How to Make a Sensory Travel Kit for Your ChildDecember 4, 2019
This tip of the week was adapted from Understood. Sensory overload can be difficult to manage when you are on the go. This is when a sensory kit can help! Read below to learn three different types of travel kits you can make with your kids.
1. Quick Trip Sensory Travel Kit
When you go to the mall or to a school event, you will only be gone for a short time. You can also leave if you need to. In this case, it may make more sense to have a small sensory regulation kit in your purse, bag or coat pocket—rather than lug a big bag of sensory tools. A roll-up makeup bag can serve this purpose easily. It has sections, so you can keep the sensory tools apart from each other. It’s also compact enough to tuck away.
2. Keep-in-the-Car Sensory Box
If you are like many parents, you spend a lot of time driving kids to and from places. So you may want to keep a larger and better-stocked sensory kit in the car. A tackle box or craft box with sections and a handle is sturdy enough to handle bumps on the road. It’s also easy for you and your child to sort through. The tackle box can include the same items you’d put in the quick-trip travel kit, along with bigger items that wouldn’t fit in a makeup bag.
3. Sensory Backpack for Vacations
Traveling to new locations or visiting family can be exciting. It can also be stressful for kids who seek or avoid sensory stimulation. It can help to keep a sensory backpack within reach in the car or on the plane. This way your child will have sensory tools handy while you’re driving or otherwise occupied. You can also pack things in the backpack that will be useful while you’re away. These might be items your child uses as part of a daily sensory diet.
Please click here to see what items you can include in each of these sensory kits. For more tips on strategies you can try to help your child handle sensory overload, please click here.