Finally, we have often taken a portable picture-schedule with us to keep Evie's anxiety low while on extended weekends or week long vacations. Having the predictability, even when away from home, makes her life so much easier; which then makes our lives so much easier. We just had a foam-tag board arrangement with Velcro for the pictures to go on and off easily. Now, as she's older, we actually have made a tri-fold board that I use with her to play school. When we wake up and play school in the morning, it almost sets a calming tone for her day. She loves to play both student and teacher, and having a "toy" like this from home, I think, keeps her less homesick.
So, it's never just "pack a bag and go" here. I have to be thinking about the trip at least a week in advance to ensure we have all our little ducks in a row. But the planning doesn't frustrate me at all, because I know that the planning is what gives us power over Evie's health, both physical and mental; and that's worth its weight in gold.