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A podcast about traveling the special needs road and discovering the hidden gems and unique finds of a place you didn't think you would be. We share how families are doing amazing things as a result of a diagnosis, and give you a glimpse into the realities of raising children with differing needs.

May 31, 2021

Does the thought of traveling with your children and family members with disabilities and complex medical needs intimidate you and make you shy away from leaving the house? This is the episode for you! Join our friend of the show and fellow complex medical needs mom Kristy Kargel, as we chat about how to navigate airports, long trips, and making it from point A to point B without excessive stress. 

We talk about:

  • Finding accessible changing facilities
  • Bringing medically necessary items as carry-on items
  • Calling the airline two weeks prior to discuss specific travel needs
  • Renting a modified van
  • Writing into a waiver plan to justify funds to be utilized to cover travel needs
  • Shipping supplies ahead of time from a durable medical equipment provider
  • Pre-ordering groceries and having them delivered to your destination
  • Renting a shower care
  • Packing day by day for items necessary for each day
  • Providing packets and information for fellow passengers
  • Boarding the plane
  • FAA approved seat harness available to keep passengers upright
  • Noise-canceling headphones (for kids & adults)
  • Video and photo social stories
  • Bathroom locator apps for accessible restrooms
  • The courage to give it a go
  • Bed tents
  • Free passes to national and state parks
  • Beach wheelchairs
  • Drive through zoos and safaris
  • Accessible parking passes
  • Easing into traveling and prepping the whole family
  • Lowering expectations


TSA Cares




Accessible Travel in Florida 


FAA Approved Harness

Autism on the Seas (For autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities) 

Best Bathroom Locator Apps

Best Autism Bed Tents

Wheelchair Friendly Lodging in National Parks 


FREE Lifetime Pass for National Parks 

Facebook page for travel tips 


Great travel tips for wheelchair users