We know that travel has hit a grinding halt due to COVID-19 pandemic both National and International, however this too shall pass and South Africa, regions and the rest of the world will be safer, secure and healthier place to travel again. We want to continue to inspire you so that when the world opens its doors for travelling once again, you’re ready. Therefore, use this time for exploration and planning your next trip.
The following are travel tips that can help make your travels with the little ones easier:
- Familiarise Yourself with Charges and Regulations: If you are planning on flying with kids you need to know that there are so many variations in the charges and regulations involved with taking your baby on a flight. Do some research and compare, as different airlines have different rules. Some charge for one thing; while with another it’s free.
- Prepare, Prepare and Prepare: Rather be over prepared than being unprepared at all. Fill your bag with snacks, games, playing cards, crayons, colouring books, a portable DVD player in case the aircraft doesn’t have one and make sure you buy water once you’re through check in.
- Always bring extra clothes and medicine; you never know when your kids might get a temperature or feel unwell. Before you leave, introduce your kids to the trip ahead of time, especially if its their first trip. When kids are uncomfortable, they aren’t happy. If there are too many new things going on, kids tend to get uncomfortable. The bottom-line is once your children understands what’s going on, they are less likely to ask questions while you’re trying to take care of travel logistics. They will be happier, more comfortable, and excited about what’s coming next.
- Consider A Backpack for Hand Luggage: Have a backpack as hand luggage so that you have both hands free. That makes it easier for you to carry your child, or hold their hand, or push a buggy, or show your passports or whatever else you need to do at the airport.
- Make Regular Toilet Stop: Make sure they go to the toilet immediately before getting on the plane/boat/train. Don’t give them too many fluids either or they’ll be up and down to the toilet all the way to your destination.
- Keep Track of Your Child and Give Them Your Contacts: No matter what you’re doing, whether things are going smoothly or you’re having a logistical nightmare, always make sure you know where your children are. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get wrapped up in something like buying train tickets in another language. The next thing you know, your son or daughter has wandered over to the little shop at the train station to check out candy bars.
- If you’re traveling with another parent or adult, share duties. One person buys the tickets and the other watches the kids. If you’re traveling alone with the kids, be sure that they stay in view at all times. If necessary, hold their hands or have them sit in your line of sight. Despite all the effort in keeping them safe, anything can happen so make sure they have your contact; Name, phone number with them all the time so that it will be easy for them to reach you.