A Guide to Vacations for Disabled Travelers

Traveling is hard for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for disabled individuals. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot find a vacation destination to match your needs! This guide will walk you through the different considerations of traveling with disabilities and provide ideas on where to go and how to make sure your trip is both safe and enjoyable.

Do you know what a disability is? A person who has a physical or mental disease, which in combination with various barriers, prevents them from participating equally with others in society. There are many types of disabilities including hearing or visual, mobility, cognitive or communicative.

Tips for traveling with a disability:

1) Be mindful of the areas of the destination that will be inaccessible. Ask yourself how you will be able to get around, and inconvenient the location will be for you.

2) Bring a caretaker if your disability limits you from caring for yourself. This person can help you with navigation and other tasks while on vacation.

3) Remember to pack devices such as a ramp or vehicle modifications in order to make travel easier. Some vehicle modifications include:

  • Raised pedals and footplates in order to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Hand control devices allow the driver to operate vehicle doors, brakes, and gears without having to use their feet or legs.
  • Controls that can be reached with one hand are more accessible than controls requiring two hands since they do not require the wheelchair user to be in a certain position.

For more information about vehicle modification, you can visit https://www.independenceautomotive.com.au

4) If you are unable to stand for long periods of time, be sure to pack a folding wheelchair or stool. These items can make it easier for you to get up and move around while on vacation (or at home!)

woman riding wheelchair near trees

What items should you pack when traveling as a disabled individual?

In addition to everyday items such as toothbrushes and clothes, here are some specific things that disabled travelers might find helpful:

  • A first aid kit including an extra pair of glasses, hearing aids, or contact lenses.
  • A service animal, if applicable to your situation. Make sure that you have all the necessary documentation for bringing this pet along with you on vacation! For example, in order to bring a dog into Australia, it must be accompanied by an Assistance Animal Pass, which can provide access to public spaces and transport areas. You can check out the full list of requirements for bringing an assistance animal to Australia from Animal Lovers here:
  • A wheelchair, walker, or cane.
  • An extra supply of medication and a signed doctor’s statement if required by your health insurance company in order to avoid paying high costs abroad. It is important that you contact them ahead of time about the process of getting this letter.
  • In addition to these items, it might be helpful to pack a flashlight or battery-operated lantern if you are traveling during the nighttime hours.

man in gray hoodie and black pants sitting on black and gray stroller during daytime

What is the purpose of taking a trip?

We travel for many reasons, including pleasure and education. Whether you travel alone or with a group of friends, there are certain steps that can make your trip go more smoothly.

For some travelers, vacation time is the only opportunity they have to get away from their busy lives at home. Others may take trips in order to relax and experience new things. Many people travel to learn more about the world and other cultures. Traveling is a wonderful way of broadening your horizons and living life on your own terms!


As you can see, there are many options for disabled travelers, and we hope this guide has helped in your preparation. With a little planning and consideration, you will be able to find the perfect destination that suits all of your needs!