Checklist for a safe travel for your kids

Travelling in Southern Africa with your kids can be a truly rewarding adventure for building lifelong memories. But it also requires a much more elaborate preparation.

That’s why our team of experts (and parents) have decided to put this article together to optimize the chances of living a unique and worry-free experience.

In this article, you’ll find ideas and advises answering any doubts or questions that the organization of such an adventure might raise.

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Here is our check-list to ensure a safe travel with your kids :

– Check the passport validity
– Be aware of any “food and drink” safety recommendations
– Be informed about local climate (day and night)
– Choose your accommodation wisely. Consider a swimming pool and fun activities for your children. Also, some lodges in private game reserves provide baby-sitting and childcare services.
– For parents travelling with toddlers, it is advisable to bring some of your own equipment like a noise machine, a nightlight or even a childproofing kit (power plug covers, foam corner guards …)
– Check that all planned activities are accessible to the whole family (age limit, height limit, specific license required, etc.)
– Make sure to introduce the itinerary to the children before travelling. That will reassure motivate them while giving them instructions to follow and rules to respect (attitude during visits, behaviour towards animals, etc.)
– If you intend to drive a lot, make sure the travel distances remain acceptable and bearable for children (2h30-3h maximum travel)
– Plan lots of occupations such as reading, holiday notebooks, travel journal, or music to make sure they’re always busy
– Think about buying snacks in advance that meet your and their occasional cravings

Xavier Lopes

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