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Considerations for Planning a Trip with Your Child with Special Needs

1. Organize necessary medications, medical supplies, and information. Remember to pack an ample supply of cold, fever, and constipation medications and supplies in clear zip-lock bags in your carry-on for easy access.

2. If your child requires a specialized wheelchair, make sure it prominently displays a "Do Not Disassemble" label. Additionally, inform the check-in counter and the aircraft attendant that the wheelchair should never be collapsed.

3. Adapt your plans and activities to accommodate your child's needs and interests. Allow sufficient time between connections, ideally ninety minutes to two hours, to provide ample rest and rejuvenation throughout the day. Avoiding exhaustion and frustration can help prevent meltdowns during the trip.

4. Communicate your child's unique accommodation needs to airlines, hotels, and other travel providers. Advance communication ensures that their requirements are understood and met, contributing to a smooth and hassle-free trip.

5. Consider booking flights during nighttime hours. If your child is accustomed to sleeping at night, this can make long flights more manageable, as they may be able to sleep for a significant portion of the journey.

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