As we settle back into a little more normalcy than we have been in for the past couple of months, travelling has become a more realistic dream for many…

The anxiety of being in a different country or city with your kids during the pandemic, can be overwhelming.

In an honest post on Thursday, Jo-Anne Strauss shared her desire to travel after South Africa moved to Level One, but also acknowledged her fears. “In two minds about travelling outside the borders with 4 children, but also thinking now would be an incredible time as everywhere is quiet.”

Jo-Anne’s recent addition to the family recently turned for months four days ago, so she has her hands full. Her eldest child is her five-year-old son.

 

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With the right amount of planning and preparation, travelling with your little one does not have to be a nightmare.

Here’s how to travel in a way that helps protect you and your family.

Get Covid testing information for where you plan to visit

To enter many orders across the world, you need to produce some form of confirmation for a negative Covid test, a vaccination report, or proof of recovery from Covid-19. For instance, Jo-Anne is considering travelling to Nambia, and to enter the country you need to test 1-3 days before you travel. If your results are older than seven days, you will be required to self-quarantine and do another test at your own cost.

Depending on the country you are travelling to, children under the age of five will be exempt from issuing such documentation.

Get your kids ready for consistent mask-wearing

A flight to Namibia is about two hours, and one to Mauritius is three hours. In a plane, you need to keep your mask on for the entire duration of the flight. It should also be kept in public transport and other public places. Kids over the age of two are required to keep their masks on as well, so you need to be ready for this.

Stock up on supplies

Chances are that your children will touch things they should not, so it’s important to keep wipes and sanitisers ready. You don’t wanna run out of anything.

Be ready to self-isolate after your travels

Nambia is a level 4 Covid country, which is regarded too high. On arrival from travelling, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This depends on the country you travelled to, and how old your testing certificate is. If you did not test before you left the country, you will be required to isolate while you wait for new tests.

Make medical arrangement in case of an emergency in the country you are visiting

People that have sworn to have practised the greatest caution have contracted the virus. Anything can happen while you are travelling. If you are in a different country, it’s important to know where you need to go to seek medical assistance.

Proper planning is the key when trying to avoid constant mini heart attacks while travelling with curious little humans who do not quite understand the concept of social distancing. It is equally important to teach them as much as you can about the importance of hygiene and why we can’t get too close to other people.

Happy travels!

 

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