Many families report that travelling is really difficult with a young person in the throes of an eating disorder but if you do find that it is necessary to travel for family functions or events or have a pre planned vacation, we have some hints and tips to help!
- Plan ahead – just like you would when travelling with toddlers. Perhaps have an esky in the car filled with snacks such as Sustagen drinks, cheese & biscuits etc. and restock each day of your journey.
- Try to keep a routine and don’t overload the trip with activities. Perhaps choose self catering accommodation so that you can prepare the meals and keep regular meal times.
- If driving or traveling for long distances decide ahead as to where you might stop for lunch. This can be somewhere predictable and accessible (e.g. Subway) and try to keep the lunch at the same time each day to ease the anxiety of your young person.
- If eating out at restaurants, look at the menu ahead and pre-choose so there will be no surprises or anxiety. It can be helpful to eat at a restaurant that does not include the calorie count as part of the menu. Ask for two plates and serve a sufficient amount for your young person. It can be very difficult for your young person to choose on their own.
- It is ok to play a family game, such as Uno, at the restaurant table!