Traveling with a child requires thorough preparation to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Here are some important considerations and tips:
Paperwork for children under 18: Familiarize yourself with the rules and requirements for the registration of documents for children under 18 years of age, such as passports and visas. Notify the airline in advance if you need a cradle for infants or if your child is eligible for discounts on tickets and baggage allowance. Fill out any necessary special applications or declarations when sending a child under 12 years old unaccompanied or without one parent.
Choosing a child-friendly hotel: Ensure the hotel supplies a separate cot or crib for your child. Check if the room has proper temperature control (air conditioning or heater) based on the climate of the destination. Research if the hotel offers babysitting services and inquire about their availability and qualifications. Look for hotels with child-friendly infrastructure such as children’s pools, playgrounds, or discos. This information is often mentioned in the hotel description.
Packing essentials for your child: Include items such as diapers or tights, disinfecting wet wipes, and water in your personal baggage. Bring warm clothing like a jacket and an extra change of clothes for the plane journey, as it can be cool onboard. Do not forget to pack your child’s favorite toy to supply comfort and entertainment.
First-aid kit: Prepare a well-stocked first-aid kit, considering specific needs and potential situations. Include remedies for motion sickness, protection against insect bites, and allergies if traveling to hot countries like the Maldives. Carry common medications like antipyretics, bandages, cotton wool, disinfectants, cough, and cold remedies, activated carbon, and any necessary personal medications.
Research child-friendly services and facilities: When choosing the Maldives as your destination, inquire with your tour operator about resorts that offer babysitting services and have professional instructors to take care of your child. Look for resorts with animators and children’s infrastructure to supply entertainment and activities for your child.
Remember to plan, communicate your needs to the tour operator or hotel, and ensure you have all the necessary documentation and essential items to make your child’s holiday a safe and enjoyable experience.