No one ever said that travelling with children was easy (well, not anyone who has actually done it), and there are endless things to worry about while on a family holiday. However, taking care of a few things before you head out on your adventures can help minimize your work and hassle while abroad on your family holiday. Travel insurance, child friendly transport and appropriate accommodation can all be researched and booked before you go.
This article offers a checklist of things to do before travelling abroad with your family.
1. Book Family Holiday Travel Insurance
Family holiday travel insurance package deals cover medical and property loss abroad and normally offers discounts over individual rates. These plans are usually quick and easy to purchase, and many can be researched and booked online.
2. See your family doctor
When travelling with your family outside of Europe, there might some vaccinations that you or your children will need to get before you go. In some cases, these vaccinations are necessary before you can even apply for a visa. You'll also want to refill any prescription medications that you or your family need so you have enough to last the whole trip.
3. Get family friendly transport
If you're thinking about hiring a car, reserve one large for your whole family and request whatever infant car seats, child booster seats, or other kid extras you might need ahead of time. Sometimes access to these things are limited, and having them reserved ahead of time will make it easier when you arrive.
4. Scan your travel documents
You'll need to gather up all your family's travel documents, scan them, and email them to yourself so that you an have electronic access to them at all times in case you need them. You should include all passports, ID cards, copies of your family holiday travel insurance, records of vaccination, doctor and emergency contact details.
5. Make family friendly accommodation arrangements
Before you book and pay for your accommodation, be sure that you'll have access to the things you and your children need to make your stay more comfortable. This might include asking the hotel or resort to provide your room with playpens, cribs, strollers, or baby monitors. Some larger resorts even have child care services on site.
6. Camera time!
While on your trip you no doubt be making some amazing memories with your children. You'll want to capture some of these special moments, and not having the correct camera equipment at hand could mean you may miss some. Be sure to pack extra batteries and memory cards and, if possible, try to get a waterproof case. That way you don't have to worry about your camera falling in the hotel pool if little hands are playing with it.