Traveling With Prosthetic Device
Have a trip coming up? Whether you’re embarking on a week-long vacation overseas or preparing for a weekend getaway, it’s important to take plan ahead when traveling with a prosthetic device. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to pack, plan, and care for your device on the go so you get as much as out of your time as possible!
Preparations and Packing
The adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies in this case. A little extra preparation can help you ensure your trip is a success. Before hitting the road, carefully examine your device. If you’ve been putting off a tune-up, get that taken care of so you don’t have any problems on the go. The last thing you want to be worrying about when you’re on vacation is getting your device fixed.
Next, pack smart. Bring any items you use to clean your device. This list should include soap, socks, and towels. You may also want to bring baby powder and bandages depending on the climate you’ll be visiting and your level of activity. It’s also good to be extra prepared so if your luggage allows it, bring extra liners, sleeves, and socks.
Know the TSA Rules
Are you traveling by plane? Take time to review the TSA rules about prosthetic devices before you take off for the airport. You can also have a TSA notification card handy to make matters easier. You are not required to remove your device. However, TSA may require additional screening of your device. In this case, you can opt for a private screening and request that a relative or companion accompany you. You can decide to remove your prosthesis, and have it screened by X-ray.
Keep in mind that you can request assistance for other types of travel. Be sure to let the customer service representative for any ship, train, or bus company know of your special needs. It’s a good idea to ask about storage and where you can place any items you may be carrying with you during travel.
Have you been bitten by the travel bug? At Metro Prosthetics, we understand that each of our patients has their own unique lifestyle and goals. We’ll help you find a prosthetic device that suits yours, whether it’s jet-setting, exploring the great outdoors, or enjoying quality time with loved ones.