Now that covid restrictions have eased in almost all parts of the world, travel is back and we can all get back to going abroad and making memories with our family. Travel is one of the best ways to enjoy time together; it provides you with so many new opportunities to see and do things you wouldnt usually, it’s fun and memorable. But when you’re travelling with children, it can be a source of worry too especially with everything that’s gone on in the world in the past few years. As a parent, keeping our kids happy and healthy is of the utmost importance and the same is true while travelling. Here are some things to bear in mind.
Some countries will have mandatory vaccinations to enter, others will have optional vaccinations. Making sure that you and your family are as protected as possible against potential diseases that are commonplace in the country you’re flying to is no bad thing. Be sure to check the timeframe as certain vaccines take a number of weeks to be fully effective, so you dont want to leave it too long. Depending on where you’re flying to, you may need proof of your covid vaccines, recovery or a negative test so be sure to check.
Get the right travel insurance
Travel insurance is so important, you need to know that if you’re ill or injured when you’re away that you’re covered financially for medical treatment. If you’ll be doing any activities like winter sports then you will need to ensure your policy covers this. Don’t just choose the cheapest you can find, travel insurance is more than just covering the cost of lost luggage or broken tech while you’re away. If you or your family need to get treatment then your travel insurance will cover it providing you have the correct type of policy.
Know what the emergency phone number is
The emergency number to contact police, ambulance and fire services is different all over the world. Instead of dialling 911, it’s 999 in the UK, in Europe its 112, 110 in Japan etc. A full list can be found here, it’s worth knowing before you set off just in case you end up needing help.
Make note of the nearest hospital or clinic
Finally, it’s no bad thing to take a look at your surroundings on a map before you arrive. Knowing where things like bus stops and shops are can be useful, but make a note of things like medical centres and clinics. Alternatively, once you’ve arrived you could search ‘general hospital near me’ just so you know where it is. Of course, none of us want to be in a position where we’ll need this but it can be great for peace of mind.
Do you have any tips for keeping your family safe when you’re travelling? Is this something you ever worry about when you’re away?
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.