For many families preparing for summer vacations, the internet can be a vital tool for conducting research.
Families are able to find accommodations, amusement parks, the very best restaurants and the most exciting summer getaway spots by visiting a search engine.
As my own family prepares for our summer vacation, we are just as delighted as others to escape for a while, and to have a change of scenery.
We anxiously await precious time away together to relax and to make wonderful memories. Planning a trip requires strict attention to detail for us.
With two children with special needs, it is not as simple as throwing some clothes in the car and whisking ourselves away.
Meticulous coordination and arrangement goes into even a simple day trip for us. As we are planning a trip overseas, internet searches are imperative for us to figure out…..
While many parents are searching for “Best places to eat”, we are searching for “Best ways to store pureed meals.”
Instead of looking for “Popular attractions”, we are looking for the answer to “Can I carry CBD oil on an airplane?”
“What items can I take in my carry-on luggage?” is replaced by “Do I need prescriptions for all the seizure and anxiety meds in my bag?”
We’ve appropriately worked out the time difference and the necessary timing of the seizure medication of one child and anxiety meds and CBD oil dosing for the other…..at least we think we have!
In place of “How to occupy children on an airplane”, I am driving myself nuts searching “Weight and length capacity of baby changing stations on airplanes.”
In the two years since we’ve flown, our daughter has grown quite a bit and she was nearly too big for the restroom changing station back then. Sigh….
There is so much to think about when planning to travel as a family. It can become quite overwhelming when your children have special needs.
Luckily, in my frantic searching, I have stumbled across helpful sites designed for parents like us. TSA Cares is a site that offers helpful assistance for disabled passengers. Also, The Center for Children with Special Needs (website not accessible outside US) provides a list of travel resources for families flying with disabled children.
This reinforces the fact that we’re not the only family with these worries and questions. We CAN do this!
The opportunity for them to see the world is such a privilege and we have incredible people in our lives helping to make it a reality.
They deserve to see the world. They deserve to be out in the world, actively participating, exploring and learning.
Yes, it will take extra careful planning for us to take on this adventure, and some extra deep breaths, but the beauty they will see and lifetime of memories we will create will make it all worthwhile.
It is possible, and I’m thankful the internet has given me some peace of mind as our vacation approaches.
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