can be an exciting adventure for children. Before planning a trip parents need to consider issues related to taking children overseas, including immunizations, insurance, what to take, things to avoid and activities geared towards children.
All children going overseas must be current on all standard childhood immunizations. Additionally, parents should contact their pediatrician for specific immunizations for the countries they'll be visiting.
The U.S. Department of State recommends that all citizens traveling overseas should check with their insurance companies on what medical coverage they have in the event of an emergency. If not covered, supplemental insurance should be considered.
What to Take
Depending on the country malaria may be an issue. If so, anti-malarial drugs should be taken. Pack insect repellent and possibly bed netting. Sun block, sunglasses, over-the-counter medication for diarrhea and any prescription drugs should also be packed.
Things to Avoid
Parents need to ensure that children are well supervised and to try avoid insect bites, animal scratches and animal bites. Drink only bottled water and eat only fully cooked food to avoid intestinal problems.
Kid Friendly Activities
Africa has an abundance of family oriented safaris where children can see animals in their natural habitat. Check resources for kid friendly safaris, such as:
Parents should make sure that children get the most out of their trip by engaging them in additional activities other than sightseeing. Take along books, paper, crayons and painting utensils to engage them while they read about and draw what they see.
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