What To Pack When Traveling With Your Special Needs Child
Traveling with your family should be an enjoyable experience, and it can be. When you have a child with special needs, it may take a little more preparation, though. By properly planning your trip and bringing all the necessary items along, you can eliminate stress should a problem occur. As you pack for your trip, the following things should not be forgotten.
Carry-On: Depending on the age and interests of your child, you will likely pack different things. If your child is prone to accidents, you should bring a full change of clothes. Other things to pack are toys, books, games, and other things that your child enjoys. Also, bring a snack or two.
Familiar Items: Traveling can be stressful and confusing for children. To help comfort your child, bring along his beloved items, such as a favorite stuffed animal, pillow or blanket. Bring things that will help relax your child and not overexcite him.
Headphones: Some children find loud noises rather troublesome. If your child does not like the noises of the plane or crowds, consider bringing noise-canceling headphones that can help to drown out the noises that may bother him. Listening to his favorite music can help your child take his mind off of unsettling situations.
Insurance: Prior to departing, find out if your child is covered as you travel. Also, if your child is covered, get a list of covered facilities in the destination you are visiting just in case you do need to visit a doctor. If your child is not covered while traveling, look into travel insurance that may be of assistance should an emergency arise.
Medications: Pack all of your child’s medications (if he takes any) in your carry-on bags. This is a good idea just in case the checked bags are delayed or get lost. While there are liquid rules published by the TSA, liquid medication (including breast milk, baby formula, and baby food) are generally allowed in higher quantities. They must be declared before going through security, though. You should also bring a doctor’s note about medication, and bring an extra prescription in case you run out or lose the medication.
By packing the essential items, you can have a great trip. Should you need more advice on how to travel with your child with special needs, contact us and we would love to help.
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