Last week we posted five tips for traveling with ADHD. Here are five more, plus an addition to #5…Thanks to those who sent in their hints!! And we’ll take more. Add them in the comments, reply to the email, or post on our Facebook page.
And – before we get too far down the road, please allow us a moment to express our thanks to God for His many blessings. We count you – our readers and our friends – among those blessings.
Even if you’re not in the United States, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! And may we all remember to make every day Thanksgiving day.
Brock and Kayla
5. Finders Keepers, part 2. Traveling (or just going to school, color guard or whatever) teach your kids to do a head to toe assessment so that they won’t forget anything. This works most of the time, if they remember to take the backpack that has everything packed in it…
6. Packing list. Make a list and check it twice. Kayla’s list is so compulsively organized that she’s ashamed of it – and so old it has ‘Gameboy’ and ‘film’ on it. Let’s just say Kayla has helped me pack many times…There’s a great list to get you started at About.com . Perusing, a couple of things stood out: medicine, lip balm, zip lock bags and Sharpies, and sanitary products – whether you are expecting a ‘visit’ or not.
If you forget something – don’t panic. Pharmacies can usually transfer prescriptions, the hotel will give you a toothbrush, and if all else fails – there are WalMarts EVERYWHERE.
7. Eat right. It’s so tempting to stop at the fast food places, but your kids need better fare than that. Pack a lunch and snacks or simply stop at a supermarket and grab a meal. A loaf of bread, peanut butter, squeeze jelly, apples, a bag of carrots, a bag of pretzels and a 6 pack of juice is easy to grab and go. Tuna now comes in individual servings, too. Don’t forget plasticware, wipes/paper towels, and plates or bowls. And you’ll save money, too!
8. What are you afraid of? Open a dialog about what your child may be worried about. Wetting the bed? Getting lost? Aunt Gert’s bad breath? Cousin Essie’s tomcat? Not knowing what to say? Tell them about the times you were afraid traveling – or how you had a crisis and survived to tell the tale. Assure them that you’ll be there for anxious times – and maybe arrange a way for your child to silently signal “I’m uncomfortable. Help!”
9. Look up! As you travel, point out the things that your kids might miss while they aren’t paying attention. Joe seriously missed noticing the Saint Louis arch one day. Offer a reward for the ‘first one to notice…” a streetcar, a Biscuitville, a South of the Border sign, Bruco the caterpillar. And if you’re in a city, remind your kids – and yourself – to look up! You’ll see beautiful and interesting things on rooftops, signs, ceilings, and even in the sky.
10. We Need This Every Hour. If you have a long drive or flight, pack a small bag full of surprises that will be doled out at intervals. Ideas for this: A new dollar toy, a CD, a special snack, a photo album, a camera, a puzzle book, playdough, an easy craft, travel games, markers and books, string for cat’s cradle…