Travelling With Babies and Children

There are always risks which need to be considered when travelling, but what about when you're bringing kids along too?

Taking your children on their first holiday can be daunting, particularly if you are travelling overseas. There are several things you need to remember and prepare for before taking your kids on a trip.

If your child has certain needs at home, then odds are they will have the same needs in another country. It is essential that you take notice of the things you may have to bring with you in order for the whole family to enjoy their holiday.

Check out these top traveler tips and find out what you should know and consider before taking your children overseas:

Entertainment: A bored child can sometimes turn into a nuisance, especially if they are travelling for several hours. Make sure you bring plenty of toys and activity books so that your kids can keep active and entertained whilst moving from place to place.

Motion Sickness: Many people suffer from travel sickness, including children. If you are travelling by car, make sure there is plenty of fresh air. Arrange for frequent resting stops and ensure your child eats something healthy before going in the vehicle.

Unfamiliar Food: If your kids are fussy eaters, finding a meal for them amongst unfamiliar cuisine may prove difficult. If you are visiting a hotel, call ahead of time and find out whether they have a kid’s menu. Carry around their favourite snacks and if flying, arrange in advance for a children’s meal.

Accommodation: If you have young children, it may be advisable to contact your place of stay about furniture. If you require cots and highchairs or a child-minding service, you may want to find out if these things are available.

Medication: Before departing on your trip, check with your doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you depart to discuss if you need any vaccinations before you go. If you are on medication, make certain it is legal within your country of travel and also make sure you have enough to last the trip.

Baby Products: When travelling with babies, it may be a good idea to research the availability of baby products such as formula, in the countries you’ll visit. If these items are not widely available and you need them, you may want to stock up before you leave.

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