Hi. I'm Jennifer Durban, and I've got a few easy tips for you for traveling overseas with your little one. Whether you're traveling for the first time overseas or you're a seasoned international traveler, it's a little different when you have a little one in tow. So whether you're traveling with an infant or a toddler, you need to make special arrangements.
The first thing you'll need to do is make sure they have a passport, and this can take some time, so plan ahead. Allow four to six weeks for the entire passport process. Once you've got the passport and you're ready for the trip, there are some other things you can do to prepare.
For instance, you might want to search for different blogs about traveling with a child in the location you're visiting. If you're going to Rome, simply Google "traveling with a baby in Rome," and you may find some great blogs with local tips about what to do with your little one.
You'll also want to make sure to check your medical coverage. Just in case something happens abroad. You'll want to know what your and your child's coverage is so that you can be cared for appropriately.
While you're traveling, if you're in a location where you don't speak the local language, you'll want to make sure you have a very good translator. Whether that's a book, or an app on your phone, you'll want to do things like be able to check the contents of food that you're giving your little one. If you're stopping at a drug store to pick up a snack, you'll want to be careful to make sure there's nothing in there that your child is allergic to.
When all else fails, ask a store manager, or even a local mom that you see shopping, for some advice on different brands. You can also do some research on the local brands before you leave. For instance, search to see what the best diaper brand is so you know what to pick up at the local store.
Make sure you visit the State Department's website at State.gov. That will give you all the information you need to get a passport, enroll in Security programs when traveling internationally, and also links to the CDC so you can make sure your child is appropriately vaccinated before your trip.
You'll also want to check to see what local emergency numbers are. For instance, you're not going to be able to pick up and dial 911 in case of an emergency in Italy. So check and see what the local number is before you go.