Welcome to part 2 of this blog series. If you missed part one you can catch up here
As I said in the first part of this series, I am a passionate traveller and it is really important to me that my son gets the opportunities to travel that he would have if he wasn’t disabled. We travel a lot so I am hoping these tips will encourage other families like mine to take the plunge and book a holiday! So here are my next 6 tips for flying with a disabled child…
1. Foods / Liquid Feeds
The same rules apply for taking pureed foods and liquid feeds on board however, if your liquid feeds are not individually labelled then you will need to carry a letter from your GP, Dietitian or Paediatrician stating the reason you are carrying these with you in your hand luggage.
William only eats pureed foods so we carry these with us as most airlines can’t guarantee to provide something suitable for him. We have had several times where we have been asked to open these at security to taste them, so we have now started carrying some spare plastic pots with us as well as empty sandwich bags so we can reseal them if we are asked to open them rather than waste a whole yogurt or meal.
We were advised in the past that we needed a letter from our GP stating why we were carrying such foods/fluids, but no one ever asked to see it so we no longer bother. That’s not to say we wouldn’t be asked in the future though.
If you are taking lots of liquid feeds with you to last a whole week (or longer) your airline will usually allow you to take an extra piece of luggage free of charge for this, and for continence pads etc, so do ask them if this is possible to ensure it is on your booking information. Some feed suppliers will deliver your liquid feeds to your hotel when you are on holiday to save you from taking it as