So, you might ask yourself, how does a child on the spectrum deal with a 4 day, 1850 mile road trip…better than I thought, but still rougher than I’d like. Any child would have a hard time sitting in the car for that long of a time but adding a special diet and special needs to the combination and you have one mom who really wanted to make the last leg of our trip strapped to the roof of the car.
Packing…this was the most important part of the trip, I knew that I needed to plan for everything and anything. Jaxon is a pretty responsible child despite being on the spectrum, I can give him instructions and he will almost always follow them to a T. I made a small list of the most important things for Jaxon to have at his disposal in the car…
2. Ginger (his stuffed gingerbread man)
3. Blanket (we always bring the weighted blanket when traveling far)
4. Drinks (mostly water, but 1 or 2 organic lemonade juice pouches)
7. Nintendo DS and games
10. Books from school (he brought home a ziplock of books to read)
11. Coloring books and crayons
12. Medicine and supplements (this was for me to have on hand to be able to give him)
Ok, now if this is the short list, I would hate to see what my long list would look like. Just remember, Jaxon was on a gluten free diet so his snacks had to include enoug nutrition to cover large amounts of time when we were unable to stop for a decent meal.
I am pleased to report that we made it home and back without any major melt downs or issues. The last day of our trip to Colorado was one day too long but he pushed through, luckily we only had to drive 5 hours that day. On our way back to Florida from home (Colorado) we traveled 1800 miles in TWO days instead of FOUR and that was very hard, but he was so happy to be home the second night and not have to get in the car the next day (so was I). I actually thought Jaxon would nap in the car from time to time during the trip but he never did.