Travel and Aphasia

Packed Suitecase, Hat, and Umbrella

A few weeks ago Eileen Erickson shared with us a great story – “He’s a Traveling Man” – about a first-time travel experience after her husband, Paul’s, stroke. Eileen’s post is full of various tips on traveling for the first time after a stroke. I strongly recommend this article to anybody who hasn’t read it yet.

What follows below is a digest of Eileen’s post and its comments, in a bulleted list of travel tips.

If you’d like to print the checklist, I recommend you download and print the PDF document: Travel and Aphasia Checklist.

If you have any tips that you don’t see on this list, please add them in the comments section at the bottom of the post. I will periodically update the post and the PDF checklist based on the comments from the users.

Planning Your Trip

  • discuss your travel plans with your doctors
  • travel with people who understand the needs of a person with aphasia
  • stay at a small place (for example, a small Bed & Breakfast where you may be the only guests)
  • make sure the location and accommodations meets personal accessibility requirements/needs
  • prepare a Medical Folder that contains the following:
    • written prescriptions for all medications
    • Health Care papers and medical/personal emergency information
    • a printout of driving directions for the nearest hospital (with a stroke center)
  • make sure that everybody in your travel party knows where the Medical Folder is packed
  • purchase earplugs
  • request a wheelchair service or the terminal golf-cart for the airport
  • work with your speech therapist on travel-related assignments
  • create a name tag. (For example, the front says: “My name is [NAME]. I have aphasia.” The back says: “I have trouble talking. I understand what you say and write, but it’s hard for me to respond. Please be patient.” Customize the text to reflect the communication difficulties of a person with aphasia.)

A couple of days before the trip

  • talk-through and plan for the Airport Maze

Day of Travel / At the Airport

  • pack all medications
  • don’t wear a belt and/or heavy jewelry (less hassle at the security gate)
  • wear shoes that are easy to take-off/put-on (less hassle at the security gate)
  • allow plenty of time for the trip to the airport and the check-in
  • take the ID from the wallet/purse and place it in a pocket
  • use the earplugs if needed
  • assess important places: check-in counters, elevators, bathrooms, signs
  • use wheelchair or terminal golf-cart
  • take your time at the security gate; let other passengers know and let them go in-front of you while you are setting your belongings in plastic bins
  • identify the nearest chair after the security gate; while repacking from plastic bins, person with aphasia can wait at the chair

Enjoy your trip! And, let us know if you have any other travel tips…

Share this post via email, Facebook, Twitter by clicking on the icons below:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email


  1. Dogledding  on December 12th, 2016 @ 10:51 am
  2. Commercial Kitchen Repair  on December 25th, 2016 @ 5:54 pm
  3. Pergola  on December 27th, 2016 @ 8:33 am