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Airline Travel with Two Children - One  with Special Needs

S. Connell "pony girl"
The list author says: "Hi! I have two kids and a blog, www.tottoteen.net My older daughter is in a wheelchair. The younger is typical. I write about our adventures. These are items I packed for a recent flight. I know that all kids are different - I've tried to explain clearly why I recommend an item. Hope it helps!"
Melissa & Doug Trunki - Terrance (Blue)
Melissa & Doug Trunki - Terrance (Blue)
"If a stroller isn't an option this does double duty as a carry on and to pull a child through large airports! Also a fun ride on toy when you get to your destination. Our grandparents don't have many toys so its nice to be able to bring something like this with us."
The Noisy Airplane Ride
The Noisy Airplane Ride
"This is a great book for kids with sensory issues. While my younger child is considered "typical" she has a host of sensory issues. This explains in simple terms the things that will happen and the noises that accompany them. Great SOCIAL STORY for children on the autism spectrum."
Going on a Plane (First Experiences)
Going on a Plane (First Experiences)
"Cute "First Experiences" story. Suitable for kids with an intellectual age of 2-5."
Planes Board Book
Planes Board Book
"This is a gorgeous book. The board book is very durable. Byron Barton has several good travel books - the clear brightly colored pictures are wonderful for children with limited vision like my older daughter."
Nintendo DS Lite Car Adapter
Nintendo DS Lite Car Adapter
"A must have for long car rides when you get to your destination! Nothing worse than a toy with rechargeable batteries and no way to recharge them."
Scosche reVIVE II Dual USB Car Charger for iPad
Scosche reVIVE II Dual USB Car Charger for iPad
"Another must have for long car rides when you get to your destination! We use this for Amanda's IPad (which she uses for Assistive Communication) as well as our IPhones. Nice that it has 2 USB ports!"
Smart Girl's: Party Game - Nintendo DS
Smart Girl's: Party Game - Nintendo DS
"These have cute graphics. My younger daughter has the fine motor skills to use a Nintendo DS. Nice to find an educational game under $20 for young children for the Nintendo."
Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids - Gray
Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids - Gray
"We found these work well with the Nintendo DS or Amanda's IPad. They cover external noise without being too loud for little ears."
Munchkin Mighty Grip Flip Straw Cups 2-Pack, 10- Ounce (Colors Vary)
Munchkin Mighty Grip Flip Straw Cups 2-Pack, 10- Ounce (Colors Vary)
"I like these because they are no spill, but don't look as babyish as traditional sippy cups. Nice for an older child with special needs if they can drink through a straw."
Olivia Carnival Playset
Olivia Carnival Playset
"There are several of these small scale Olivia playsets available. They are nice because they fit easily into a carry on and are a good size to play with on the tray table."
Crayola Color Wonder Travel Tote (colors & styles may vary)
Crayola Color Wonder Travel Tote (colors & styles may vary)
"Everyone knows about these by now - they really don't color on anything but the paper included making them safe to play with not just on the plane, but at Grandma's as well."
Beach Sticker Activity Book (Dover Little Activity Books Stickers)
Beach Sticker Activity Book (Dover Little Activity Books Stickers)
"Lots of these little sticker books in the $1.50 price range. Easy to tuck into a pocketbook or backpack. Also nice to bring your total up to $25 so you can get Free Super Saver Shipping."
OtterBox Defender Series for Original iPad (Black)
OtterBox Defender Series for Original iPad (Black)
"My older daughter LOVES her IPad. She plays games on it, watches movies and is learning to use it to communicate. What she is NOT learning is not to drop it on the floor. This cover is worth every penny to protect an expensive piece of equipment!"
Tangle Relax Therapy
Tangle Relax Therapy
"We bought this "fidget" toy for my older daughter in an attempt to prevent her from chewing her shirt. It didn't work, but the rest of us have fun playing with it. It's tiny enough to take anywhere. Fits in a backpack or purse easily."
Airport
Airport
"Another great Byron Barton book!"
3M Peltor 90554 Kid's Earmuff, Blue
3M Peltor 90554 Kid's Earmuff, Blue
"We couldn't have gotten the younger child through Disney World without these! So many people asked where we got them. They come in a variety of colors including hot pink and camo. Great for any child for fireworks, concerts, etc."
EZ-ACCESS ories Wheelchair Back Carryon, 2.25 Pounds
EZ-ACCESS ories Wheelchair Back Carryon, 2.25 Pounds
"If the little one gets a new carry on I thought the older one should, too. We always seem to be juggling. This gives us the functionality of a backpack in a more compact shape and size. We aren't constantly bumping our knees into it when we push her. Easy to carry on board - external pockets(good for a drink) are super."
Johnson & Johnson Products Mini First Aid Kit (Pack of 12 Pieces)
Johnson & Johnson Products Mini First Aid Kit (Pack of 12 Pieces)
"Its just a few wipes and bandaids, but its everything you need for a minor cut or scrape all in one place. Well worth the $1.50 to have something you can tuck into your carry on and grab quickly if there is a boo-boo."
My Plane Trip (Dover Coloring Books)
My Plane Trip (Dover Coloring Books)
"Nice quality coloring book with a short story suitable as a SOCIAL STORY. I know there are a lot of books on this List, but this item is eligible for the 4-for-3 promotion."
Crayola 10 Count Erasable Colored Pencils
Crayola 10 Count Erasable Colored Pencils
"I chose these over markers because they are eraseable. I like them better than crayons because they won't melt if you leave them in a hot car. However, they have sharp points and may not be suitable for all children."
Crayola Eraseable Markers 6 Assorted Colors (2 Pack)
Crayola Eraseable Markers 6 Assorted Colors (2 Pack)
"These are more expensive than colored pencils but don't pose the same sharp object risk."