Accessible Travel Tips for Traveling with a Power Operated Mobility Vehicle
These accessible travel tips will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when traveling with your Amigo.
Hiring a travel agent qualified in accessible travel will be helpful for planning. Author Candy Harrington offers these tips for find the right travel agent for you.
- Reach out to someone who recently used an accessible travel agent.
- Confirm that the agent is qualified in accessible travel.
- Ask if the agent travels themselves.
Another important factor of accessible travel is lodging. These tips will help you plan for accessible overnight stays while traveling.
- Use a hotel chain you are familiar with.
- Call to confirm accessible offerings.
- Confirm the following when booking online:
- Doorway Width
- Furniture Height
- Restroom Accommodations
- Request Photos of the Room
- Read up on ADA access laws to be knowledgeable on design standards for hotels.
- Call to confirm your accessible room reservation before arrival.
Many choose to travel by ground, it is usually the least expensive option. You can reach your destination for a getaway, extended weekend or mini vacation quickly and easily.
Use these tips to make your accessible travel as hassle-free as possible. Letting you relax and have fun.
- Car: Portable mobility devices, like the TravelMate™, will help make rest-stop breaks quick and easy.
- Bus: Most help with boarding, luggage and retrieving of power operated vehicles. Contact the carrier in advanced to make arrangements.
- Train: Choose a carrier that meets your needs best. For overnight routes, request a private room and confirm the following:
- Does your Amigo fit through the doorways?
- Are the light switches low enough for you to reach?
- Pack meals and snacks ahead of time to reduce the number of stops required.
Ground may be the cheapest option, but traveling by air will be the quickest. Airlines and airports are fully equipped and trained to assist with accessible travel. The following tips will help ensure your trips goes smooth both on and off the ground.
- Have your Amigo information on hand. This will help if any problems arise. It is always wise to contact the airline in advanced to check requirements.
- Review the airline’s Contract of Carriage before booking. The disability section covers what the airline is obligated to when you purchase a ticket.
- Visit seatguru.com for plane seat maps. It will help you choose the best seat option before booking your flight.
- Try for direct flights. If a transfer is necessary, use the airline’s wheelchair. It will be easier all if you send your Amigo direct to your destination.
- Label your Amigo as “Plane Side” luggage if you need to send it. This will guarantee it will be delivered upon your arrival.
- Let the airline know about any special assistance you will require. The more they know prior, the more they will be able to help you.
- Check ahead on airport accessibly. Call ahead to determine what services are available.
- Planning for boarding. Think ahead if you need to request a bulkhead seat, allow for more legroom. A seat with folding or removable armrests will also make transfers easier.
- Have special handling tags ready. If you travel frequently it may be helpful to have a tag that state special handling (of your Amigo) is required. Click here to download a pre-designed one that you can print and attach to you Amigo.
Navigating Airport Security
It is recommended to arrive an extra hour early for check-in inspections. Security screening is required for all airline passengers.
Plan for the following security procedure when checking in:
- Your Amigo will be inspected first. TSA will often use a mirror to inspect underneath the platform.
- After the mirror check, you will be asked questions regarding any maintenance on your Amigo in the last 48 hours.
- Next, TSA will use a hand-wand to perform a security pat down.
- Once you’ve passed the screenings, drive through the metal detectors.
- Your Amigo and you will be on your way!
If you feel uncomfortable with public screenings, you can request a private screening area.
Transportation of Batteries
If you are using lithium-ion batteries, feel good knowing they can travel by air! Non-spillable, sealed batteries are approved for commercial airline travel. Amigo batteries are sealed and safe for airline travel. Additionally, they are rated at 250 watt-hours, which is within the allowed 300 watt-hours or less.
According to the FAA, Amigos must be ‘checked’ luggage. We highly recommend notifying the airline that you will be checking in your Amigo with batteries when booking. This lets the airline crew better prepare for loading, stowing and securing your Amigo.
Cruises have gained worldwide popularity. This travel option is relaxing with non-stop activities and culinary delights. Cruise ships function as floating hotels with nearly everything included in the price. You are able fully relax and enjoy yourself, while they do all the work.
Special cruises are available for those with serious medical conditions and who use assistance animals – complete with a vet on board. Most cruise lines now offer their accessibility information on their website. Contact the cruise line before reserving space with any additional questions.
We recommend the following when determining the best cruise line for your accessible travel.
- Are the cabins fully Amigo accessible?
- Do the cabins have low or no sills?
- Are all public restrooms handicapped accessible?
- Will my Amigo fit on the elevators?
- Will my Amigo fit through the doorways?
- Are ramps available on the decks?
- Am I able to travel alone?
Planning for international accessible travel does not have to be a hassle. Next time you are planning a trip, contact us with your serial number and where you are traveling to.
Before your trip, we will:
- Verify that you have a universal charger. If not, they are available for purchase.
- Identify the age and type of your batteries. We recommended new ones if they are older than 18 months.
- Mail you two extra keys to take with you. We’ll cover the shipping too if you’re in the continental U.S.
- Help you find the correct plug adaptor you need based on where you are traveling.
- Provide you with Accessible Travel Tips.
During your trip, we will:
- Send you the contact info of local healthcare dealers in the area in case you need help while traveling.
Have additional questions about traveling with your Amigo? Contact us at 1-989-777-0910.