Travel Travelling with Children

Published on August 8th, 2013 | by Jordan

CAA’s Guide to Travelling with Children

Travelling with children can pose some unique challenges, so we’ve provided the following tips and advice to help make your next family vacation as stress-free as possible. Here are the keys to any successful family vacation:

Be prepared

Any parent can tell you how quickly kids can get bored, so the easiest way to keep them engaged is to keep them involved! Have your child help with the trip planning process; depending on their age, they can even help pick a hotel or tourist attractions to visit. Try giving your child a map to follow along on a road trip to avoid the dreaded “are we there yet” question. It’s a fun and unique way to keep them entertained, and those map skills could come in handy someday.

Bring books, games, a portable DVD player, DVDs, stickers, a tablet or toys to entertain your child during the flight or on the road. In case of a spill, pack an extra change of clothes. And don’t forget plenty of snacks! In addition to the healthy options, bring along your child’s favourite treat for those extra-tense moments. You can also encourage your children to keep a travel journal or photo scrapbook! They’ll bring back great memories when they’re found again in a few years.

Take your time

Plan all you want, but if you’re travelling with kids, you’re bound to be late. Make sure to arrive at the airport early to ensure a smooth, stress-free trip through security. Once you arrive at your destination, always be sure to give yourself extra time for sightseeing and make sure to prioritize your route. You never know when your little ones will begin to get cranky!

Bring the correct travel documents

Whether alone or accompanied by an adult, each child travelling abroad must have a valid passport and may also require the following supporting documentation:

  • Birth certificate
  • Any legal documents pertaining to custody
  • A parental consent letter if child is travelling with one parent, without either parent or alone
  • Any status documents from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Prior to any travel with a child, parents should contact the embassy or consulate of all countries their child will be visiting to inquire about entry and exit requirements.

Have a great trip!


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