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Essential Travel Items

  • Packing checklist. A good packing list can come in handy throughout your travels. You can double check your belongings whenever you are ready to repack your bags.
  • Medications. Keep all your child's medications in a carry-on bag. That way, it's handy if you need it during the flight, and it won't get lost. For airport security, keep medications in their original packaging so they can be easily identified, and keep liquids and gels separate from other carry-on items and stored in a clear plastic bag.
  • Up-to-date security info. Check the Transportation Security Administration's web site before the trip. Make sure you have the latest security information, because requirements for carry-on bags and check-in policies change frequently.
  • A note from your doctor. Get a written explanation from your child’s doctor as to why you are carrying epinephrine auto-injectors -- always carry two with you -- such as Auvi-Q or EpiPen. Although it’s not required, a doctor’s note may minimize questions and delays at airport security.
  • Medical ID bracelet. Your child should always wear a medical ID bracelet that explains her condition.
  • Emergency contact information. This should include contact information for your child's doctor and any other emergency phone numbers.
  • Extra food for the trip. Flights get delayed, and kids get hungry. So keep a snack or meal on hand, so you don't have to look for allergy-friendly food in the airport.

During Your Flight

  • Tell your flight attendant. When you get on the plane, tell your flight attendant about your child's allergy. Do this even if you mentioned it when you booked your flight.
  • Keep medications handy. For easy access during flight, keep your child's epinephrine injection and any other medications under the seat in front of you, instead of in the overhead bin.
  • Keep wet wipes handy. Your child can clean her tray table and arm rests during a flight with a travel pack of wipes.