Top 5 Tips for Safe Travel with Children!
Travel can be a lot of fun, but most parents afraid and because of that even avoid traveling with young children. Children normally take a nap during the day, but when you’re travelling there is no time for that. Exposure to new culture, music, food, and ways of living is part of the fun for many adults, but it can prove too much for many children. Still, with a good deal of planning and thought you can travel with young children. We have listed 5 tips for travelling safe with your children!
1. Take your time
The greatest thing you can take, whether at the airport, sightseeing or getting from A to B is extra time. Toddlers love to explore and don’t care for the time pressures of travel, so you’re more likely to all retain your cool if you factor the faffing, gawping, stalling, toilet stops and tantrums into your timeframe.
2. Update your travel medical kit
Your travel medical kit may have been ideal for when you were traveling pre-kids, but it definitely needs a shake-up now. You do not want to be without children’s medicines in a foreign country when your kid is running a fever in the dead of night.
Much like your adult travel medical kit, the kids’ version should include all the things your child might need if they get sick on a trip, including:
A good supply of any medicines your child takes on a regular basis.
Any medical equipment your child needs (even occasionally), like a nebulizer for a child with asthma.
A pain reliever and fever-fighting medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
An antihistamine for allergic reactions.
Some cough or cold medicine.
If your child needs any specific medicines or medical equipment, be sure you understand how to get those through security. A doctor’s note may be required for injection needles, etc.
3 Know what travel insurance can do for you
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across country or around the world, taking a moment to think about your insurance needs is critical. The last thing any parent wants to think about is their child in need of help and no-one to be found.
Many travel insurance plans offer free coverage for kids traveling with their parents, and even traveling with their grandparents, so the cost of the plan is not a concern for parents.
Travel insurance plans include a few benefits that are helpful especially for parents, including:
Trip cancellation coverage for school year extensions
Emergency medical care for travel injuries and illnesses
Return of minor children if you are hospitalized
24/7 travel assistance services to help you with travel emergencies and finding local medical care
4. Special tips for international travel with young children
If you’re traveling internationally with young children, there are a few extra things you need to know:
Check with your pediatrician to verify whether they need additional vaccines or if the schedule for certain vaccines should be speeded up. Outbreaks of measles, rubella, and polio reported by the CDC in several countries prompted traveling parents and their pediatricians to make some changes to protect kids heading abroad.
Get your passport early to save money. You can expedite the process to have it delivered more quickly, but it’s expensive and that cuts into your travel money.
If you’re not traveling with your child’s other parent, the government officials in other countries may require a notarized letter from the other parent saying it’s OK. Essentially, this is to cut down on parents kidnapping their children from other parents and setting up house in another country.
5. BE PREPARED FOR THE CLIMATE
It’s simple advice, but children dressed comfortably for the weather and terrain will be happier in a new environment. With all the gear available, there’s no excuse for dressing toddlers in ski-suits four sizes too big, forgetting their gloves, or leaving them barefoot on a beach where sea urchins lurk.
As a parent, a trip abroad is a good time to double-check your own vaccinations too. If you haven’t had a tetanus booster, or a flu shot, it’s a good idea to dose up before heading abroad. You’ll be encountering lots of people, cultures, and environments that are different from what you’re used to and it’s best for your body to be as prepared as it can be.