Travelling on your own can be stressful enough, but when you’re responsible for your grandchildren too, it can be extra challenging! Although they’ll no-doubt contribute to an energetic and fun-filled vacation, they may also add to the worry.
Here are a few things to think about before you travel with grandchildren to ensure a hassle-free trip, whether it’s to another province or abroad.
Know your grandchildren’s health history.
Do your grandchildren have any health conditions or allergies? Do they take any medications? It’s important to ask these questions before you go. This way, you can come prepared with any prescriptions and know which foods and medications to avoid.
Leaving the country? You may need to visit the travel clinic first!
Contact your doctor or healthcare provider or visit a travel clinic at least six weeks before you travel. They can advise you on and administer the proper vaccinations to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Not sure where to go? Find a clinic in your area.
Make sure you have all of the appropriate documentation.
Did you know that according to the Government of Canada, people under 18 are considered children and need the following documents when travelling abroad?
- Canadian passport
- Consent letter (confirming that the child has permission to travel abroad)
- Supporting identification (birth certificate or citizenship card)
- Other legal documents (may include divorce papers, custody court orders or death certificate if parents are deceased)
Failure to produce these may lead to you and your grandchildren being denied entry into another country. Always check with the nearest embassy or consulate of each country you are planning to visit about their entrance requirements.
With these three things ticked off your list, you can focus on the more important things, such as all of the fun you’re sure to have.
Have any travelling with grandchildren adventures or mis-adventures? Please share below!