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Having the right accessories can make a huge difference when travelling this summer in your wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV). The right accessories can enhance the comfort, safety, and accessibility of the vehicle, making travelling a much more enjoyable and stress-free experience.

To ensure you always get the most out of every journey, we’ve compiled a list of the top 12 accessories that will transform your travelling experience this year!

1. Hydrant water bottle

Our first must-have accessory for WAVs is The Hydrant water bottle, which provides hydration to people with limited mobility while on the go. The 1-litre bottles have a built-in cap, a bracket to hang the bottle from the wheelchair and a drinking tube and bite valve, making it easy to enjoy a drink without assistance. All you do is fill the bottle with whatever you want to drink, hold the tube and with the bite valve between your lips, bite and suck when you wish to drink. The bottle’s bite valve opens and closes depending on the pressure, so there’s no need to worry about leaks.

2. Built-in lap desk bag

The Trabasack Is a very useful and convenient accessory in a WAV to improve independence for wheelchair users. It’s a versatile, lightweight and portable wheelchair lap tray and bag that provides a level surface for eating, writing, or using a laptop while in a WAV. Its secure straps and non-slip surface prevent items from falling, and the built-in bag provides a convenient place to store and access personal items.

3. Portable urinals

A lightweight and portable urinal is a convenient accessory to keep in your WAV if you or your passenger find it difficult to access public toilets or need to go to the toilet urgently. It’s both a hygienic and discreet way to manage urinary needs while on the road. The ergonomic shape of the Uriwell unisex portable urinal means that it fits snuggly when in use to avoid any spillages. Meanwhile, the lid remains tightly fitted when not used and is leak-free, even if you store it on its side.

4. Handy wipes

Wipes are a very useful accessory to have on board your WAV. You can use them to clean surfaces and hands or mop up spills on the go. The Cheeky Panda Handy Wipes will fit easily into your wheelchair bag for on-the-go cleanliness. They are also safe for sensitive skin and biodegradable, so you can put them in the bin when you’re finished with them with the peace of mind that they’ll eventually break down and won’t be hanging around the planet for years to come.

5. Travel sick bags

If you or your passengers experience sickness while travelling, Travel John Sick Bags are a convenient, discreet and hygienic way to manage travel sickness while on the road. They are made from tough material with leakproof seams and contain a super-absorbent pad that rapidly absorbs liquid, avoiding spreading germs or odours. After use, all you need to do is seal the bag and dispose of it. You can also use the bag as an emergency urinal bag if needed.

6. RADAR disabled toilet key

With more than 10,000 disabled toilets with RADAR locks across the UK, you’ll want to keep a RADAR key in your WAV. With this special key, you can easily access locked public disabled toilets without asking a staff member to unlock them. You can find RADAR-disabled toilets in various locations, including cafes, train stations, airports, parks, pubs and shopping centres.

7. Adult travel bands

Adult travel bands are a helpful solution if you experience motion sickness when travelling in wheelchair accessible vehicles. These bands work by using the principles of acupressure to apply pressure to specific points on the wrist, which can help reduce nausea and dizziness. It’s important to get advice from a healthcare professional before using anti-sickness bands, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions or take medications that may interact with them.

8. HandyBar

The HandyBar is a very useful portable device designed to help people get in and out of a vehicle, for those with mobility issues. It slots into the door latch within the inner frame of the vehicle, and its sturdy handle gives support as you or your passenger transfers from the wheelchair to a seat in the vehicle. The HandyBar also features a seatbelt cutter and window smasher in the event of an emergency.

9. Wheelchair cosy

A wheelchair cosy is a must-have for anyone using a wheelchair accessible vehicle during the winter. Fleece-lined and waterproof, the wheelchair cosy provides extra warmth and comfort and protects wheelchair users from the wind and cold weather. It covers the lower body and includes a back panel to provide extra comfort and cosiness. Compatible with most manual wheelchairs, the wheelchair cosy has an extra large double finger ring zip and chord for easy use.

10. Cooling seat pad

Sitting for too long can get uncomfortable, especially in warm weather. That’s why a cooling seat pad is a great accessory for anyone using a wheelchair accessible vehicle, especially during the summer. It provides a cool, comfortable sitting surface and reduces skin irritation and discomfort. You don’t need to freeze them first. The seat pad contains sealed gel packs that react to the body’s heat to create a cooling sensation.

11. AccessAble

The AccessAble app is a great resource for planning a trip in your WAV. Once you’ve downloaded the free app, select where you want to visit, and it will give you all the accessibility information you need about your chosen destination so you can make informed decisions about whether a location is accessible for you.

12. Blue Badge parking app

The Blue Badge Parking app is a great tool when you are in your wheelchair accessible vehicle. It allows you to find the location of blue badge disabled parking spaces at your chosen destination, so you don’t have to drive around for ages to find a suitable parking space.

Whether you have a Vauxhall Movano, Renault Trafic or one of our other new or used WAVs, these 12 accessories will not only help to make travelling more comfortable, convenient, and safe but more enjoyable too!

If you are looking for a new wheelchair accessible vehicle, here at GowringsVersa Mobility, you’ll find an extensive range of new, nearly new and used mobility vehicles. Contact us at 0345 608 8020 or online anytime to find out more.  

FAQs on Essential WAV Travel Accessories for Summer

Q: What is the most important accessory for staying hydrated in a WAV?
A: The Hydrant water bottle is essential for hydration on the go, especially for people with limited mobility. It features a built-in cap, a bracket for hanging from the wheelchair, a drinking tube, and a bite valve, making it easy to drink without assistance.

Q: How can I manage toileting needs discreetly while travelling in a WAV?
A: Portable urinals, like the Uriwell unisex portable urinal, offer a discreet, hygienic solution for managing urinary needs on the road. Its ergonomic design and leak-proof lid make it a must-have for long journeys.

Q: What accessory can help with eating, writing, or using a laptop in a WAV?
A: The Trabasack is a versatile, portable wheelchair lap tray and bag. It provides a stable surface for various activities while also offering convenient storage for personal items.

Q: How can I access locked public disabled toilets more easily?
A: Keeping a RADAR disabled toilet key in your WAV grants you access to over 10,000 locked public disabled toilets across the UK without needing assistance from staff.

Q: What accessory can aid in entering and exiting a vehicle for someone with mobility issues?
A: The HandyBar is a portable device that assists with vehicle entry and exit. It fits into the door latch, providing a sturdy handle for support, and also includes safety features like a seatbelt cutter and window smasher.

Q: How can I ensure comfort during cold weather when using a WAV?
A: A wheelchair cosy, which is fleece-lined and waterproof, provides warmth, comfort, and protection from cold weather for wheelchair users.

Q: What solution is there for motion sickness while travelling in a WAV?
A: Adult travel bands, which use acupressure principles to alleviate nausea and motion sickness, can be a helpful solution. However, consulting with a healthcare professional is advised before use.

Q: Is there an app that can help plan accessible outings in a WAV?
A: The AccessAble app provides detailed accessibility information about various destinations, making it easier to plan trips and ensure that locations are accessible for WAV users.

Q: How can I find Blue Badge parking spaces easily?
A: The Blue Badge Parking app helps locate blue badge disabled parking spaces, simplifying the search for suitable parking and saving time.

Q: Can accessories really enhance the travel experience in a WAV?
A: Yes, choosing the right accessories for your WAV can significantly enhance travel comfort, safety, and accessibility, making journeys more enjoyable and stress-free.

 

 

 

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