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  • Riley Jay Sironen

My “Autistic & Anxious: Traveling Alone” Checklist

This year I flew on a plane on my own for the first time. I have ridden a plane numerous times before, but this was the first time I had to navigate the entire process alone. Here is what I did to make the process less intimating:

  • Having someone who makes you feel safe to drop you off instead of using a driving service

  • Arriving way too early in case of unpredictable circumstances (thankfully, there were none, and I got to grab my favorite coffee before my flight!)

  • Wearing my Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard so airport workers know I may need assistance and may be overwhelmed

  • A wallet for my lanyard, so all important things are accessible (of course, themed around my special interest!)

  • My current favorite Pokémon cards to help regulate overstimulation

  • A carry-on bag, so I don’t have to worry about checking anything

  • A backpack filled with my favorite things - comfort snacks, a kindle with books and movies, noise-cancelling headphones, a Nintendo Switch, and other comfort items

  • Before the day of my travels, making sure my phone's home screen was set up to easily find apps that I needed for traveling today

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