As an amputee, you should always consider unforeseen things that can happen to your bionic prosthetic socket, prosthesis or residual limb. You always need to be prepared for things like increased perspiration from humid conditions or dry conditions that cause changes in your skin. You also need to be aware of things that can affect how your prosthesis fits, like how increased salt intake can cause swelling as will walks that last longer than you anticipate. Dealing with these problems on a daily basis while at work or at home can be rather burdensome, but easy enough to overcome. However, these small setbacks can turn into larger problems if you happen to be on vacation and are not properly prepared,
If you are an amputee planning a vacation, there is so much to consider. For example, will the hotel have an elevator or does the campground you choose have clear pathways? As prosthetics can wear and break over time, you will likely check for cracks, tears and other abnormalities before embarking on your adventure. But before you set sail on that much needed and deserved vacation, seriously consider these items to pack in your amputee travel kit.
Creams and Lotions– If you are traveling to a dry region, the skin on your residual limb could become dry and cracked. This problem can be rather easily avoided by ensuring the limb is kept as moist as possible. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about the best products to use.
Medications– You will obviously pack any necessary medications, but you should pack more than just what you will need. We recommend you pack two sets of medications, one in your suitcase and one in your carry-on, just in case. We also suggest you pack for a few extra days in case you get delayed.
Stump Shrinkers– When traveling, it is not uncommon for you to experience excess activity. You may also be visiting places that are at higher altitudes. These are two examples of situations that may cause fluid retention or limb swelling. Check your limb in the evening for signs of swelling and utilize a stump shrinker if necessary. So don’t forget to pack yours.
Skin Dressing– When traveling, it is not uncommon to suffer blisters or skin abrasions, especially if you happen to be camping. In addition to products that help heal skin, you need to ensure you have plenty of bandages to cover the wounds.
Cleansers– To help limit the bacteria on any abrasions that may occur, make sure you pack skin cleansers and topical antibiotics. Even if you are simply staying in a hotel, don’t rely on their soap to keep your stump clean. You wouldn’t want an infection to cut short your vacation.
Small Tool Kit- There may be a situation in which your prosthesis may need a minor repair. If this is the case, it is best if you have a tool kit handy so you can make these repairs yourself with ease. Perhaps you notice a loose screw that needs to be tightened or a joint that needs to be lubricated, these are easily resolved with the aid of your tool kit.
We hope this list helps and have fun on your vacation.