Holiday shopping is hectic at the best of times, but if you have limited mobility, it can be even more stressful. Crowded shopping malls make it more difficult to navigate, and it’s easy for distracted fellow shoppers to bump into, trip or otherwise jostle you. If you plan on heading out to the mall this season, reduce some of your frustrations with these tips from Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy:
- Avoid peak hours.
If your schedule allows it, stick to shopping during the weekdays. While the best deals often occur on the weekends, the lines and crowds may not be worth it.
- The main mall elevators are not your only option.
From moms with strollers to fellow mobility device users, mall elevators receive a lot of traffic during the holiday season. Many large department stores have elevators in the back, which can help you avoid the wait times and crowds at the main elevators.
- Plan your meals.
The last thing you want is to be on the opposite end from the food court when hunger sets in. Make sure you’re close to food areas around the time when you normally eat. Better yet, pack your own meal. This can help you avoid lines at a food vendor, and allows you the flexibility of eating somewhere other than the food court.
- Research what you want to purchase ahead of time.
Most people have a general idea of what they want to buy, but having your list written down beforehand can help save you time and energy. Go online and compare prices prior to going to the mall, so you don’t waste hours looking for the best deal.
- If you use a mobility scooter or wheelchair, keep pace with pedestrians.
It can be tempting to speed around the mall in your device and finish your shopping as soon as possible, but this can be dangerous. Malls were designed for foot traffic, so the polite thing to do is to keep pace with the rest of the crowd. Even on quiet days, you never know when someone is going to suddenly step in front of your path.
By following these tips from Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, you can cut back on your holiday shopping stress and even make it enjoyable. If you need an assistive device, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We carry a number of mobility devices in our online catalog.