Do you have a trip coming up? We’ve gathered some top tips for packing your bags if you are blind or have low vision.
Carina Duke, Blind & Low Vision NZ Orientation and Mobility Practice Advisor, and Miriam Stettner, Rehabilitation Instructor, give their top five tips:
- Choose a bag you can recognise or mark it to identify it amongst others. Bright large stickers, distinctive labels or tactile elements could help you identify your belongings at baggage claim.
- Avoid bags with highly patterned linings.
- Organise items by type and place into separate zip lock bags.
- If carrying similar sized bottles, such as shampoo and conditioner, label them before you leave home. Carrying elastic bands with you could help you identify items at your accommodation.
- Carry a spare white cane in your stored luggage
We asked for your tips on our Facebook page. Here’s a selection:
- Use cloth bags to divide things up – you get pro at finding what you need quickly that way I reckon. – Aine Kelly-Costello.
- Choose a suitcase that will keep your items secure rather than running around loose inside, then decide where each group of items go and ALWAYS pack them in the same place – Barbara Murphy.
- I pick out each outfit that I will wear on vacation then take a large sized zip lock bag and place each outfit in its own bag. I then release any excess air. Not only does this make getting ready easier, it also saves a lot of space. – Scarlet Nishimoto.
- Have a small bag for your phone, passport, credit card, air points card, headphones, and charge cable. Makes it way easier on the plane. – Shannon Cleave.
- I got small, medium and large laundry bags in different colours and also travel pods. I divide clothes either into types and put the whole outfit in the bag for the day. – Rachael Maxwell.