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Road Trip Archives - Travel for drivers with mobility challenges
Packing For A Roadtrip?

Packing For A Roadtrip?

Packing Your Car For A Road Trip

Inside Your Vehicle


Cold Food

Pack a Cooler so you can have some cold food and beverages on hand for the trip. This is good for convenience as well as saving you money and time. There are several ways you can go here. You can take a cooler and pack it with ice or you can get one that plugs into your car.

I thought this one by CleverMade was ideal since it will flatten down to under 3” when not in use … CleverMade SnapBasket Collapsible Soft-Sided 50 Can Cooler, 30 Liter

Hot Food

If you want to take hot beverages or want to pick up some hot food items for on the road and eat later, get a reusable “Hot Cold” bag. An example of this can be found on Amazon Insulated Bag | Thermal Bag | Hot Cold Bag

Pay Attention To Your Body

When traveling, hydration and constipation can be a problem. Be sure to pack lots of water or drinks with electrolytes and some dried fruit. Everyone has their remedies but it couldn’t hurt to take along some high-fiber cookies or something with some Magnesium hydroxide to prevent discomfort.

Travel Toilet Aid

In my research I found a lot of different toilet aids and it comes down to what your particular need is. I found a great deal by searching the following terms in the search box on Amazon.com and Google.com;

“travel toilet aid”
“compact folding easy wipe toilet aid”

In Case of Emergency!

Google definition of an emergency;

a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

By definition an emergency is a “dangerous situation requiring immediate action”. That means you will need to be prepared for the “sudden and unexpected”. In your car you need to have emergency supplies for the most likely situations you will have on the road.

According to our research, the most likely emergencies can be avoided by being cautious and having on hand some simple and basic supplies.

Accident Avoidance
an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

Some of this may sound like common sense but the important thing is not to how important it is not to overlook any one of these things.

According to studies and the attorneys that litigate these cases, be sure to do the following;

  • Take extra caution when driving. This will easily avoid the most common situations. We’ll assume you are already a good driver so we won’t talk about your driving. What we are more concerned about are the other drivers. The light runners, tailgaters, speeders, sudden lane changers, phone users (including texters) and so many others.
  • Keep a vigilant eye out for these drivers because they aren’t looking out for you. Leave lots of room between you and your fellow drivers. I know what we are about to suggest will sound like a “Sunday driver” but we feel safety for road warriors is essential to a great experience on the road.

The best way to avoid an accident is to be aware of the primary reasons people get into accidents and then plan for ways to avoid them.

Let me share a little story … Once upon a time … I was out driving with a friends nephew who was a new driver and we were on the freeway during rush hour. Traffic was starting to pile up and I wasn’t sure he was paying enough attention so I started working out “what if” situations in my head. Moments later, traffic completely stopped and we were moving too fast to avoid a collision. Since I had already worked out what we should do, without batting and eye I grabbed the wheel and yanked it to the left as he slammed on the breaks and we stopped on the shoulder half way past the car in front of us.

If I had to envision what I would do before this happened, I would have had to think it up and that valuable lost time would have created an accident that I could have avoided. I am convinced we would have slammed into that car that was in front of us, more than likely totaling both of our vehicles and possibly causing serious injuries.

Consumer Reports, a non profit consumer organization, put out a great article on this called 6 ways to avoid a car accident. Simple steps to stay out of trouble.

Geico, the 3rd largest auto insurer in the United States, wrote an article titled Top Ten Tips To Avoid An Accident

WikiHow.com even put together an 11 step, illustrated guide to avoiding an accident.

In my research I find lots of products and information. Including a pearl of a report on the most common causes of an accident on the website of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC out of San Diego, California.

I would suggest reading all of these articles since they all contain. The article takes you through ways you can create accident avoidance strategies for when you are out on the road. You can read the article here Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents.

Planning A Road Trip

Planning A Road Trip

Time For A Road Trip?

Who doesn’t love a road trip, right? There are so many different types of people out there struggling with mobility challenges.

So I want you to understand whom I am gearing this article for. This way you don’t spend a lot of time reading something that isn’t relevant.

Before we get into how to prepare for a roadtrip I am assuming 3 things about you;

  1. You’re either a person with mobility challenges, the caretaker, family member or friend of someone with mobility challenges or someone in the industry
  2. Your mobility challenges requires special equipment to get around
  3. You’re considering a roadtrip

OK, if you are still with me then let’s get started.

Taking a road trip for you means being ready for almost anything. A simple roadside breakdown could potentialy be life threatening.

I get it and that is why this article was written for you.

It doesn’t matter if you are adventurous or a little more timid. We are going attempt to consider every potential situation.

For more on whether you are adventurous or timid … take this short quiz.

So You Want To Go On A Road Trip?

Who doesn’t love a road trip? You may be the more adventurous type, simply hitting the road with only your lodging and major attractions planned, or you may prefer to plan every detail of the trip. Either way, hitting the road and seeing new sites is exciting!

As a traveler with mobility challenges, you need to take into consideration a number of things to make your trip successful. In this guide we will be giving you a lot of resources to help you plan and prepare for safe travel. Even with good planning there are things that can come up. We hope this guide helps you to have a trip full of adventure and great memories.

Ultimately we want to help your trip be smooth sailing, even if you hit a bump or two along the way.

Pre-Travel Checklist

Emergency Roadside Assistance

Part of any Road Warrior’s arsenal will be having a comprehensive coverage for roadside emergencies. I know I am biased when I say this but I don’t believe you will find a better service then what they offer at Mobility Roadside Assistance. What they do is more of a holistic approach. They believe it is not enough to just get you roadside service, anyone can do that, they also offer paratransit assistance for you and all of your passengers can be safe.

No matter where you of throughout the US and Canada. If you have a roadside emergency they send out a paratransit team along with a tow truck. You and your passengers will not be left stranded or alone on the side of the road.

Lets face it breakdowns happen to even the most prepared road warriors. Very few tow truck  providers have the ability to help mobility challenges drivers or passengers which means your typical towing service may need to leave you stranded on the side of the road while your vehicle is towed to a service location for repairs!

Check Your Health Insurance

Make sure you know what hospitals or health centers there are along the way and check your insurance plan
to make sure they are accepted and within network whenever possible. If it makes sense, create a short medical history sheet to help in an emergency situation.

Know Your Limits

If this is your first road trip you need to take it easy so that you can identify what your limits are. Maybe start with a short trip of under 3 hours to get acquainted with your limits. 

Get A National Parks Access Pass

If you plan to do any sightseeing within the National Parks System, get an Access Pass to the National
Parks. There is more information on this at the
National Parks website. To get the pass you can apply here


For some additional resources checkout the following research I did on what others are writing and doing to help with accessible travel. Including a 9 part comprehensive guide to special needs travel that was thoughtfully researched and written by Tzvi Schectman at FriednshipCircle.org.

I also found the folks at Disability Travel have done a fantastic job of researching and writing articles on accessible travel.
For more help with accessible travel here are a few more resources I found in my research;

Websites for Wheelchair Accessible Travel in the US

Accessible Travel San Diego

Accessible Travel – New England States

Accessible Travel Hawaii

Accessible Travel Blogs and News