Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Wheelchair Essentials


Today is International Wheelchair Day and I thought I'd share some essentials for when you're out and about in your wheelchair.

I use my manual chair (soon to be powerchair as I'm ordering it today, yay) every time I go out and didn't realise just how cold it can get sitting in a chair on days out. However, I've come up with some items that I simply can't leave home without if I'm planning on spending the day outside in my wheelchair.
  • Coat
    It's pretty obvious but a thick, padded, warm coat is absolutely crucial. I have a Parka with a hood that I usually wear up.
  • Hat
    I have quite a few beanie hats, and the one pictured above has a thermal lining.
  • Scarf
    You have to keep your neck warm, obvs.
  • Gloves
    I have various gloves and I particularly like leather if it's raining as they don't get soaked. Thin thermal gloves underneath leather is also a must.
  • Socks
    Thick, fluffy, preferably thermal socks - my feet get so icy cold.
  • Blanket
    I thought I'd look like a little old woman with a blanket but it's seriously worth it to keep the chill away. I also plan on investing in a wheelchair cosy, which is pretty much a sleeping bag for your wheelchair with a fleece lining - it'll be perfect for winter.
  • Heat pads/hot water bottle
    I swear by Cura-Heat, they stick over clothing and stay hot for eight hours
  • *Buffs
    This multi-functional headwear is lightweight and breathable. It can be worn in a variety of ways, cap, mask, scarf, neckerchief, to name a few. I like wearing it as another scarf underneath my conventional scarf, and if I get too cold, will pull it up over my mouth to keep my face warm.
  • Thermals/tights/leggings
    Wearing double layers is highly recommended.

Do you have any wheelchair essentials that I have missed off my list?

* Disclaimer: I was sent the * item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I received no payment for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

8 comments:

  1. Such a helpful post & I'm so excited for your power chair! I'll definitely be referring back to this in the future. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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  2. Your scarf and gloves are so cute! And who cares if you look like an old woman with a blanket? If it keeps you warm... I have no idea what buffs is though...

    Be | lovefrombe

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    1. Thanks. Buffs is another way of keeping warm x

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  3. I can highly recommend the cosy toes for the chair. I got mine for Christmas and it's SO comfy!

    I can't wear a coat because my shoulders are bad, so I have lots of shawls and ponchos and a wheelchair raincoat instead. Oh I really look like an old lady. But a warm and dry old lady ;)

    After getting my powerchair, I also invested in a double cup holder (it's like a little fold out tray) and a pannier bag. The bag let's me get to my stuff without needing to ask which is a big bonus.

    Yay for your chair!
    (From - ExpectZebras on twitter xx)

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  4. Oh I love the sound of the cura-heat pads! I get really bad period pain and end up hunched over my desk at work clinging onto a hot water bottle but these sound like they will be much better and more discreet!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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