Off to the park for a picnic, or going sightseeing, or perhaps going somewhere further afield for a holiday? We all enjoy a good trip, whether it’s close to home or a relaxing getaway. But to make sure everyone’s needs are catered for, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Here’s our guide to days out and trips away.

Days Out:

As well as deciding on the best location, it’s important to look into travel and transport options is a really useful website that features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families.

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Top Tips:

  • First and foremost, have a plan so you are a lot less likely to have any hiccups along the way and can make your trip more enjoyable.
  • Get a RADAR key because many accessible toilets are part of the National Key Scheme (NKS) which means they can only be used by people with NKS Radar Key. This can save you a lot of time and hassle as you won’t have to wait for staff to open the door.

If you need a little extra help getting out and about these days, why not have a look at our Betterlife range.

Trips Away:

If you’re heading off on holiday and you or someone in your party needs assistance, contact your airline. Under European legislation, they are responsible for providing help and support, so go to their website for details on how to access it. Don’t forget though, it’s important to give as much notice as possible, ideally at the time of booking, or at least 48 hours before your travel.

You should also tell your airline, tour operator or travel agent if you’d like to take your own mobility aid (such as a wheelchair or scooter). Luggage assistance can be arranged for you free of charge.

If you’d prefer to rent mobility aids while you’re away, there are companies that can deliver mobility scooters, commodes, bath lifts, shower chairs, walkers and many more items to your holiday accommodation anywhere in the world. Try

5 Packing Tips:

1. To save carrying it, wear your heaviest clothing to travel in.

2. Invest in a lightweight suitcase or bag so you can afford to pack a bit more.

3. Don’t pack anything that you can buy while you’re there, such as shampoo and conditioner. It’s often cheaper when you buy it abroad anyway.

4. Be ruthless. Whatever clothes you think you’re going to need, take out at least a third as most people don’t wear the majority of the clothes they take on holiday.

5. Roll, don’t fold. Not only does it save space, but it avoids creases too. Tuck underwear into the gaps and stick rolled up socks inside shoes.

Travel Tips:

Jetting off? If you’re going somewhere that requires travel vaccinations or malaria tablets, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor and MASTA Travel Health can give advice and provide the ones you need. Try our Vaccination Checker to find out what vaccinations you need.

Before you pack, if you take prescription medication, make sure you order and pick up enough to last you on your trip. It’s a good idea to take a couple of days’ spare medication too in case you get unexpectedly delayed.