You may feel very anxious before you go travelling with a baby for the first time. This is natural as your baby is obviously the most precious thing in your life. However, once you get going and provided you follow these travel tips, you will wonder what on earth all the fuss was about.
Before setting out you will probably have thought of all the obvious points to remember, such as doing some research about your destination to ascertain how ‘baby friendly’ it is. It’s also important to arrange travellers’ cheques and foreign currency well in advance. As an extra financial back-up, it can be a good idea to get a prepaid credit card that you can use during your holiday.
Top Tips for Travelling Abroad
Once you have decided to take the plunge and embark upon the first family trip with your baby there are certain things you should be remember.
If you are travelling to a hot country you need to ensure that your baby’s delicate skin is protected from harmful rays. Very young babies (under a year old) should be kept completely out of the sun. Older infants should have exposed skin covered in sun block and should be kept in the shade as much as possible.
In a hot country, your child should always wear a hat during the day, along with loose cotton clothing.
If you are enjoying a day on the beach then ensure that your baby has a sun shade big enough to completely cover him or her, or better still a beach tent to lie in.
Hydration is important so ensure that older children and formula fed babies have an adequate supply of fresh cool water to drink.
Remember to bring a first-aid kit along with a list of local emergency numbers which you have researched in advance. Pack a painkilling syrup, plasters, sterile dressings, antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent and anything else you think you may need.
If you are on a package holiday then ensure that you have the telephone number of your rep, who will be able to help you if you have any problems.
Don’t forget to bring your child’s favourite toy or security blanket with you when you travel. This can be comforting for your baby in a new and strange environment.
Make sure that you have adequate insurance for your trip as this will give you complete peace of mind. Also remember to apply for and to bring a European Health Insurance Card for each family member as it entitles the bearer to free medical treatment within Europe.
By following these simple tips and by planning ahead you can ensure that your holiday is one to remember.
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