Have a child with ADHD, anxiety or sensory concerns? Use these tips for smoother summer plans.

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Travel can be stressful for anyone, but for kids with additional concerns with attention or anxiety – things can feel amplified. Here are expert tips.

Travel can be difficult for anyone, especially for little ones – but there are ways to make your summer family vacation less stressful. 

“Switching up our day-to-day routine can be unsettling for many of us, but especially children who thrive in environments that are consistent and predictable. Add on top of that a child who struggles with anxiety, sensory issues, ADHD or other challenges, and traveling can prove to be quite stressful,” explains Melissa Dowd, therapist at PlushCare, a virtual primary care and mental health platform.

In order to help your family vacation go as smooth as possible, to minimize stress and optimize fun, we asked experts to share their tips.

Traveling with kids? Don’t skip sleep, snacks.

Aside from parents keeping calm and organized, make sure the child has slept and is fed prior to travel , advises Dr. Rebecca Jackson, vice president of programs and outcomes for Brain Balance, a learning program for children with developmental and learning disabilities.

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