December 23 2019

Travelling with an Amputation

With the cold weather settling in a lot of people are planning a winter getaway. Whether it be to visit family or get a break from the cold weather on a beach it takes planning. When you are an amputee it may take a little extra planning, but we are here to help you arrange a holiday that is as stress-free as possible.


As you are planning your trip, take the time to check your prosthetic. It is important to make sure all the parts are in good working order. If you notice any cracks, tears, loose parts or unusual sounds in your prosthetic be sure to book an appointment with your Prosthetist.


Before you leave for your trip, whether you are flying or driving, consider giving your prosthetic a good cleaning with mild, unscented soap and a washcloth.


Don’t Forget;

  • Socks for your prosthetic

  • Socket liner

  • Small tool kit with a screwdriver

  • Plastic bags to put around your prosthetic if you are near water or sand

  • Prosthetist’s phone number

  • Body powder to help keep your residual limb dry in humid and hot conditions

  • Antibiotic cream


If you are flying, getting through security can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if it is your first time with a prosthetic. Feeling prepared can help. We have gathered up some information to help ease your worries.


  • The CBSA officer will want to see and touch your prosthetic. You will not need to remove it. Being upfront with them will help to streamline the process. You can always ask for a private screening if you are not comfortable in the crowd. If you choose to have a private screening, CBSA always tries to have two officers of your gender present.

  • There are many devices that are permitted through security such as wheelchairs, canes, crutches but they may require additional screening. You can see a full list here.

  • Ask for a seat at the front of the plane to make things easier and give you the much-needed extra room. Be sure your seat is not at the emergency exit.

  • Consider asking for wheelchair assistance even if you are confident in your mobility. If you are in a large airport and have to make it from one end to the other in a hurry it will help to ease the stress if you already know you have help waiting.

  • Most airlines have different rules for passengers that are flying with vital medical equipment. Your checked baggage restrictions will likely change. You will have to research the specific airline you are flying with. So, for example, if you are flying with a limb that is for a sport, be sure to plan accordingly.


It is important to allow yourself extra time to get through security. It will be a lot less taxing on you and anyone you are traveling with if you do not feel rushed. It will take you extra time to get through the entire process.


If your holiday is well planned and you are prepared it will make for a wonderful time!




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