A lot of people think that traveling is easy as flashing your passport, even with children. Sometimes I’ll agree I’ve never had to use my insurance or ran into trouble in the airport however I want to make sure I can go away with ease and to make sure I’ve taken everything into consideration. So here some documents I recommend you take and have a digital copy of just in case.
- Passports, obviously. Now a lot of people can go to close countries and be aloud through if you just know your passport number (say if you’ve lost your passport in the airport itself etc) but a lot of the time if you don’t have it no entry, or exit for that matter. Make sure you have a copy of them just in case.
- Travel insurance, those that travel without it and say you don’t need it are dumb, don’t listen pay the £20/£30 and be safe, would you rather pay £30 for travel insurance or £3mil for a broken leg? (I don’t actual know the cost that was a random figure that popped in my head) it will be so much cheaper if an accident does happen if your insured, and make sure everyone is insured! Bring a copy of your papers with you
- Ehic, your medical cards for Europe, your covered by the NHS even in another country if you have this card and better yet its free! Just go on to the GOV website and type in “Ehic” it’ll send you straight to the application form. Easy.
- Visa, do you need one? Unsure check and check again. I like being safe and If I need a visa I will be getting one. This one should be so obvious, it’s easy to know if you need a visa or not just takes a little google and your good to go.
- Now my children’s biological father won’t be giving me a letter for my children to go abroad but if you are bringing your children abroad you will need this letter or a court order to do so, make sure you have all the official documents to get your children abroad with you and a spear copy just in case, a lot of countries don’t accept the copy but some but having a spare might make all the difference.
- If you are taking children out of the country your birth certificates may help with getting through with ease. Take photo copies too to ensure you defiantly have them.
- Booking references and confirmation letters/e-mails have the originals and copies of everything, your flights, accommodation and any travel parties you’ve booked through, a lot of them try adding on costs at the last minute but if your one step ahead with the agreements to hand they normally give up quite fast. Not just that but you want proof you’ve paid to stay in a certain place.
- Health information, are you diabetic, asthmatic? You’ll need your doctors’ letters to carry any medications no matter what your health problems are. If your carry medication on the plane, you need a letter. I’d also keep a letter or a note in your documents wallet and actual wallet/ purse stating what condition you have and who to call/ how to treat etc.
- Driving licence and any other ID you have on you and copy of everything. Just in case.
- An emergency credit/ debit card. I have two current accounts open with my bank so if I lose one card, I can transfer all my money into my other account and cancel my lost card. You don’t want to be stuck broad without any money.
What do you think of my complete list of travel documents to bring abroad? Is there anything I’ve missed? Let me know!