Traveling with your little ones can be a fun and rewarding experience for the entire family, but packing is sometimes frustrating. Naturally, you already know everything about what your children need, but traveling, especially overseas, is a little different.
The most important thing to consider is that what you pack depends on your children’s ages. For example, babies need wipes, nappies, drink bottles (one for water, one for milk), cuddly toys, blankies, and other essentials. On the other hand, Toddlers need fewer body care essentials and more toys, books, and games to keep them entertained. And don’t forget the healthy snacks.
Try to pack light and limit your number of bags. Too many bags could make you an easy target for thieves. They are also uncomfortable to carry and store. While you can check in heavy bags regardless of transportation means, you must consider how you move them to the hotel.
Know your carry-on luggage restrictions before you travel, especially by air. This information is usually on your ticket but contact the airline’s customer service department to find out when it is not.
Of course, packing is not everything. First, you should have a basic health check for your child at least a couple of weeks before traveling. Then, find out what vaccines they might need – for example, if you head to a destination where there is the risk of contracting an exotic disease. Last but not least, know what medication is illegal in the country of your destination. And, of course, you will need international health insurance. Needless to remind you that some COVID-19 restrictions may still be in place in 2022 and the foreseeable future, so plan accordingly, considering that child vaccination may be mandatory in some countries.
Find what documents your children need to enter a foreign country. In some cases, a passport or identity card may not be enough. For example, when children travel with a solo parent, you may need the court order granting you the child’s guardianship or permission to take the child out of their country of residence.
Familiarize yourself with the laws and culture of your country of destination because different countries may not share the same values as you. For example, in many countries spanking your child in public – or elsewhere – is illegal.
Finally, in these troubled and uncertain times, know something about the surrounding countries and whether you will be close to a potential danger like attacks in case of war.
These are only the essentials you must consider before you travel to a foreign country anywhere in the world. So don’t get discouraged; stay informed and well-prepared. These are the keys to having a safe and memorable travel experience with children anytime, anywhere in the world.