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Healthcare Considerations When Travelling with Children

When you travel with your kids, it is an entirely different experience from travelling alone. You will do all you can to keep them safe, but kids tend to get into trouble easily, and you need to be prepared for their cuts and scrapes and even medical emergencies. Here are a few things you can do to make your next family trip safer and to ensure that your kids are amply protected when you travel.

Prepare Medication Beforehand

If your kids take any medication, you will need to plan ahead. Make sure you have a full supply of their medication for longer than just the period of the trip. If your flight is delayed or if you run into any troubles, you want to be sure that you have plenty of medication to last you through the entire trip.

You also need to ensure that it is okay for you to bring their medication wherever you are going. Check the local laws of whatever country you are entering and the airline that you are travelling with. People have gotten in big trouble before by bringing medication that is allowed in one country into another country.

Know the Healthcare System of Your Destination

You may be used to a healthcare system that provides pretty much free healthcare for everyone, but that may not be the case for whatever country you are entering. Don’t expect that every country will afford you the same convenience in healthcare as your current one does. Be sure to find out ahead of time what kinds of services are free and which ones you will have to pay for and how you can get health care services.

You should also know what numbers to call for emergency services for whatever country you will be visiting. Those number should be saved to your phone so that you don’t need to look them up. You want to be able to respond quickly in an emergency and ensure that you have a way to get your child the help they need.

Insurance May Be Necessary

For countries where healthcare costs a lot of money, it may be best to buy travel health insurance. This can be far cheaper than paying the full price for medical care, and it is designed to only cover you for your travel period or for a short while. You just never know what kind of health problems you will run into when you travel to a new country, and you want to be prepared to afford the medical care you or your child may need to receive.

Know the Medical Risks

Before entering a country, you should have some idea of what diseases are going around there. It may be flu season in that part of the world, or there may be some kind of outbreak that you need to be aware of. You might want to get your child vaccinated before heading out or carry medication to treat the medical problems that you may face there.

If you are going to someplace that has mosquitos in abundance, for instance, then you may want to bring mosquito repellent or treatment for the diseases that those pests carry. If you are going to places that are likely to have venomous snakes, then a snakebite kit may be appropriate.

You can’t plan for every eventuality, but you can plan well and be reasonably prepared. Your children’s health is important, and you should be taking steps to ensure that they are as protected as possible when you travel.

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Top Tips For Going Abroad with School Age Children

 

Taking children on holiday abroad can be a very interesting and informative trip, obviously with the situation about taking children out during term time, you have to weigh up the pros and cons, consider the amount of fine you will get (£60 per child, per parent) against the cost of the holiday and how valuable you think the time spent with their family and experiencing a different culture first hand. Whatever you decide, here are some tips to consider when taking school age children abroad. Continue reading

9 inspiring ideas for the May half term with Family & Friends Railcard

May half term is nearly upon us, these weeks are just flying by, during the last school holiday you may remember that we took a #Rail Adventure and the children have been on at us to take another train journey, and  a  Family & Friends Railcard,  saves a third off adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, certainly makes travelling by train good value for money. Continue reading

Looking for A Relaxing Summer Holiday ?

As you will all know by now, as a larger than average family, we struggle with accommodation, we no longer fit in a caravan, unless it has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 10, which are very few and far between. Hotels sometimes have adjacent rooms that have an interconnecting door, although that is a risk, when we last stayed in a hotel, our rooms were indeed next to each other but they were quite far apart and had no door to connect them!

So, we tend to go for cottages in the UK, but with the constant unpredictability of our weather, I have started to look abroad. This week I was in a t-shirt Saturday, a winter coat Sunday and I resembled a drowned rat on the school run yesterday! So I am in desperate need of some sunshine.

A few friends with more than two children recommended ClickStay as a place to find Villas that are big enough to accommodate us all! It is a very user friendly website and the first thing I noticed was that the people staying option went right up to 16+, so I knew there would be at least a few choices for properties to stay in.

When Xene and Lochlan were small we went to Majorca, and I have always wanted to return, so the first place I typed into a property search was Majorca and I wasn’t disappointed! There are 417  Villas and Apartments listed, for Majorca alone!

With many of them offering private swimming pools and direct access to a beach, I was expecting the cost to be high, but some of THE most amazing Villas are just over £1000 for a week during the Summer school holidays, (end of July) which is what I would expect to pay in the UK, the only thing you would need to add on is the flights. Less people is even cheaper.

They have Villas and apartments all over the World, ranging from France to Florida, Turkey to Thailand, there really is a place for everyone, whether it be a romantic holiday for two or a crazy big family holiday for people like me!

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