Traveling with Your Prosthesis During the Holidays

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Christmas is a busy time of year. Full of family, celebration and often times travel. Here are some helpful hints to help relieve some of the stress of traveling with a prosthesis.

First, make sure you do a thorough check of your prosthesis to make sure it is in great shape, and if its not, make sure to check with us before you leave.

Bring our number with on your trip so you can contact us should you need us, and bring extras (aka socket liners, small tool kits, socks, etc.)

If you're flying, Security officers may need to see and/or touch your prosthetic device, but you do not need to remove it. You are welcome to a private screening as well as accompaniment by a loved one or assistant in the private screening. You may be required to lift a sleeve or pant leg in order to reveal the prosthetic during this screening. Although the airports are busy this time of year, you don't need to rush, its ok to take sit down to take your shoes off. For more information check out the TSA website for a complete listing.

If you're going on a cruise, don't forget to ask for any special accommodations such as a wheelchair accessible room if necessary. You'll also want to make sure your shower and bath will have grab bars.

If you're driving, make sure you have made the necessary upgrades to your vehicle such as hand brakes. Also be aware of your state regulations. These can be found on your state's DMV website.

Whatever mode of transportation you are taking make sure to enjoy the holiday season and prepare appropriately. If you need anything before you leave, don't hesitate to let us know.