6 Tips for Preparing for Summer Travel with a Child with Autism

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Tips for Preparing for Summer Travel with a Child with Autism

Summer vacation is an exciting time for families, but for those with children on the autism spectrum, it can also be a challenging experience. Traveling with a child with autism requires a lot of planning and preparation to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for the entire family. Here are some tips and tricks for preparing for summer travel with a child with autism.

  1. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is essential when traveling with a child with autism. This includes everything from booking flights and hotels to creating a detailed itinerary of your trip. Make sure to research your destination in advance to determine what sensory experiences your child may encounter, such as loud noises, crowded spaces, or unfamiliar smells. This will help you prepare your child and make any necessary accommodations.

  1. Prepare Your Child

Preparing your child for the trip is essential to ensuring a successful vacation. This may include social stories, visual schedules, and other tools to help them understand what to expect. Be sure to discuss the trip with your child, answer any questions they may have, and allow them to express any concerns or fears they may have.

  1. Pack Sensory Items

Bringing sensory items can help your child feel more comfortable and secure while traveling. This may include noise-canceling headphones, a weighted blanket, fidget toys, or other items that provide sensory input. Make sure to pack these items in a carry-on bag or backpack so they are easily accessible during the flight or car ride.

  1. Consider Accommodations

When booking accommodations, consider the needs of your child with autism. This may include requesting a quiet room, a room away from elevators or other noisy areas, or a room with a bathtub. You may also want to request a refrigerator or microwave to store or prepare your child’s preferred foods.

  1. Be Flexible

Traveling with a child with autism requires flexibility. Be prepared for unexpected changes in plans or routines, and try to be adaptable to your child’s needs. It’s also important to build in downtime during your trip to allow your child to decompress and recharge.

  1. Practice Self-Care

Traveling with a child with autism can be stressful, so it’s important to practice self-care. This may include taking breaks when needed, getting enough rest, and practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.


Traveling with a child with autism requires extra planning and preparation, but with the right tools and mindset, it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the whole family. By planning ahead, preparing your child, bringing sensory items, considering accommodations, being flexible, and practicing self-care, you can help ensure a successful summer vacation.


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Rhonda Stewart

Clinical Director

Rhonda Stewart, BCBA, NYS LBA, earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the Sage Colleges. Rhonda has dedicated her career to working with individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2008. Rhonda has a wide range of experience working with individuals from ages 3 to adulthood in various settings including early intervention, schools, residential programs, group homes, day habilitation programs, center programs, and in-home services. Rhonda began working with families through insurances services in 2014. Rhonda is currently the Clinical Director at Yellow Bus ABA and works closely with the Executive Clinical Director, Estelle Parnes, to ensure services provided to our families are effective, families feel supported, and families have a positive experience with ABA services at Yellow Bus ABA.