What to Know When Traveling with Children

Traveling with children can add a special dimension to your next trip. Planning ahead ensures a safe experience for everyone. Follow these suggestions to make your next trip with children safe and enjoyable:

  • Bring medications
    Include a first aid kit, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer. Pack remedies for common ailments.
  • Consult your pediatrician
    Confirm that air travel is safe within two weeks of a child’s ear infection, surgery or illness. Ensure that immunizations are current.
  • Carry legal documentation
    Bring necessary paperwork to allow travel if you are not the child’s legal guardian.
  • Bring water and snacks
    Pack extra in case you are delayed or lost.
  • Provide contact information
    Keep identification and contact numbers with children. Practice what to do if they get separated from you.
  • Use a locator device
    Attach a small locator to your child’s belt or shoe. Keep the transmitter to help locate them if they wander off.
  • Ensure car safety
    Infants and young children should be correctly secured in a car seat. Older children should ride in ‘booster seats’ until able to safely wear your car’s seatbelt. Children under 13 should ride in a rear seat.
  • Never leave children alone
    Adult supervision is vital. Inside car temperatures can reach extreme levels in minutes. Keep children close while swimming or near water.
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