Traveling with kids can be challenging at best. But, if your child has special needs, you will want to be particularly well-prepared before you take a trip. Your travel trailer will make your trip easier before you begin since your child will be living and sleeping in familiar surroundings no matter where you may be parked.
Make arrangements ahead
Thorough preparation will also eliminate much of the stress of traveling. Depending on your child’s disability, you may want to include her in the groundwork. Make a checklist of things you are looking for in a campground, and let her check them off for each site. Discuss which one(s) are most suitable for your family. Pull out the road maps and engage your child in finding your destination, and a good route. The ownership in the trip this gives your child is priceless.
On the road
A good list is the beginning of a good road trip. For a child with physical disabilities, you will want to note in advance handicap accessible rest areas along your travel route. Be realistic about how much time you will need at each stop, and plan your driving day around it.
Keep a separate list for the extra things your special needs child requires, and have them in an easy to reach place. This includes any assistive devices, and medications. Add some favorite toys and books where appropriate. There are many Internet sites with travel game suggestions to help keep everyone entertained. Whatever else you do, have fun as you build some great family memories.