Traveling internationally with young kids can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, BubbleBum’s own Grainne Kelly has come up with a few handy tips to get organized for the big trip. So now you can just relax and have fun!
-Make a copy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen while travelling. Bring a copy with you and leave a copy at home for extra backup.
-Ensure you have adequate travel insurance and identify the global emergency contact number. Take out your insurance at the same time as making your reservation as it provides cancellation cover due to illness which is the biggest problem for any traveller. It costs the same but gives you cover for a longer period of time if you take it out at the time of booking. Check out local emergency services before arrival as you may not have Wi-Fi access.
-Check the entrance/exit fees for the country you are travelling. Some countries require travellers to pay in order to enter/leave their country and these fees are not included in your airline ticket
-Always have local cash. Have some money for trains, buses and taxis as not every place takes credit cards.
-Learn some of the local language. Before your trip, try and learn a few important phrases in the language of the country you are traveling to so you can communicate. Bring your travel phrasebook with you if you have one.
-Always pack sachets of pain reliever to avoid spillages and for easy airport transit.
-Bring clear, re-sealable plastic bags for liquids in hand luggage. No item may exceed 100ml when going through airport security.
-Pack your BubbleBum’s (inflatable car booster seats) in hand luggage or cabin baggage to avoid searching through suitcases on arrival at your destination.
-Pack a charger/adapter. If you want to use your electronics make sure you have the correct adapter as different countries have different sized plugs and voltage.
-If taking your own satellite navigation system, pre-program your destination to give yourself one less job to do when you arrive
-If your flight is an overnight flight, pack your child’s nigh time toy in his backpack for easy access along with some favourite toys to keep them occupied