• Plan ahead! For example, pack warm clothes if cold aggravates your overuse injury.
  • Identify where you want to stay, the activities you want to do, your methods of transport and the assistance you need. Choices range from a fully catered cruise where you get off at each destination to go sightseeing (minimum effort meals, activities, housekeeping, transport and childcare) to back-packer style hostel and coach travel trips (self-sufficient meal purchase, preparation, activities, bed-making, repeated packing and unpacking and luggage handling) or even camping.
  • Schedule yourself extra time (for rest or to fit in your activities when able). You could finalise plans and book outings if you find your medical condition isn’t a barrier.
  • Use luggage you can easily manage, light and with wheels and so on.
  • Leave lots of time to make transfers, move your luggage and stretch and move around. Travel light. Consider mailing some of your luggage or purchases home.
  • Take quick-drying clothes that you can hand wash and drip-dry.
  • Let the plane and train carriers know in advance that you will need assistance.


If you are going on a trip there are many things to organise and it can be very helpful to put together a check-list of things you need to do.

Early actions

  • Book accommodation
  • Find someone to look after pets.
  • Use information maps and guides to plan the trip.
  • If travelling by public transport, book travel and any transfers.
  • If travelling by car, book in for a pre-holiday technical check at NRMA or equivalent.
  • Book car service. Check spare tyre.
  • Organise travel insurance.
  • Arrange for watering of garden and indoor plants.
  • Check that you can manage your luggage (pack light)

Security Arrangements

  • Stop newspapers/mail.
  • Ask neighbours to collect junk mail.
  • Stop milk and periodic deliveries.
  • Leave contact addresses and phone numbers with neighbours.
  • Check door and window locks.

Departure day

  • Take perishables out of fridge
  • dispose of garbage
  • lock windows and doors
  • turn off lights and unneeded power points
  • turn on any security devices.

Items to take on a journey

  • First aid kit, medication and treatment aids like a heat pack
  • toiletries
  • sunscreen
  • camera/film or video camera
  • comfortable walking gear
  • sun glasses/hats
  • books/magazines/games/music
  • maps
  • electric torch batteries
  • corkscrew/bottle opener/can opener
  • picnic blanket and large plastic sheet
  • garbage bags
  • carry bag/back-pack for small items
  • phone and address details for family, friends and neighbours
  • special equipment for the specific location, such as swimsuits or cold weather gear
  • snacks for the trip
  • your favourite drink
  • bed-linen, towels, laundry powder if un-serviced accommodation.

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