Traveling with electric wheelchair and ventilator

Works well with the right luggage and preparations

User at the beach
User at the beach

Description
The user travels with 4 to 6 assistants depending on the length of the trip. The suitcases are numbered and each assistant is responsible for a few of them.

The assistive devices she brings along when she travels include: shower chair, a manual lift, two ventilators, emergency equipment for the ventilator with suction and bag valve mask (see associated tip), short and long ramps, extra tightening strap, hockey pucks to raise the bed (see associated tip), portable basin, tire puncture repair kit, purchased at a gas station (see associated tip). If she flies she also brings a manual wheelchair. The electric wheelchair is packed in advance in a box for shipping. She brings an extension cord for her electrical appliances and when needed an adapter (Travelstar) and transformer.

Users comments
It is important for the user to carefully plan her trips. She chooses destinations in countries with relatively good accessibility. She checks in advance that the hotel is accessible and spacious so that there is room for a manual lift and there is a handheld shower, not just a bathtub with a fixed faucet. She also checks the electric current used in the country and what the electrical plugs look like.
She notifies the airline that she uses a ventilator since not all airlines accept ventilators.

This tip is from 2008

Related tips

Adapted baggage cart
Adapted baggage cart
Emergency equipment cart for ventilator user.
Hockey pucks
Hockey pucks
Hockey pucks can be used as blocks to raise hotel beds - suitable for persons with disabilities.
Portable basin for washing hair
Portable basin for washing hair
Assistive device to wash hair while sitting in a wheelchair - suitable for persons with extensive disabilities.
Tire puncture repair kit or solid tires to prevent puncture
Tire puncture repair kit or solid tires to prevent puncture
The tire puncture repair kit makes it possible to quickly repair punctured wheelchair tires..

Tipsare: Nina

Nina lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1996 and has a high tetraplegia (C4). She is a ventilator user. She has two personal assistants 24 hours a day.