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BATEC HYBRID 2

 

batec hybrid 2

 


Finally! The summer holidays are here and it’s time to disconnect and take a trip, a break from our routine. However, people with disabilities don’t have the same margin for spontaneity as those without physical disabilities when planning a trip. We have to make sure our destination is accessible and adapted to our needs. Here at Batec Mobility we have some ideas to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises, as far as possible.

 

blog batectravels tricks and tips for organising an accessible trip without any unpleasant surprises

 

The first step is choosing our holiday destination, which is easy ;). Then comes the hard part: finding accessible accommodations. Although many hotels offer adapted rooms for people with disabilities, the truth is that they don’t all hit the mark with their adaptations. And sometimes, although the room is properly adapted, it might not be suitable as there is a wide variety of functional diversity and each has its own specific needs. To avoid surprises, check some of the websites on accessible travel run by wheelchair users, like the blog by our friends at Travelinwheelchair or Silleros Viajeros by Equalitas Vitae. They features suggestions, tricks and solutions for destinations that aren’t even accessible.

We know from experience that the greatest difficulties tend to be in the bathroom. Not all adapted hotels have a shower or bathtub that is feasible to use. Not to mention that, depending on your physical disability, it may be better for you to use a bathtub or a no-threshold shower. In the first case, if your hotel doesn’t have a bathtub, it’s best to take a multipurpose shower chair because otherwise you might be forced to rig up a solution like Pablo Martínez (paraplegic, Barcelona) did on his three-month tour of South America. As he knew there wouldn’t be any adapted showers, he decided to take a folding camp chair he bought at Decathlon that hardly took up any space. Read all about his adventures in the article on Silleros Viajeros. Sometimes, we also find ourselves in situations like the one Cristina López (paraplegic, Madrid) experienced on a trip to Menorca, when the shower chair had no seat.

 

blog batectravels tricks and tips for organising an accessible trip without any unpleasant surprises

 

The best thing to do is to ask for photos of the adapted room and, mainly, of the bathroom. Also, don’t forget to ask about common areas because it isn't uncommon for pool or play areas to not be accessible or properly adapted even though the hotel has adapted rooms.

Once you’ve organised your trip, it’s time to pack and go over what you should take. We all have our technical aides we don’t use the rest of the year or don’t worry about maintaining. That’s why it’s best to check them before leaving and straying too far from your normal orthopaedic shop: from your wheelchair itself to your Batec handbike, as well as your bath chair, off-road wheels for the mountains, beach wheelchair, etc. It’s important to check the tyre pressure, make sure your anti-bedsore cushion is in proper shape, tighten all the screws… Anything you can do ahead of time to avoid a last-minute trip to the orthopaedic shop that might delay you… or, even worse, force you to scramble for an emergency solution while on holiday.

Our handbikes are very useful when travelling, as they give you increased autonomy and make it easy to travel over irregular terrain. If you’re going to take your Batec handbike with you this summer, don’t forget your charger, spare key and tool kit! Sometimes we’re so excited about getting away from it all that we forget the most basic things. Plus, it never hurts to take the USB user manual for your Batec in case you get into trouble. If you like to look smart and don’t want to take a dirty handbike, here’s a tip for a shiny battery: a bit of glass cleaner and a quick rub with a cloth. There won’t be a single fingerprint left!

 

blog batectravels tricks and tips for organising an accessible trip without any unpleasant surprises

 

We hope you find these tips helpful. Easy and basic, but sometime we forget to take care of ourselves. Happy summer!

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