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Traveling Checklist For Travel and Executive Function

by Terri Shermett, Program Director, CLE Davie

At College Living Experience in Fort Lauderdale, we have many students that travel to visit family during their school breaks, or to go on vacations with their loved ones. The instructors of our Independent Living Skills department created a checklist alongside their students to help them prepare.

Traveling luggage

The next time you go traveling, use the following checklist and see how much easier it can make your preparations.

1. Create a Packing List

The list includes articles of clothing, shoes, toiletries, and necessary documents (tickets, insurance card, money).

2. Pets

Plan far ahead for pet boarding, particularly for travel during holidays since many boarding facilities can reach their capacity during their high peak travel season.

3. School

Bring homework to complete during down time, especially if you are traveling by airplane or train.

4. Luggage

Ensure luggage is sufficient for needs of upcoming trip. Is the suitcase large enough or is it too big for a weekend trip?

5. Money

Decide how much spending money you need for your trip and make sure that you have plenty on hand just in case of an emergency.

6. Electronics

Living in the age of technology, many use electronics on a daily basis. It’s imperative that you bring the necessary chargers that are needed to operate your devices.

7. Bills

Check due dates for bills; pay early if payment is due before you get back from your trip.

8. Prescriptions

Ensure you will have enough medication while you are away. No one wants to run out of medication while they are away from their local pharmacist or doctor’s office.

9. Transportation

Provide travel information to whomever is either taking you to your travel destination or picking you up! Now with Uber and Lyft in many states throughout the U.S., many students prefer to arrange transportation using their apps!

10. Trash

Make sure that you empty trash before you leave. No one wants to come home with their home smelling of rotten eggs or spoiled milk.

11. Documents

Organize paperwork (tickets, passports, maps, permits, medical info). Make sure you keep them in one secure, safe place.

12. Reservations

Reconfirm reservations (plane, hotel, airport transportation).

13. Weather

Check the forecast for your destination; adjust packing list accordingly.

14. Begin packing

Organize what you can ahead of time.

15. Refrigerator

Clean out perishables at least one or two days before you leave for your trip.

Going away can be quite stressful for some, especially if they have executive functioning issues. Using these tips can help ease some of the pressure of organizing oneself in preparing for a trip. Make sure that you are mindful while getting yourself organized and give yourself plenty of time. It is recommended to start working on your travel checklist at least 3-5 days before you are scheduled to leave for your trip. Bon Voyage!

Newsletter Articles – May 2016

CLE trip to Japan

Last summer, I had the privilege of taking part in CLE’s annual trip abroad. Although I learned much about Japan and its culture, this trip helped to solidify many good lessons for me in my everyday life. Traveling with a group of students with disabilities can have its unique challenges; however, with every challenge I had the opportunity to grow and learn about myself as well as the people who traveled with me. Below are what I considered to be the 5 most important lessons that I learned as a result from the trip. Although these lessons apply directly to traveling overseas with groups of students, they also apply in their own ways to “real life” back home.

Moving tools

Moving or making a transition to a new environment is always going to involve a little sweat, but the more work you do up front, the less you have to worry about the day of the move. To minimize the anxiety and stress associated with moving, one of the most important things you can do is to be organized and start the moving/planning process right away!
So you’re going to move? What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Traveling with CLE Students

At CLE-Rockville, many of our students are very well traveled, in the U.S. and internationally. (A recent outing to a restaurant featured a table of students all swapping stories of different trips to London … they hadn’t known they all had it in common!) For this month’s travel issue, we interviewed a few students about their favorite trip, and asked for their advice to others setting out on travels.

Travels to Japan

Riley Smith is a student at the Costa Mesa center who traveled with CLE to Japan in summer of 2015. He was interviewed about his experience.

This year, CLE students will be traveling across the pond to Great Britain. From July 23rd to August 2nd, students will be exploring England, Edinburgh, Wales and the beautiful landscapes in between.

While students immerse themselves in a new culture and explore a new environment they will have the opportunity to continue to practice their skills sets from budgeting, navigating, developing friendships, and time management.

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