Most people think twice before making plans to travel abroad with children and young kids. Most people are worried about their social life, travel plans, happiness, and schedules when they have to travel with kids. Some people also worry that the children will not cope well, get tired, or fall sick in another country. The best way to avoid any of these complications, yet have a great trip, is to be prepared at all times.
Half the stress of travelling abroad with children is getting there with your sanity intact. Once you reach the destination, things slowly fall into place. Apart from just getting prepared to travel with the children, you should also have all the documentation in place. We would advise consulting IAS Services to get all the immigration paperwork and documentation ready in advance. Things like passports, visas, travel documents, insurance paperwork, and more can be taken care of quickly with a bit of preparation and planning.
Let us look at how to make travelling abroad with your children easier than ever before!
Do Not Overpack:
The biggest mistake most parents and guardians make is overpacking. It is an understandable temptation that you want to stay ready for everything. However, packing all your kids’ clothes and toys is not a good idea. Figure out all your baby gear in advance. Pack extra undergarments, diapers, socks, warm clothes, blanket, and other stuff you need before your packers and movers bring the rest.
Immigrating to another country does not mean you have to carry everything on you. You should pack what you need for the first week and ship everything else. Some people also prefer disposing of old toys (that are not favourites) and placing orders for a few new ones in the destination country. Your children will be excited to play with new toys, taking the stress off the shifting process.
We cannot stress how important it is to ship things beforehand. If you take longer than a few days to move physically, you should get your parcels of baby diapers, foodstuff, and other items directly shipped to the new address via the online sites. Doing this helps take the stress off the shipping, helps save money, and ensures you have everything brand new at your destination. You do not want the added stress of ordering parcels in a new place (and waiting for them to arrive).
It is best to order and ship extra quantities of baby food, favourite diapers, and some new toys. Doing this will bring comfort to your baby and you. Children with lots of clothes, toys, and school books, should also be encouraged to pack things beforehand. Let your children know that relocating to a new place means they will have to sort through their things, throw stuff they don’t want, and pack what they want to keep.
Carry The Medicines:
You can never accurately predict when the children will fall sick. It’s best to be prepared with medicines at all times. Most often, it’s the small things that can trigger illness – cold, cough, stomach aches, or a body ache. When travelling to a new place, you may spend a lot of time finding a pharmacy, registering, and refilling your prescriptions.
Get all the prescriptions refilled before leaving your hometown. Let your doctor know that you are travelling and will need to carry extra medication till you register in the new country. You should also stock up on baby Benadryl, baby thermometers, baby Tylenol, and some painkillers for yourself. If you have any specific medical needs, you should carry your prescriptions too.
Consider The Weather At The Final Destination:
Depending on when you are shifting, it is best to be prepared for the weather. If you plan to shift during the colder months, it is best to keep warm clothes, sweaters, extra shawls, shoes, and socks handy in your cabin baggage. For a warm climate, consider keeping shorts and t-shirts handy for your children. If possible, you can assist them in changing their clothes and shoes before exiting the airport at your destination. Doing this will ease the acclimation process in the new country, and your children will not get cranky.
If your child’s mobility may be compromised due to long walks or cobbled roads, you should also keep your stroller handy. Most airlines allow parents of small children to store additional carry-on baggage during the flight. It would help if you also kept foldable car seats and other essential equipment related to mobility with you during the journey.
Be Smart with Seat Reservation:
If you’re travelling with a toddler or an infant, be smart when booking your seats on the flight. Booking a seat with a bulkhead will get you extra space to keep the bassinet. More than handling children, managing baby clothes, toys, and other hygiene-related things. Apart from that, your body will thank you for the extra legroom.
If the bulkhead seat isn’t available, you should try booking an aisle seat or the last two window seats at the end of the rows. The last two seats are ideal for securing your child, ensuring there is no interference from other passengers, and remaining close to the washrooms. Many airlines also keep these seats for families travelling with small children so they can alight first.
When travelling abroad with your child, always use the baby carrier. Do not go the old-fashioned way, and carry your child in your arms all the time. You will face incredible fatigue, get irritated, and spoil the journey. Baby carriers help leave your arms free to hold other things, and while travelling, this is a boon.
You may also need to hold the baby stroller in one hand, and a bag with all the documentation in the other. Baby carriers are also handy in places that do not allow strollers like beaches, museums, art galleries, and more. Baby carriers are also excellent for breastfeeding in public areas.