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Travel Checklist For Kids: Medical FAQs For Travel With Kids

Travelling with children can be a daunting prospect – there are vaccinations to think about and the worry of how to respond in a medical emergency in a foreign country. But these issues can be handled easily with a little organisation, preparation and forethought. General Practitioner Dr Ailene Chan answers some frequently asked questions about the medical issues surrounding traveling with kids. If you are a parent this is the travel advisor not to miss. 

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Travel Checklist For Kids: Travel First Aid Kits (For Kids)

A comprehensive medical kit is essential when travelling with children and can be the difference between resolving a minor health issue and a full blown medical emergency. This is particularly important if you are traveling to developing or non-English-speaking countries where simple medications, such as Paracetamol, may be difficult to source in an urgent situation if you don’t speak the language. Dr Ailene Chan, General Practitioner, gives suitcases&strollers the must-have items for any family traveling with kids.

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First Aid For Kids

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, so a basic knowledge of first aid is always handy, especially if you are travelling to remote destinations with kids. In the terrible event that you’re in a foreign environment and something should happen to your kids, there are a few medical methods you can apply that might prevent a small incident from becoming a serious calamity. Dr. Samantha Izzard of International Medical Clinic (IMC) gives suitcases&strollers some basic first aid tips handy for when you’re traveling with kids. (Print these out and carry them in your suitcase with your other essential travel documents or travel emergency medical kit as you never know when you might need them.)

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Food Poisoning in Kids on Family Holidays

How to cope with gastro on family vacations with kids. Almost everyone has had stomach problems on holiday at some point in their lives. Nobody is immune and food poisoning is possible in every country in the world. But tropical developing countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand bring their own additional risks to the table and some basic advice is useful. Dr Michael Rodger of International Medical Clinic in Singapore gives suitcases&strollers his travel tips for avoiding gastro in kids and what to do if you are affected while on the road with kids.

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Dengue Fever

Mosquito-borne diseases can be problematic when travelling in tropical countries with kids. While many seasoned travellers are used to taking malaria into account, it is less well known that dengue fever also poses a risk, even in countries that are malaria-free (such as Singapore). In fact there are already 7,706 new dengue cases reported in Singapore this year. Dr. Niek ter Mors from International Medical Clinic (IMC) Singapore, a family medical centre with a specialisation in travel, tells suitcases&strollers how to avoid dengue when traveling with kids. 

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What Is The Zika Virus

Everything you need to know about how people contract the Zika virus. If you’re planning a family holiday to the Americas, you should definitely be taking into account your family’s potential exposure to the Zika virus. This mosquito born disease has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO (World Health Organization), so here are some family travel tips about how you can avoid Zika when you travel with kids.

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Avoiding Rabies in Asia

Information about the prevalence of rabies in Asia for families traveling with kids. Rabies is not a disease you commonly hear about or associate with family travel with kids, but it is something you should be keeping on your radar. In fact, children are at higher risk of contracting rabies as they are attracted to animals and less likely to be able to avoid scratches and bites from affected animals. For anyone traveling to Asia with kids including destinations like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji or the Philippines, here are some travel tips from International Medical Clinic in Singapore for how to avoid rabies coming into contact with your family.

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Family Travel Insurance

The best family holidays are about having a stress-free time with the kids, but it’s not all just fun and games. To ensure you can really relax, make sure you have invested in some top notch travel insurance for the family that will cover you in the case of emergencies. Gretta Schifano, author of Mums Do Travel, tells suitcases&strollers why family travel insurance is so important and some of the things to look out for before you pay.

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Traveller’s Checklist: Essential Travel Documents For Travel With Kids

The best family holidays are not those that go off without a hitch, but those that have been well planned to cater for emergencies. To save yourself arguments with airport officials or a panic attack when you need to change your return ticket, here is the must-have list of the critical travel documents you should always have when traveling with kids.

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Family Friendly Airlines Compared

Which airlines welcome children with open arms and which hosties turn their noses up at babies? We’ve asked our readers and compiled the results of what they consider to be the best family-friendly airlines. Not everyone has the same experience and of course this is not definitive (it depends so much on who you get on the day), but here’s the lowdown of the good, the bad and the ugly when flying with kids as told to us so you can plan (or be prepared for) your next family vacation. 

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10 Tips for Finding Family-Friendly Airlines

Travel with kids doesn't need to be daunting if you can select an airline that will make the flights to and fro easy and fuss-free. Here is suitcases&strollers' top 10 ways to suss out that perfect family-friendly airline so critical to the start and end of a successful family holiday. 


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Travel Checklist For Kids: Before You Board

Flying with kids doesn't have to be scary or hard, you just have to plan ahead. It's all about preparation, organisation and the right attitude. So here are the basics to ensuring a good start to a family holiday: the essential must-do check list before boarding any flight with kids. 

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Travel Checklist For Kids: What To Carry On the Plane

Forget packing a small tote with a book and a couple of mags. Flying with kids is much more complicated and requires significant skill and forethought. But it's easy if you know how. Don't start your holiday off with urine soaked pants and a cold wailing child on your lap. Here are some essential travel tips for how to pack your carry on luggage when traveling with kids. 

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Family Travel Tips: Oversized Luggage For Kids

Flying with kids and their bulky items can be troublesome. Strollers, baby capsules, car seats and travel portacots are heavy and may even cost you an excess luggage allowance penalty. Here are some family travel tips about what to expect if you are planning to arrive at the airport with more than just one suitcase and how to (almost) guarantee that it all arrives safely in one piece.

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Flying With Baby’s Milk

If you’re travelling with baby on a long haul flight and have lots of expressed breast milk, it can be easily transported. All that hard work doesn’t need to go to waste. Or, if you need to move multiple feeds worth of formula, we’ve got the answers to the most hygienic and risk-free ways to do it. Here's how to travel with baby's milk on the plane to ensure a stress-free start to a fab family holiday. 

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Holidays With Toddlers: Flying With Toddlers

Flying with babies is relatively easy (they can’t move about much and they tend to be easy to placate) and flying with kids who are school aged or older can be made simple with negotiation, but the most difficult kinds of kids to fly with are always toddlers. Too small to really make considered and rational judgments, but big enough to undo their own seatbelt and to cause a real ruckus if they choose, flying with toddlers certainly requires skill. But it possible to master it, so long as you have these handy suitcases&strollers family travel tips.

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Tips For Flying With Kids

Flying with kids doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. Even if you are flying with a toddler or flying with an infant, there are ways to survive unscathed. Here is the suitcases&strollers must-have essential travel guide to traveling with kids in the air. 

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How To Survive Flying With Kids

Founder of suitcases&strollers, Aimee Chan, took her eldest child on his first flight when he was 3 weeks old. This year he has already been to 7 countries, some of these more than once and many travelling with only his mother. She shares her secrets for successful air travel with kids. 


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How to Deal with Tantrums on Planes

Airplane travel to a new destination is a unique adventure for children, but it can be daunting for parents. What if your worst nightmare comes true and you are that parent whose kid is having a huge tantrum on the plane? There are some strategies you can employ for preventing tantrums on planes, says Dr Marcie Beigel, a behavioural therapist and author of Behavior and Beyond. She tells suitcases&strollers her travel tips for a positive experience flying with kids.

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