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How to Pack for a Flight with an Autistic Child


There is a title that reads How to Pack for a Flight with an autistic child.  As a parent of an autistic child, you are probably the type of person who will overpack for a flight. I know I did when we started traveling after my son’s diagnosis.

As a parent of an autistic child, you are probably the type of person who will overpack for a flight. I know I did when we started traveling after my son’s diagnosis. However, I quickly realized I didn’t need two overflowing suitcases, a carry-on bag, a diaper bag, and a personal item for two or three people. So, today, I am sharing how to pack for a flight with an autistic child. Hopefully, you can see that you can pack minimally for your next flight. Trust me when I say it takes away some of the stress during packing!


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How to Pack for a Flight with an Autistic Child


As I mentioned, I used to pack too much for a flight. I could fill a bag with food for a two—or three-hour flight, and my kids wouldn’t touch it. 


Yes, it took me a while to learn that my kids usually eat what is offered to them on the airplane. I will also bring popcorn since that is one of their favorite foods. Of course, my boys don’t always overeat. Plus, the stress from the flight might slow their appetites down a little. So, always do what is best for your child! 


What to Pack in a Carry-On for a Flight with an Autistic Child


Electronics


We all know that autistic kids, well, all kids love their electronics. So, I pack them, with their charging cords and charging packs


Before heading to the airport, I download videos and games that don’t require wi-fi. I make sure the videos and games are my kids' favorites. And I always download more than I think we will need if we are delayed. 


Fidgets


My boys aren’t really into fidgets. However, some kids are, and they can be pretty helpful if your autistic child needs something to calm them down a little bit. 


Card Games


My boys love to play Uno, so I ensure a pack of Uno cards is always in our carry-on bag. I also toss a new Lego mini set for them to build once we reach our destination. 


You can easily pack your autistic child’s favorite travel games. Many popular board games are now available in travel sizes. 


Of course, you won’t want to forget to add noise-canceling headphones, medications, and any other items your autistic child must have for a successful flight. 


What to Pack in Luggage for a Flight with an Autistic Child


Clothing


Packing more clothes than you could need in a suitcase is so easy. I have recently stopped overpacking. Now, I bring the bare minimum for what we need. 


No, my boys haven’t stopped being messy. I have embraced the fact I can pay to have our laundry done if necessary or do it myself at the hotel. 


Other Items 


Depending on your child, you may need to pack their toiletries. These are often required if they only like a specific scent. Other items can include an extra pair of shoes, a stuffed animal, and a favorite pillow or type of blanket. 


When you pack for a flight with an autistic child, you don’t need to pack everything but the kitchen sink. I know it is tempting, but you can live without most of it most of the time. So, pack what you know your autistic child can’t live without and leave the rest at home. There will be less you need to keep track of, and that alone will lower your stress levels. 


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