The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when you get to relax and celebrate with your loved ones. However, when you have to travel for the holidays, it can add complications and stress to your trip. Things can be even more difficult if you have a child with special needs, due to increased planning and, sometimes, traveling with lots of specialized equipment.
However, traveling with children with special needs is possible, and these children deserve to travel and enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else. That’s why we’ve written this article to help you prepare for your holiday travel by detailing some tips for families of children with special needs.
General Special Needs Travel Tips for the Holidays
A lot of your travel planning will depend on what type of transportation you’ll be taking—whether it’s a car, a plane, or another option. Each mode of transportation will have its own specific requirements and obstacles, but first, let’s focus on general travel tips that will apply no matter where you’re going or how you get there.
Tips for Traveling By Car
While traveling by car often takes longer, it can be the best option when traveling with a child with special needs. One of the main benefits of driving is that you are in control of your situation and you don’t have to worry about other people like you would on a plane. Here are some tips for holiday road trips with a special needs child:
Tips for Traveling By Plane
Depending on where you are traveling to, taking a flight may be the only way to get there or perhaps it is the most feasible option. While flying is normally the fastest way to travel, it presents its own unique obstacles when traveling with a child with special needs. Here are some tips to make your trip go smoothly:
Traveling for the holidays can be a giant undertaking on its own, but doing so with a child with special needs may seem nearly impossible. However, if you keep the tips in this article in mind, you’ll be able to travel to meet your family and friends, while also making sure your child remains as comfortable as possible the entire time.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene.
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of children with special needs, consider applying to join our team as a Care Coach or even as the Executive Director. You can learn more about our Care Coach positions by visiting this link or applying directly online. For those interested in our Executive Director position, you can find more information about the position and application process here.
You can also find out how you can help us fulfill our mission and maintain a low enrollee-to-caretaker ratio by donating to our cause, exploring our events and campaigns, or contacting us to join as a community partner today!