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Travelling with children

Posted on 23 July 2019
Travelling with children

Travelling with young children is not an easy thing, especially your destination is far away from home.


Below are some important notes you should be aware of:


1. Travel insurance

Accidents and unexpected incidents can happen to anyone and the additional expenses could be very high. The Australian government will not pay your medical bills for you.

It's very essential that you should take out travel insurance for yourself and your family before heading overseas.


2. Luggage

  • Check restrictions on carry-on luggage before travelling. Restrictions on powders, liquids, aerosols and gels can include baby foods. There are usually exceptions for baby products, so contact your airline in advance.
  • Minimise the number of bags you will be carrying. Being overloaded with bags while taking care of your children can make you a target for thieves.
  • Be aware that child safety standards including for pools, balconies, car seats, cots and play equipment may not be as strict as they are in Australia.
  • Be aware of cultural norms and laws at your destination. Local attitudes towards breastfeeding in public and laws for disciplining children can be vastly different to those in Australia. In some countries, any form of corporal punishment (including smacking children) is illegal.


3. Heath and vaccination

Visit your doctor or travel clinic at least eight weeks before you depart to discuss any health issues and any destination-specific vaccination requirements for you and your family.

If your child takes medication, confirm that it is legal in the country you are going to by checking the travel advice and contacting the high commission, embassy or consulate of that country.


For more helpful tips and advice, please visit the Smartraveller.gov.au


(Source: https://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/pages/travelling-with-children.aspx#get-the-right-travel-insurance)

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