Safety First: Helpful Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Here at HDS Medallion, we don't just care about making the best Designer CarryAll bags for mobility devices around. We also care about you! That's why we're dedicating a series of blog posts to our Safety First campaign. These posts will cover a variety of topics, and provide helpful tips for safe traveling, device usage, and more.

Airport travel with a mobility device doesn't have to be a pain with HDS Medallion's helpful tips!The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes one of the busiest travel times of the year. Traveling during these times is often a challenge, but it can be significantly more difficult for those with a disability. Many people who require a wheelchair, power chair, or other mobility device may feel discouraged from traveling during the season. At HDS Medallion, we want to help ensure more people are able to spend the holidays with their loved ones. Before you pack up that stylish HDS Medallion CarryAll bag on your mobility device, use these helpful travel tips to help your trip go as smoothly as possible!

- Call ahead. While all travel providers are required by law to accommodate travelers with disabilities, making sure they prepare in advance will help you avoid any last-minute complications. You can also call the TSA's free helpline at 855-787-2227 for any questions regarding checkpoints or security.
- Speak with your doctor before your trip. Let them know all of the details so they can best prepare you for what lies ahead. They'll be able to offer specific advice based on your individual needs, and may also be able to help with medication concerns as well. If possible, have your doctor prepare a statement detailing your needs as well, along with their contact info. This document can be extremely valuable should a complication arise during travel.
- If flying, avoid routes with connecting flights. Because flight schedules don't always remain as planned, try to book direct flights to your destination. This will help you avoid any complications should a flight be delayed. Although direct flights can be more expensive, the complications you can avoid are likely to be worth the investment.
- Keep important documents and medications secure. Be sure to keep your most important items in a secure bag that you'll be allowed to carry on your person at all times. If you're looking for an attractive bag for your wheelchair, walker, power chair or other mobility device that you can also carry with you, we recommend visiting our website before you travel!  Remember our innovative strap system allows you to carry these walker, wheelchair, power chair or scooter bags as a shoulder bag, handbag or cross body bag.  Just check out the Premier, Demi-Premier and Metro collections.

Traveling during the holidays can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible! If you'll be traveling this year, use these helpful tips to help make your trip go as smoothly as possible. Have some useful best practices you don't see here? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, so we can share them as well! To all our friends with mobility devices, we wish you all safe and smooth travels this fall and holiday season!

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