Families often asked me what they need to travel on their first trip abroad. I’ve learned a few things from our years of traveling with kids and I’m sharing them with you! Here’s a checklist to help get you started on your international journey. Check back often as I’ll made more to this list!
Have I packed my kid(s) favorite snacks?
Are there any restaurants serving familiar foods (pizza, fries) near the hotel?
Is there a grocery store nearby if I want to cook my own food?
Have I packed at least two extra outfits in case of accidents?
Do we plan to go shopping and buy more clothes?
Do I have diapers, wipes and other baby items?
Will I need to do laundry while away? If so, have I packed detergent?
Do I need a hotel with a kitchen?
Have I brought food that will need to be warmed?
Is the front desk open 24 hours a day in case I need help?
Will my cellular phone work in this city or do I need a SIM card?
Have I packed all medications?
Do I have Dramamine, cough drops, cough syrup and medicine for an upset stomach?
Do I have a first aid kit?
Have we packed:
Sheets and pillowcases for the bedrooms?
Shower shoes for the shower?
Wet ones or hand sanitizer?
Where is the nearest hospital in case we have an emergency?
Where is the nearest subway to the hotel?
How much do taxis cost to and from this hotel to major attractions?
How are we getting from the airport? Have I confirmed the arrangements if required?
Have I packed electronics for the plane?
Have I checked out what movies will be on the plane during our flight?
Do I need cash for local transportation or can I use my credit card?
Are ride sharing services available in the city?
- Security and documentation
How can we consolidate bags so we check as little as possible?
Have I registered with the Department of State STEP?
Have I copied our passports and left the copies with a family member?
Does a family member have a copy of the itinerary and confirmation numbers?
Have I notified my credit card and bank that I am traveling?
Have I determined the safe place to keep the passports?
Have I booked activities for each person to enjoy?
How long does each tour take?
Can I buy a “skip the line” pass?
Am I ready to have FUN?!?!?