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10 Tips to Help Kids With Sensory Processing Issues Avoid Travel Meltdowns (Understood)


Traveling with kids can be tough no matter what. But sensory processing issues can add some unique challenges. These troubleshooting tips can help you anticipate your child’s needs and avoid vacation meltdowns.

1 of 10 Bring a "sensory travel kit."
If your child has visual sensitivities or is sensitive to sounds, textures, or smells, you might have already found tools that help. Fill a small backpack with the items such as sunglasses, earplugs, and fidgets . Keep it within reach in the car or on the plane, so your child can grab things even if your focus is elsewhere. Your child may also benefit from the “ heavy work ” of carrying a backpack.

2 of 10 Pack familiar toiletries.

While it’s nice that hotels and family provide shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and even towels, your child may be overwhelmed by the new textures, smells, or tastes. Pack the toiletries you use at home and towels you know your child will use. It’s a simple way to make your child feel more at home.

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