A trip to the beach may sound like a farfetched idea for those with mobility needs. Sun, sand and water can all be problematic for those that utilize wheelchairs and scooters. However, we at Next Day Access have a few tips to help you make it easy and fun! To celebrate World Oceans Day, here are four tips that can help you feel the sun and sand all summer long.

  1.       Do a little research: Before you even leave the house, try to research mobility friendly beaches near your travel destination. Whether they have wheelchair accessibility or just have a wooden boardwalk, there are plenty of great places to visit. The city’s visitor bureau or parks and recreation office can be a great resource while you look. Here is a quick list of wheelchair friendly beaches you can explore.
  2.       Double check your equipment needs: If you aren’t sure what you will need to make your vacation a success, take a quick inventory of what you already have. Make sure your ramp, lift, wheelchair or scooter are all in great condition. In need of an upgrade? You can find the perfect fit for your needs here. Additionally, if you find you need temporary use of mobility equipment, rental options can be a great money saving tip.
  3.       Don’t forget your accessories: A few accessories can make a big difference when you head down to the shore. A vehicle lift will make your entry and exit from the vehicle flawless and easy! Whether you are loading your wheelchair or scooter, the lift can help everyone involved. Also, while packing up the car, don’t forget the sunny weather essentials. Sunscreen, water and an umbrella will help keep you safe and cool while you enjoy the crashing ocean waves.
  4.       Explore more than the ocean: While you are on vacation, don’t forget about all the great shopping and restaurants there are to visit. To avoid crowds and make your mobility easier, visit restaurants and shopping areas during non-peak times. You can also call ahead to make sure they have the proper ramp and access points to make your day a breeze!

This World Oceans Day, don’t let anything hold you back! With a little research beforehand, you can have an enjoyable beach experience. If you ever need any help deciding what mobility products you would most benefit from, Next Day Access can help!