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Planning a trip with the grandkids? Here’s how to make it fun!

Planning a trip with the grandkids? Here’s how to make it fun!

In order to make sure that your trip with your grandkids will be fun for everyone, it's important to keep a few things in mind before heading off.

Get their input

Rather than just planning everything out for the kids, why not get them to help make a decision about the itinerary. By getting them involved in the decision making process it will make them feel more of an equal player on the trip. 

Ian Jackson, Boomers Travel Insurance Managing Director, says it's increasingly common for New Zealanders to take their grandchildren on overseas holidays, exposing them to difficulties not ordinarily encountered at home.

“Different countries have different policies on allowing children to enter and leave without their parents,” Jackson advises. “Children travelling with a guardian can leave and return to New Zealand with only their passports, but other countries have strict rules that require documents beyond the regular passport and visa.”

Jackson also says it is important to check requirements with the embassy, high commission or consulate of each destination country.

Some countries required evidence that a child had parental permission to travel, or might request other documents to identify the parents such as birth certificates, adoption papers or custody orders.

Save on insurance

Selecting a travel insurance is important to ensure that you are covered when things don’t go to plan. Be sure to choose a plan that offer cover for children when travelling with their parents or grandparents. This is often at no extra cost, as long as they are up to the age of 25 years, not in full-time employment, and are travelling with the policy holder.

Plan out the trip

Travelling with young grandchildren, whether domestically or internationally, requires some extra planning. It is advisable to have a letter from the parents giving permission for to be travelling together, with their contact details, who is going on the holiday, how you are connected and all of the holiday details.

Carry copies of the parents’ passports and the child’s birth certificates. Make sure you also have copies of any relevant papers when it comes to custody of the child.

Make sure your grandchildren have proper identification, including local and home contact information on them at all times during the trip. It’s also a good idea to have a recent photo of them in case they do get lost.

By also emailing yourself important information and current photos to an email account you will be able to access anywhere, and you can ensure you will always have the information you need close at hand no matter what.

If your grandchild will be taking any medication during the trip, make sure you are completely clear on the medications and the dosages. Also, ensure you have a notarised authorisation form from your grandchild's parents in case he or she needs medical attention during the holiday. 

Top ideas to ensure it is a great trip for everyone

Have you taken a trip with your grandkids? Did you all have fun? Let us know in the comments!

Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of