Traveling with a child that has a medical condition can be stressful, but it can go smoothly if you carefully prepare before leaving for your trip.
My daughter has Type One Diabetes and she wears an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor, so going through the metal detectors at the airport aren’t really an option. I learned the hard way about going to the airport without calling ahead, learn from my mistakes. Call TSA before you travel and they will alert the airport that you are coming and they will be prepared for you. When you get to the airport you can tell them that you have called ahead for TSA agent to meet you. They will then take you around the metal detectors and check your child there. This makes it less stressful on you and your child. I know my daughter gets embarrassed when she sets off the alarms, now she doesn’t have to be embarrassed.
I always pray for the best and prepare for the worst. Since my daughter has an insulin pump, which is an electronical device that can stop working at the most inopportune moments, I always pack extra insulin and syringes in case her pump stops working. I pack extra of EVERYTHING. All of her supplies goes in my carryon bag. NEVER check important medical equipment or medication, keep it with you.
Careful planning can make all the difference in the world. Here is a check list for you to help you plan,
~Pack extra supplies, at least an extra week’s worth
~Call TSA ahead of time 1-866-289-9673 and explain the situation to them. They will alert the airports, an agent from the airport will call you.
~Pack extra supplies and medication in a carryon bag, NEVER check this bag!
~Make sure your child is wearing a Medical Alert bracelet or necklace.
~Talk to your travel agent about any special requests for your room.
Being prepared is the key to a successful vacation! If you have any questions about special medical needs, talk to your agent. We are here to help you.