Vaccinate before you go
I suggest you have the child vaccinated first, then yourself. The sight of the needle going into you could put them right off.
Be prepared for a few tears, and maybe a treat is promised if they are younger, and are brave.
Taking Medical items with you
Make sure if you are going to anywhere tropical that you take Malaria tablets, remember to take prior and after, and of course each day. I suggest a general antibiotic script for each person traveling, as child’s strength is different from that of an adult.
Make sure you enter any allergies into your mobile phone too.
You need to carry a Travel Vaccination Certificate with you, plus ensure your child’s general vaccines are up to date, and you have a record of those too.
Remember to always take a small First Aid kit with you every day, and on the planes. I strongly recommend a good dose of multivitamins for both you and the child, 6 months before you go. Continue these whilst you travel.
Travel Insurance if you become ill
I know of people that found the medical bills and hospital stays very inexpensive, but not in USA!
See the reference for free travel insurance with your Commonwealth credit card. Conditions apply.
Have your child’s teeth checked at the school dental service. Tell them you are planning to go away. They may fit you in for an extra last minute check & clean just before you go too.
Don’t stop making an appointment until the last minute. I have just been on a wait list for a check-up, then more appointments for a filling, and then another 2 for the hygienist. So start acting 3 – 6 months before you go.
Make sure the dentist knows you are going overseas so he can attend to any maybes. The alternative is extraction in some countries!
Emergency Plans if you get ill
That is why I came up with the engraved ID bracelet with emergency numbers.
We both will wear one of these 24/7. (Mentioned in my packing blog along with a photo too.)
Ensure all emergency contact numbers have prefixes. Make sure the person knows and agrees to being a contact person. Talk to your child about the plan you have in place if you should get hit by a bus, or go missing. This may have to be a different plan for different countries.
Have your will up to date, and funds put aside in case you have to pay for a relative or friend to fly in if you should be hospitalized, injured or something just plain horrid occurs we do not even wish to mention!
If an emergency occurs, I suggest you contact your church if you go to one. They are linked around the world and should find an affiliate church with people who can be trusted to come to your aid.
You do not want your child put into Government care, or taken away – no matter what!