On my last trip to Europe in March of this year, I broke my leg mid-way through the end of the trip. What did I do? Honestly, I tried to ignore the fact that my foot was broken for at least five days. That being said, I learned that traveling with a cast could change your itinerary plans drastically.
If you’re doctor says you can travel, then canceling your trip would be a stupid things to do. Instead of canceling, here are a few tips to take into consideration when traveling with a cast:
1. Arrive to the airport at least three hours ahead of your departure time.
With this is mind you’ll have plenty of time to go through all the airport process. Traveling in a hurry, plus with a cast, sounds like a terrible idea! Do yourself a favor a plan ahead to arrive with plenty of time to spare!
2. Request a wheelchair at check-in.
You never know how far your designed departure gate is located. On my way back from Europe, my departure gate was the farthest gate in the airport. It was very painful for me to walk this huge and crowded airport with a carry-on and a backpack. I absolutely regret not requesting a wheelchair at the check-in counter! It is free so take advantage of this service if you absolutely need to. PS- Don’t forget to tip!
3. If your cast can be removed, be ready to take it off for security screening.
It was a surprise for me when the security officer asked me to remove my boot cast for inspection! I said that I needed to sit down to carefully remove my cast. The security guard then will put your boot/cast on the x-ray machine while you wait in the nearby sitting area with your broken foot exposed haha Security purposes, I understand.
4. If you’re traveling in economy, request to sit in the first row of the main cabin section of the plane.
On my way back from Europe, I was sited in the first row of the main cabin section of the plane. I was very comfortable regarding the fact that I had a cast on my left leg. The first row always has more space for your legs. But, on the plane ride from the US to Europe I had to sit further down the main cabin. I can even begin to describe how uncomfortable I felt during this plane ride. First of, there’s limited space for your legs so I couldn’t find a comfortable position for the boot. Also, It is very hard to accommodate the boot with this limited space. This was by far the most uncomfortable plane ride I’ve been in years!
5. Buy compression socks!
A must when traveling! Your leg’s blood circulation is compromised due to the plane’s pressure. That being said, with a boot/cast is 100 times worst. Its painless, but a very uncomfortable experience.
6. Do not stay at a hostel.
Hostels are fun to stay at because you meet a lot of people and other fellow travelers that are also adventuring the world just like you. For me, it’s part of the whole experience! Though, a cast can complicate things making your hostel stay very uncomfortable. I always like to wander all-day long when visiting a new city. Naturally, I leave my belongings at the hostel and explore all-day long until it’s literally time to brush my teeth and go to bed.
With a cast, time to rest is a must. For this reason, staying at a hostel can get very uncomfortable. In my case, I needed more space to get ready in the mornings, more bathroom/shower space and time. Most hostels have communal bathrooms and showers, which can make it very difficult for you to get ready when your ability to walk is compromised by a cast. On my second night, I decided to book a hotel room for the rest of my stay in Barcelona.
7. Take breaks in between activities to rest your foot.
Even if you can walk with the cast, walking excessively can be very painful. (At least for me it was.) I recommend taking a long lunch break to rest the foot and be ready for your afternoon activities. Also, I recommend to not party at night. Take it easy! Besides, the faster your bone heals the faster you can resume your travel adventures haha
8. Do not book activities that involve hiking or walking for a long distance.
This was a huge mistake I did when in Europe! Leading to a very painful night plus lack of sleep and exhaustion on the next day.
Here’s a list of tour activities I recommend booking when traveling with a cast: Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, Segway tours and e-bike tours!
Hope these tips are helpful!
Until next trip,
About The Author
Mariella Molestina Noboa
The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.
My name is Mariella and I created this blog as a source of inspiration for others to believe they can live the life they always pictured. The secret? Believe you can and take action. The world awaits!