Travelling Overseas With Kids? Here Are 3 Important Things You Should Never Forget

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or summer vacation, traveling with our kids and seeing the world with them is always an amazing experience. It is definitely right up there with the most rewarding moments as parents. But planning a trip with your kids means more planning, more things to coordinate.

There are so many details that need to be thought of- what are they going to wear, do you have any games on your iPad or crafts to keep them entertained on those long flights?

If you’re traveling across borders, you also have to think about all the paperwork and requirements to make sure we don’t have any issues. It can all be so overwhelming, but planning your dream family vacation doesn’t have to make you want to run for the hills. If you get the fundamentals right, everything else will fall into place, but you need to know what those are. So what are the key things you always have to keep in mind and set up for if you’re going on a trip?

Here are the 3 most important things that cannot be neglected or forgotten. Be sure to add them to your to-do list.

Things to Keep in Mind While Travelling with Kids

Passports & Visas: If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to a country that doesn’t require a visa for your country, then you can just right over this step. But a lot of places require visas, and this is something you need to have planned for way in advance. Find out what visa you and your kids require, how to apply for them and how long that will take. This is IMPORTANT because it determines the dates of your trip and how to work around things. Also make sure that all your passports are valid, actually check each passport to be 1000% sure. The last thing you want to do is end up with a huge person at the airport, worse still at an airport in a foreign country.

If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to a country that doesn’t require a visa for your country, then you can just right over this step. But a lot of places require visas, and this is something you need to have planned for way in advance. Find out what visa you and your kids require, how to apply for them and how long that will take. This is IMPORTANT because it determines the dates of your trip and how to work around things. Also make sure that all your passports are valid, actually check each passport to be 1000% sure. The last thing you want to do is end up with a huge person at the airport, worse still at an airport in a foreign country.

Necessary Paperwork (In the Case of Joint Custody): If you’re divorced, it’s very important to make sure all your ducks in the row when it comes to paperwork giving you consent to travel with the kids. International laws on kidnapping and human trafficking are extremely strict, and if you skip over this part, you can end up in a world of trouble. If you’re sharing custody make sure the other parent has given written consent for the trip. You have to show that the mother’s or father’s rights have been upheld and that everything is on the up-and-up. If you’re not clear on this information, talk to legal experts at organizations like National Family Solutions before you leave the country.

Vaccinations: Different parts of the world require different immunizations, and if you’re traveling with children this is a very important step that cannot be skipped. Not only is it a legal requirement, it also protects your kids against any illness if they are vulnerable. Research the immunizations that are required and get them done as soon as necessary.

Preparing for a trip can be a challenging time period. It can be hard to feel like everything is falling into place, or to feel like you’re on top of it all. You’re already a busy parent making sure your kids get taken of, so getting ready for a holiday can add another layer of stress. To avoid this, start planning months in advance, get your checklists ready, and get the most important things squared away. These include passports and travel documentation, vaccinations and any other paperwork you need to have with you.

It’s a lot of work on the front end, but it will feel so good to get to your destination and enjoy your holiday without any issues or regrets. You’ll come back with nothing but awesome memories and stories.

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