6 Tips for Traveling Internationally With Kids

While traveling internationally with kids offers numerous benefits, it can be intimidating and stressful, especially to first-time traveler parents. Flying can be an unpleasant experience for some children who don’t have the patience to sit still and behave appropriately. If you’re planning to travel abroad with your kids, these six tips can help make the entire journey safe and stress-free.

Schedule a check-up

Before your trip, have your children checked by their pediatrician to ensure that they are fit to travel and their vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember that some countries require certain vaccines aside from the standard routine immunizations. Make sure your kids are vaccinated at least a month before you leave to give the vaccines enough time to take effect. Discuss the best course of action with their doctor, and remember to bring your kids’ immunization records with you.

6 Tips for Traveling Internationally With Kids

Set realistic goals

Sit down with your family and create a list of what they want to accomplish during the trip. The more honest you and your family are when setting your targets,  the easier it will be for you to plan a trip that everyone will genuinely enjoy.

Pack wisely

Nowadays, you can buy almost anything anywhere, making packing easier and more manageable. Pack as light as you can and bring only the essentials. Create a list of what they would need for the plane ride. Limit their toys but make it a point to bring an item that reminds them of home. If traveling with a toddler or baby, consider babywearing to increase your mobility and reduce your little one’s fussiness. Choose a well-trusted brand such as Diono to ensure that your child is safe and comfortable wherever you go.

Find a kid-friendly accommodation

Even with the travel sector booming, there are still accommodations that are not child-friendly. When making travel arrangements, look for a hotel that caters specifically to families. Check their amenities to see if they have facilities or services that might interest and distract your little ones. Make sure to read the reviews of family travelers and check the local news within the area.

Be flexible

When traveling with kids, flexibility is essential. Parents are often more fixated on ensuring that everything goes according to plan that they forget to enjoy the experience. Let go of any preconceived expectations early on and try to embrace the unknown. Instead of focusing on your travel checklist, concentrate on creating precious memories with your children. Take as many photos and remember to be present in the moment.

Travel often

Traveling frequently can be expensive, but it is an excellent way to strengthen your bond as a family. No matter how hectic your schedules are, try to schedule a family trip every few months. Going to various countries can increase your kids’ sense of adventure and enrich their cultural perspectives.

Traveling internationally with kids need not be difficult. With proper planning and the above tips, you can design a well-deserved vacation that your family will appreciate and cherish.


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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