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Holiday packing tips for parents of children with special needs

August 10, 2018

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The summer holidays are here, so it’s almost time for that getaway you’ve been planning for months. Maybe it’s a weekend break to the seaside or even a few weeks away in an exotic country. Either way, taking any young child along with you can always seem like a daunting task. When your child has special needs, it can be even more of a worry. Fear not. With careful planning, you can put your worries at ease and focus on what you wanted all along - a relaxing break where you and your child can bond. To help you out with this, here is a handy guide with everything you need to pack to ensure you and your children have super holiday..

Ensuring your child is comfortable

Adaptive clothing

A five-hour flight is an uncomfortable experience for any person, let alone a young person with specific special needs. Bringing extra pillows and ensuring you have more blankets can be a simple technique to deliver extra comfort to your child. Before travelling, consider what clothes your child will be wearing. Choosing clothes that are adapted specially for children with extra needs can help ease your child's journey. Clothes that are tailored to your child's needs means they can move more flexibly and feel unrestricted, especially when a plane is already restricting them.

Specialist socks and accessories

Changing other aspects of your child's outfit may also help. Shifting your child's everyday socks to ones that are specifically made such as the Ez Sox can make a world of difference. The Ez Sox are high quality, comfortable and fun learning socks made with seamless toe and non-skid grippers. Their patent pull up loop technology makes it so much easier for your child to feel independent by putting on their socks with ease. There’s no longer the annoying feeling that their socks are going to full down. Designs include cute animals and fashionable solid prints to suit a variety of children.

Investing in handy accessories such as the Tray Buddi can add to your travelling ease. With the Tray Buddi `what goes on the tray, stays on the tray.` This handy piece of equipment is designed to attach to most high-chairs, wheelchairs, and booster seats to keep food, cups, and toys on the tray and off the floor. A plane journey can make for a rocky adventure, but with the help of the Tray Buddi, you are left with peace of mind that your children's items are kept safely in front of them.

Also, preparing aeroplane-safe food for your child will also reduce their discomfort and ensure they are fed sufficiently during a flight. No one likes to be hungry on a long (or short) trip. Aeroplane food has the often correct reputation of not being very appetising and not offering a wide variety of choice. If your child has specific needs which the airline doesn’t cater to, bringing your own food will make the journey more enjoyable.

Medical equipment

If you're lucky enough to be going abroad, you will more than likely be flying.Unfortunately certain airlines are notorious for losing their passengers luggage - an awful experience for anyone . Preparing multiple flight bags could help. A person is allowed more than one piece of luggage if necessary for medical reasons. Using this rule to pack all of your medical equipment can save you a world of worries. Replacing medicines abroad is sometimes difficult, especially in places where there is a language barrier or poor access to healthcare. Preparing in advance means you won’t have to worry when you land.

As your child is welcomed by multiple airlines to carry an extra bag, you must utilise this opportunity. Arranging all liquids and gels together, and having them prepared in a separate see-through bag, is a top tip for rapid movement through security. We understand how important quick getaways are for families. We want you to be able to relax and enjoy your time away, so we came up with simple, comfortable clothing for children with special needs so they can make the most of their holiday too. Take a look at our products here for an easy breezy summer holiday.



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