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Your UCP: National October 13, 2003
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Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, should run smooothly with good planning. You may, however, run into a few problems along the way. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan ahead.

  • Call ahead and confirm reservations and transportation. Do not take anyone’s word that a destination or transportation is accessible—confirm it yourself. Ask if there are any stairs, curbs, ramps, elevators, etc. A great trip can quickly turn into a disaster if a destination claims to be accessible and you arrive to find that there are two stairs and no ramp!
  • If possible, find out if there are repair stops in the area of your travel destination. Or if necessary, travel with a back up wheelchair and or spare parts (tire tubes).
  • If traveling outside the US and traveling with equipment that needs electrical charging, make sure the electrical currency of your travel destination(s) is the same as your equipment or that you have a converter or one will be supplied for you.
  • If you take medications, be sure to bring enough with you. Check with your doctor, if traveling to places with extreme temperatures, destinations and activities.
  • Health Care Abroad: Medical practices in other countries may be very different from those found in the United States. Add to this the potential for language barriers and unfamiliarity with your medical history, and the value of planning for potential medical care becomes obvious. If you aren't very familiar with the country you are visiting, the US State Department Consular Information sheets and Travel Advisories are a good place to start, to see what type of medical services will be available to you once you are there.
  • If possible, plan a rough itinerary and give a copy to a friend so someone will know when you are supposed to return.
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