As the weather finally starts to warm up the opportunities to have a picnic in the sun are becoming more common. However, if you have mobility difficulties picnics can often seem like an obstacle rather than a source of enjoyment. Fortunately, there are many mobility accessories that can make the experience both easy and enjoyable. Here are just a few of the best.
Any good picnic has sandwiches, sausage rolls and cool refreshing drinks, so to keep everything chilled for when its time to eat the Coolbag Backpack is an ideal choice amongst mobility accessories. The inside of this backpack is lined with insulation designed to keep your picnic nibbles at the optimum temperature for longer. Furthermore, the main pocket is separated by a divider to help separate certain items, this way you’ll avoid a dreaded soggy sandwich.
Not only is the Coolbag a superb way to keep you lunch cool, but it can also be attached to the back of varies mobility aids; whether it’s a powerchair, mobility scooter, or wheelchair. Of course, it can also be used as an ordinary backpack.
Once you’ve picked a spot to enjoy you picnic it’s time to eat. However, if you have difficulty with dexterity and grip eating al fresco can be tricky. But these mobility accessories can help.
HandyCup Cup with 2 Handles
For many, ordinary cups are difficult to use but the HandyCup is designed to make drinking much easier thanks to its well thought out features. The cup is shaped so that it removes the need for the user to tilt their head back as they drink. This helps with those who have trouble swallowing or those who cannot raise their arms above their head. Additionally, the dual handles provide a steadier grip and are also shaped to be easy to hold. The cup is see through so you can easily see if it is empty, and there is a lid with spout.
Dignity Bowl and Plate Combo
The Dignity Bowl and Plate Combo is ideal for springtime picnics. The shape of both these items has been designed to make it easier to use with one hand. The taller, curved edge can be used in place of a knife to scoop food onto a fork, while also preventing food or liquid falling from the plate. For those who have weakness in one side – perhaps due to stroke – this simple alteration of an everyday item can transform picnics from an activity of frustration to the relaxed experience it should be.
Good Grips Cutlery
Ordinary picnic cutlery can be awkward for anyone. The flimsy plastic and smaller size feels unnatural to hold and for those with dexterity issues it’s even worse. Fortunately, the Good Grips Cutlery set of mobility accessories can help. The chunky handles make it much easier to hold with a weak grip and the spoon and fork can be bent at any angle to take the strain off the wrist. The knife blade has also been shaped so cutting requires less force than normal. You’ll be surprised at the bendable handles complementing solid stainless steel implements making it easy for you to handle, especially if you have problems with motor control. They feel nice and flexible to the touch and make for great picnic dining. Whether you are left or right handed, these are the ultimate in adaptable cutlery.
StayPut Non-Slip Fabric Tablemat
The StayPut Non-Slip Fabric Tablemat fulfils two functions on a picnic. The first is that it provides a safe barrier against the elements when using a public picnic bench. Seagull and pigeon excrement can carry disease and the build-up of fungus is unhygienic too. Its unique design means it will not harbour harmful bacteria in grooves or cuts as many other types of placemat will. The second function is that the material provides stability against slips. This is great if the surface on which you place it is a little insecure. Nothing is worse than dropping food or drink on yourself during a picnic. This type of picnic accessory will stop those spillages.
Mobility Scooter Trailer
Staying with mobility scooter accessories, the Travix Lightweight Scooter Trailer takes it up a notch. A small, lightweight yet sturdy lockable trailer, it can carry much more than the multipurpose. We recommend it for those important weekly shopping trips, but it also doubles up as a great storage space for your picnic food, drink and other picnic accessories. Don’t worry about going over uneven ground. The lid closes securely and the wheels are strong enough that the items inside remain stable and won’t bounce around. It has a carrying capacity of almost 25kg, so is perfect for a picnic hamper and lots of goodies! Even the smallest mobility scooters, such as the CareCo AirLite X Travel Mobility Scooter pictured, are more than capable of pulling the trailer.
By incorporating these mobility accessories into your springtime picnics, you needn’t worry about the normal frustrations, instead just sit back and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. See more of our CareCo Travel Mobility Scooters here.