Tips for Single Parents When Traveling
Single parents have a tough role balancing their time between work and home duties as a mother and father. Sometimes single parents need to travel for business trips or even for vacation and bonding moments with their children.
What to bring during travel trips? It is advised for single parents traveling with an infant to pack not more than one suitcase. Better pack your child clothing inside your own suitcase because you are still carrying your baby’s car seat and strollers only by yourself or you can accompany a nanny for convenience for every trip only.
Single parents traveling with their children should ride a train as much as possible. Children love trains. These are the best form of travel: either you ride a plane, train or car. Think of any activities that will capture the interest of your child. You can bring along their favorite toys too.
Better be early when traveling especially for single parents to avoid fighting with other passengers. Your child needs to be comfortable and being early on your trip will make them relax.
Bring along kiddie meals, spoon and dish and small container of milk and juices that will suit the taste of your children. They may not like the food offered on the plane. Medicines are very important for every single parent traveling with kids. Single parent should know all about sickness that can affect your children during trips or better consult your pediatrician before traveling.
Best destination when traveling with kids – Kids love adventure and they will love you more if you will participate in their adventures. This is the chance for single parents to travel with their kids during holidays for having fun with them. You may frequent your trip to unwind your self for the heavy roles you are doing as a single parent.
Single parents traveling with their kids in Disneyland, wherever Disneyland you may bring them, it does not matter. All that matters to them is the fun and laughter. They may enjoy themselves with the cartoon character like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. There are also play areas design for toddlers and kids.
Single parents traveling with their kids but with a minimal budget can bring their child in a zoo. Kids especially toddlers like animals. Even in television, they imitate their sounds and behavior of animals. Treating your kids even with a small budget will be a lot of fun.
Children also love beaches and water. Swimming gives great delight to your kids. They love swimming and playing and building castle made by the sand. It is important for your child to have an activity that will make them busy and worthy on your every trip.
Problems facing by single parents during travel.
Single parents traveling with their kid usually face various problems especially for a divorcee or separated single parents. Single parents traveling with kids should make a habit of bringing along their legal documents whenever you travel inside or outside the country.
Single parents traveling with kids local destination needs only less legal documents than traveling abroad. You may contact your tour agent to check all the requirements before traveling. Because you are only traveling on your own country, you are probably more particular of the laws and requirements when traveling.
Single parents traveling with their kids outside the country require a passport for the kids and the parent itself. Many countries not only requires a passport but still need some additional legal documentation such as death certificate if case of death of other parent, court order of sole custody and permission or notarized Affidavit of Consent from the other parent to prevent the other of kidnapping their children.
For those single parents who are traveling with their kids outside the country, they need to arrange their travel beforehand. You may call the consulate to double check the documentation requirement of your country of destination. Try to be friendly with the consulate of the country of destination and tell them your situation to ensure that you will have a smooth travel. Many countries today require a visa before entering their country in order to assist their visitor properly. Single parents should indicate the duration of your visit, purpose of your travel, country of origin and how you are entering the country destination if it is either on land, sea or air.
After single parents contacted the consulate of the country, they must also coordinate to their travel agent, airline, or cruise line where their travel has been booked. Do not hesitate to tell them your arrangement with the consulate of the country of your destination and your situation as a single parent.