if you deem necessary, find out if the hotel has a room with roll-in showers, for easier bathing access. Finally, you may want to choose a hotel that is closest to where you will be spending most of your trip.
If you’re visiting a big city, you won’t have many problems finding wheelchair-accessible taxis or shuttles. However, if this is not the case, you may need to make transportation accommodations in advance. Especially if you are traveling to a foreign country, since they may have different standards for accommodating wheelchair-disabled travelers. Typically, wheelchair accommodated transportation services will be more expensive than a regular taxi.
Traveling with a power wheelchair may be more difficult, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it! It is very much possible to have a successful, fun trip even with your wheelchair. Once you do it the first time, you will then have the experience to try it again. Safe travels!