If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, the trip must be well planned. The little ones need activity, a good holiday programme and child-friendly accommodation. Depending on the child’s age, there are other things to consider. The most important things to keep in mind when travelling with children are listed here.
Before departure: this is to be done
When a journey is due, much has to be prepared. The first thing to do is to check your passports. Are they still valid? They must be up to date at least two to three weeks before the start of the trip. Children need their own passport with a passport photo, regardless of their destination. Visa documents must be organised in good time. Children also need a visa. Consulates usually need a few days or weeks before they issue the necessary documents.
The children should be introduced to the trip at an early stage. You will find every destination on a Children’s World Atlas. You can use it to search for countries with your child. The Tourist Office will be happy to issue brochures containing information about the destination. Find out which animals and flowers or which favourite foods are common at the destination. Your children will be happy to receive any destination information they may need. If the children know what to look forward to, the journey will often be better.
Preventive health care before the trip begins
Good health care for you and the children is also important. Plan your doctor’s appointments before you start your journey. Sometimes the child needs a special vaccination. The doctor will also give you tips on how to behave during your stay in the travel region. The Tropical or Hygiene Institute can provide further information on health care.
In addition to the medical check-up, the insurance status must also be adjusted. Travel insurance will cover you if you are unable to travel. In addition, international health insurance should be taken out, which also covers the child.
Destination and accommodation
The best holiday destinations for children are nearby: the beaches of Mallorca or a beach chair on the Baltic Sea. Italy and Austria are also popular holiday destinations, as both offer a good tourist infrastructure including family-friendly accommodation. The most important argument for a destination in Europe, however, are the western hygiene standards. The immune system of children is not yet mature and should not suddenly be exposed to additional risks.
But long-distance travel is also possible. Older children can already survive longer distances. For the smallest children, however, the travel distance should remain within limits. The travel programme must not overburden the children. Sufficient recovery phases are important. Children process new impressions best while playing.
Size and equipment of the rooms must be suitable for children. Safety, for example at sockets or on the balcony, must also be guaranteed. It is best to book a family room, as it is offered in many hotels.
Tip: Decide on accommodation and stick to it. The children need a few nights to get used to new surroundings. In addition, it saves unnecessary packing and unpacking.
The local travel guide contains the most important sights. If you talk to the locals, you will often get further insider tips, which are often worth a visit even with children.