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Tips for Traveling Abroad with Children

Taking family vacations are what make up some of our most precious memories, both as children and adults. Do you have an international family vacation planned? If so, you should make sure that you and your children are ready by making an international travel checklist. The best family trips are always well organized! Making sure you and your family are prepared means more time for fun and less time spent stressing over what to do, or if you packed the right things for your children.

Traveling internationally with children can be very exciting because you get to show them a whole new world outside of their own. Yet, it can be stressful as a parent because you aren’t sure the best way to prepare or plan. Here are some tips for planning a trip abroad with children so you can rest assured your trip will go smoothly!

  • Obtain a passport for your child well in advance of your international travel dates. Make sure you give at least 6 weeks of processing time for the passport to arrive.
  • Plan some fun kid-focused activities for your child to do in-between the more adult-focused activities on your trip. It is always good to know where the nearest beach, lake, park, or toy shop is to keep children entertained.
  • For an easier time at the airport, print or have all boarding passes readily available prior to your trip.
  • Prepare your child for the security line at the airport. Talk about what is appropriate and inappropriate to say or do while at an airport. Also let them know about the process of taking off shoes or a belt and walking through a scanner, so this doesn’t scare them.
  • If you are traveling with a baby or toddler you can pack food for them like formula, baby food, etc. Security will not take away these items, and you are allowed to travel with as much as you need to make it to your destination.
  • If you have a long flight, make sure you and the kids stand up every few hours to walk around. Many flights will offer entertainment, but you can also download movies on an iPad prior to the flight just in case.
  • Pack a basic supplies backpack in case of common messy emergencies. Include items such as disinfectant wipes, bottled water, map of city you are visiting, tissues, snacks, sunscreen, small first aid kit, a small toy, and money in a secured pouch. Consider using a clip to secure zippers of the backpack to avoid pick-pocketers.

This international travel checklist for traveling with children should cover the basics for you and your family. If you need any vital records prior to your trip, VitalChek can help you! We offer quick and easy vital record ordering for any of your government record needs. Visit our website and learn more about our easy and secure ordering process.


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  2. Good presentation. Another point that we learned the hard way: If you are travelling with a baby, carrying enough baby food from your original place of residence avoids loosing precious time to read & analyse baby food suitable for your baby (compounded if the label on the food is in foreign language!). It also avoids any medical emergencies due to rejection of the new food by the baby’s digestive system. Shudder to think how we travelled all along without following these basic steps! Thanks!

    Susan Watson

  3. Glad to see the inclusion of a small toy in the “basic supplies” list. I usually have to bring a few for my daughter for any trip.

    I’m surprised that it can take six weeks to obtain a passport. That’s a ridiculous wait!

  4. thank you so much

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