Traveling with children is an adventure for them and their parents. The most important thing is good planning. It is advisable to prepare children in advance, to inform you that you’re taking a family trip, show photos of the destination, prepare them a home and travel guide to assist in making your luggage.
If children are too small can not value the interest of a purely cultural trip (very interesting for adults, of course), so you should combine cultural activities for adults and a specific activity for children: theme park, pool , beach, hiking, zoo … We must choose the destination depending on the child’s age. The beach and mountain destinations are most suitable for children.
In the baggage should carry a good dose of humor to enjoy these days off with the little ones.
Travelling by car
Long car trips are “eternal” for children, especially, when long distances and monotonous. Because children do not have a precise reference to short or long time, they get tired. It is essential that good planning of route and stops.
The best times of day to travel are the first and last time of day it is when it is less hot.
It is advisable to take into account any of the following recommendations:
* Prepare, in collaboration with children, the vehicle for the trip: food, drinks, games and music.
* We must make a good estimate of food and drink but the journey is short, for possible contingencies to lengthen the trip (traffic jams, breakdowns …).
* Stop every two hours in a service area to stretch your legs, go to the bathroom or changing diapers.
* Children must be comfortable and appropriate clothing for the season. The temperature of the car should be enjoyable. It is advisable to carry some extra clothing in case some children feel sick and vomit. A blanket in the trunk can be very useful during the winter.
* The bag with everything needed for the baby should be at hand.
It is very important to be informed of the conditions of each airline. In general airlines distinguish between babies (0-2 years) and children (2-12 years). The infant traveling without a seat and must always be accompanied by an adult ticket but not paid flight insurance to be drawn with the boarding pass.
On long trips, you can ask the company, in advance, chairs or cots for babies children occupying a seat travel and can do so accompanied by a more than 12 years alone (the largest in five years and must communicate with advance) or supervised by an assistant of the airline.
It is advisable to carry in hand luggage everything you need for travel, toys, food, diapers, wipes …
Must be balanced very well the time that will take flight and age of the children. Babies should drink water frequently and they should control the temperature to shelter them properly. To avoid ear discomfort during takeoff and landing, the baby should nurse or suck a pacifier or bottle.
Travelling by train or boat
In general, children under 4 years free ticket, unless occupying a seat. Up to 11 or 13 years old enjoy a 40% discount and offer discounts for large families.
If the track is very long it is interesting to go on a train or boat-hotel-hotel, because the trip is done at night, while the children sleep and offer all the amenities of a hotel.
Must book accommodation in advance, warning that travel with children and ensure that the accommodation meets all the necessary facilities for traveling with children: high chairs, cribs …
The camping or cottages are well suited for a family vacation.
Children must be documented as well as adults. It should carry a health card and immunization card. As adults if traveling through the countries of the European Union and DNI is required outside these countries, the Passport.
Outside Europe need a visa and passport.
To travel in Europe can apply for EHIC.