Travel abroad as a family, which should never be forgotten

Who does not like a family trip? Come summer and with the holidays present, this activity is presented as one of the most fun to share with other members of the household. The catalog is very extensive and from a short break to a rural house, to a visit to the beach, and even a few days abroad are options to occupy this free time.

Each election requires different preparations so that everything goes right. If you and your family think about traveling abroad there are certain elements that you should keep in mind and that you should never forget. Tips that remember from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that will allow all members of the household to enjoy this enriching experience to the fullest.


Information about the destination

The first step that every family must take is to gather information about the country of destination. Where is it, what are the means to get there, which is the most recommended? In the case of border nations, transportation can be chosen as the vehicle itself, which will allow the family to stop in other locations and further expand this experience.

You can also choose a direct flight in case the family wishes to arrive at the destination as soon as possible. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recommend collecting information on the destination such as health coverage offered by the country, emergency phones to deal with them or the necessary currency in case it were necessary to make a foreign exchange.


It must be borne in mind that in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, Spaniards, through their European Health Card, have access to Public Health under the same conditions as nationals of those countries. Therefore, if the public system is co-payment or reimbursement, you will be treated in this way. These territories are: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Countries Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

Regarding the logistics of the displacement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that the basic travel document is the passport, so it is convenient, a few weeks before, to review its validity to renew it or not. Although some countries allow you to cross the border using the National Identity Document, nevertheless it is advisable to have both at hand.


Information to acquaintances

Another of the recommendations made by this ministry is to provide information to acquaintances and family members. Dates of arrival, destinations and any last minute changes should be transferred to trusted people so that in case of emergencies there can be a quick response and the location is more bearable.

It is also recommended that days before the trip the parents inform themselves about the customs of that country and what they will find when they get off the plane, or after parking the car. In this way they can guide the children about the behavior expected of them in the destination. This data search will also help the little ones of the house to imagine this visit and live it with hope.

If any of the relatives has any illness, you must carry the necessary medication for the trip. All drugs, especially those that require a prescription, must be transported in hand luggage in their original containers with visible labels, and as a precaution can also be carried in duplicate in checked baggage.

It is recommended to write down the name and contact information of your doctor, the information about your medical situation and treatment, the details about the medication (including the generic names of the medicines), as well as the prescribed doses. If you travel with other medical equipment such as syringes, it is necessary to bring a report from the doctor certifying the need to use such material, as it can be requested by customs officers or security personnel.

Damián Montero

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