Packing Picks

Reprinted from PN March 2017

Whether they assist with accessibility or add convenience, including these items in your luggage will help be a happier traveler

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The best travel products are those items that make the journey as comfortable as possible.  What we pack varies according to where we’re going, the duration of the trip, mode of transportation and anticipated weather. Take the time and make a list of what you need. No matter how often we travel, we always seem to forget something. Picking up a new toothbrush is easy, but some items — like a power wheelchair charger — are difficult to replace.  

Here’s a handy list of products we’ve tested on the road and recommend.


If you’re visiting a new destination, consider buying a CityPASS ticket booklet, which can save up to 50% off the admission price to popular tourist attractions. CityPASS is valid for nine days starting with the first day you use it (14 days in Southern California). The pass frequently allows users to bypass long lines and receive expedited service. 

CityPASS is available for the following destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, the Tampa, Fla., area and Toronto. We’ve used CityPASS for a variety of attractions from the Empire State Building in New York City and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to the Houston Zoo and the Art Institute of Chicago. Before buying a CityPASS, determine how many attractions you can realistically see during your visit and compare costs. Many attractions offer discounts to seniors, people with disabilities and members of the military.  

For more information on what each destination offers, visit

GustBuster Umbrellas  (

Every traveler needs an umbrella, and the American-made GustBuster can withstand winds of up to 55 miles per hour. The product has been wind-tested by the College of Aeronautics. The Classic model with a 48-inch canopy can cover most power wheelchairs.  

The handle is a natural hardwood, and the umbrella can be opened manually or automatically. Lightweight and lightning resistant, it’s a good choice for those who need maximum coverage. The more compact, folding Metro model with a 43-inch diameter can be slung over the shoulder for easier carrying when not in use. 

Compression Legwear  (

Prolonged sitting on a plane can cause blood clots. To reduce leg swelling and aid circulation, wear compression socks. But who says therapeutic legwear should be boring? Vim & Vigr infuses fun colors and patterns (stripes, argyle and polka dots) in its products.  

Fabric options include nylon, moisture-wicking nylon, cotton and wool. Socks are available for men and women in small, medium, large and wide-calf sizes.  

BeasyTrans System 

Whether you’re transferring from a wheelchair to a hotel bed or into a taxi, a transfer board makes maneuvering easier. 

The Beasy board is unlike any board we’ve used before. Made of a sturdy plastic with a sliding disk, this board puts less strain on both the user and the caregiver. The seat glides across the board, and there’s 
no tugging.  

Available in three models, we tested the original BeasyTrans. The 40-inch long board is designed for longer transfers, for example, from a wheelchair to a vehicle. The person sits on the board, and a caregiver assists with the transfer.  

Frequent travelers might want to consider ordering an optional bag or case. To locate a dealer, call 877-992-3279. 

eTools Organizer Pro  (

The number of electronic devices we use when traveling seems to increase with every trip. We have cords for cell phones, portable battery chargers, e-readers, tablets and more. The eTools Organizer Pro is a zippered, waterproof, compact case with a variety of compartments that protect and organize these essential items. 

Cost is $25.16 for the larger size and $13.95 for the smaller version. 


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