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learn about accommodationsThe holiday season is truly a magical time here in western North Carolina. The last of the fall colors will cling to trees in the valleys through November, often even until Thanksgiving. Early morning fog forms on the creeks and rivers and dances along the ridges. Decorations and lights transform our neighborhoods and remind all of the holiday spirits.

As early as October, the higher elevation will begin seeing the first flakes of snow. Our area has a better chance of seeing a White Christmas than most places in the state. There is no doubt this is one of the best places to be during the holidays; however, you may find yourself traveling to meet friends and family this year. 

If you have a prosthetic device, travel can be challenging. We want to help you make sure you are equipped to travel well this holiday season. Here are some tips for getting around with your artificial limb. 

Four Tips for Traveling With Your Prosthetic Device

1) Learn everything you can about your lodging situation.

Establishing your routine is important for your mobility. Being in a different place can make recreating your routine challenging. 

Before you pack for your trip, find out as much as you can about your accommodations. Knowing what will be available to you and what you will require will be really useful. If you're able, tell your host about your special requirements.

2) Make your packing list based on what you'll need.

You are the expert when it comes to using and caring for your prosthetic device. You already know what you'll need each day, so pack accordingly. 

It's wise to bring only the essentials in your carry-on luggage. 

3) Prepare yourself for a new airport experience.

If you are new to flying with your artificial limb, here are some quick tips for navigating air travel:

It is always a good idea to avoid flying on the busiest travel days or if there is a threat of adverse weather here in Asheville or at your destination.

4) Seek advice from your doctors and rehabilitation team.

Your recovery is a continuous process. You could just be getting started with an artificial limb. Your doctors and rehabilitation staff are available to help you get the most out of your mobility. Ask them any questions you have about traveling with your prosthetic. 

For almost sixty years, Orthopedic Appliance Company has been creating the highest-quality custom orthopedic and prosthetic devices in the Asheville area. We'd be glad to answer any concerns you have regarding traveling with your prosthetic limb. 

Contact us for more information about quality artificial limbs in western North Carolina.