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#1 MicheleM

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 07:11 AM

Hi all. Was just talking to a friend with sclero who's taking a trip. I told her not to forget her handicap placard She didn't understand why and this is what I told her ;) ... If you show the baggage person the handicap sign they will ask you if you want a wheelchair or not. If you choose you can use one or not, but, even without the wheelchair you can go to the front of the line and not have to lumber through the long lines. Sometimes we don't want others to know that we have a problem (boy do I know that one :P ) but isn't it better to arrive with energy rather than wasting it standing in line?? So if you're travelling for the holidays you might want to think about using the handicap "sticker" placard, whatever you call it and save yourself a few lines. You still have to go through security ... etc... but it sure does make travelling easier! :D
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:38 PM

Hi Michele,

This is a great topic and thank you for bringing it up. As it happens, it's not always necessary to bring your handicap placard along or papers documenting disability; I've found that the airlines take you at your word.

When booking reservations, be sure to specify Wheelchair accomodations. Some airports have enough cart service so that wheelchairs aren't necessary, but some don't. Some airports are terrific with wheelchair service, and some always seem to "forget" that one was ordered. Usually people in wheelchairs have different boarding and exiting (either before or after everyone else).

So always plan on extra time waiting for wheelchair service, and don't schedule tight connecting flights. But, taking it easy in airports is worth its weight in gold for people with limited energy -- it helps to reserve energy for the sightseeing or visiting; or sometimes, just for making to the hotel room before collapsing.
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 07:51 AM

Good topic, Michele,

Thank you for bringing it up.

Hubby and I are hosting Thanksgiving at my mother's (where we now live, as I'm caregiver for her). she hasn't had a holiday meal at her home in nearly 20 years.

However, 14 of us (family) are flying to Hawaii in February and these are helpful tips for us. Hubby and I haven't flown for 15 years (except when our youngest grandson was born in 2000 and I flew on a commuter... a whole 45 minutes :P)

Since we're on the subject, can anyone offer me tips about packing? We're renting a beachhouse for the week, so we'll have washing facililities. In other words, I know not to pack much for clothes :mellow: . What I need help with... I'm used to throwing things into the motorhome, OR just into my suitcase and DRIVING to hotels/motels. For this trip, I need help with getting "my packing skills"... well... organized. Help, help!!! :unsure:

Thanks a Bunch
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:06 PM

Susie,
A beach house should have everything you could possibly need. Except a swim suit and water shoes and a towel or beach towel and another swim suit and coverup and maybe a light weight jacket or sweater and some more swimwear. Ha! The lows are in the mid 70's the highs are in the mid to low 80's. The weather there is perfect most of the time. I hope you have a wonderful time. It is one of the most restful places I have ever been. But, we went to rest. Not to shop until we dropped. Just standing in the water looking at all the colorful fish was breathtaking. My pleasures come from simple things. The fish are so brilliant in color. Snorkeling was great. Watching the whales was spectacular. February is the best month for seeing all the whales daily. I so hope you enjoy yourselves. Pack simple meeting your needs, and pick up a few things along the way. Have fun. Sheryl
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:48 PM

Hey Susie,
I'm always concerned about space in my suitcase when packing. I found these vacuum bags are handy - where you roll out the excess air. It allows you to pack more. Also I put all my toiletries in several half gallon size zipper bags. Get the good bags cause if something leaks you'll be glad it didn't get all over your clothes. I also pack a few extra zipper bags for dirty socks or wet clothes.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 02:57 PM

Thanks Ladies!

Hubby's been to Hawaii (years ago)and two others. The rest of us... this will be our first trip over. However, hubby and I are THE only two who haven't flown for a gazillion years! So I really appreciate your help!

peanut, your tips are definitely great ones. Thanks also, for suggesting extra zipper bags :)

Sheryl, good idea to have EXTRA swimsuits and beach towels.

When my kids were small, shopping was something I enjoyed... even with them. As I get older though, I care less and less for it. Luckily, I can drag hubby along with me, as he really doesn't mind helping with grocery shopping!

We are ALL looking forward to alot of R&R... all of the group wishes we were leaving tomorrow instead!
Anyway, I'm with you, when it comes to taking in all of the beauty... I can't hardly wait to see it all, the whales included :rolleyes:

Anyway, the trip's a ways off, but it'll be here before we know it!

Thanks much!!
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:17 AM

I watched the news last night for the first time in years. The airlines want people to layer there belongings. Such as shoes neatly on the bottom or sides. Then blouse or tops. Then blow dryers with the cords neatly wound and twist tied. Loose items in sealable containers. Then slacks or dress clothes. It was so neat everything must have been new. Ha! I guess that is the next big crackdown. They want our suitcases neat and tidy and everything in a proper container or layed out neatly in our shoes or between clothes. Just thought I would pass along that little tidbit. I do that in a couple I mean a couple drawers at home. But my suitcase ugh! Rolling clothes like I was taught wasn't shown. Everything was so tidy. Good luck traveling. Sheryl
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:56 AM

Thanks for that, Sheryl... I'm guessing that's probably for THEIR convenience in going through the suitcases, if it's warranted, as well as viewing with the x-ray machine.

Appreciate, my friend :)
Susie
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