Family travel tools and tips to make your adventures easy
It’s not always fun traveling with the family and the kids. There are so many international details to research and not enough time to do it. Kids Sea Camp thought we would put together a page for as many family travel tools and tips we could think of. The tips and tools are too long to list, so enjoy and we hope this page helps make your scuba diving vacation with us easier.
Passports & Documentation
All travelers must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket to travel out of the USA. Travelers must have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of entry to any foreign country. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Make sure your passport is valid at least six months beyond the date on which you plan to leave the country.
Please check with the appropriate consulate as well as your chosen airline carrier to ensure you have the proper documentation. Always check your passport and visa requirements. US citizens may go to the US Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov for more information.
The website also has information for consulates by country to assist with requirements. There are special requirements for children leaving the US and many countries have adopted special requirements for the protection of children. If you are traveling with a child that is not your own, a single parent with a child, a child with a different last name, or traveling without both natural parents of the child, you will require documentation proving your right to travel with children. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country and visit the immigration site of the country you are traveling to for the requirements. Kids Sea Camp Reservation Office and staff will not assume responsibility for passengers not having the correct documentation.
Travel Advisory & Visas
- Currency Exchange
- International Holidays
- International Phoning
- Time Zones
- TripCase Itinerary Organizer
Airline Baggage Restrictions
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- EVA Air
- Delta Air Lines
- Emirates Airlines
- Garuda Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Korean Air
- Lion Air
- Oman Airports
- Southwest Airlines
- Thai Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Wings Air
Live Flight Tracking
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TIPS: Email yourself your travel Itinerary, & Documents. Scan a copy of your passport, credit cards, itinerary including air, hotel, car, and keep a folder that you can access with your phone in case any documents are lost or stolen.
PROPER DOCUMENTATION FOR TAKING KIDS ON INTERNATIONAL TRIPS: There are restrictions and laws for documentation for traveling with children that are not yours, or different last names, and even with only one parent traveling. Make sure you check with your airline and immigration.
ENROLL IN AIRLINE FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMS: Memberships can include extra baggage and weight allowance. Enroll in Global Entry for faster transit through long lines.
CHECK YOUR DATA PLAN FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE: Your Phone will cost you unless you buy an international data plan.
CHECK YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE: Make sure you have the inclusion of international coverage for; travel, health, dive accident, etc. Make sure you have copies of all of your cards with you and that someone besides yourself knows where they are. Dive accident insurance (to include medical evacuation) is mandatory for divers of all ages on all our trips: please bring your certificate as proof Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage where appropriate to the type of dive vacation booked) are strongly recommended
EMERGENCY CONTACT Communicate to your emergency contact what your travel plans are.
Before Your Trip
It’s important to pack appropriately when traveling with kids on long hauls.
- Check your legal names, itineraries for seat assignments, and make any ticket changes you need.
- Handle any special needs you might have before you get to the airport.
- Check to make sure the contact information we have for you is right.
- Check expiry dates for passports or visas, and any review important travel documents, waivers, and vouchers you might need way ahead of time.
- Check flight confirmation, times, and schedules 72 hrs prior to travel. Check-in for your flights on time, get your boarding passes and check bags.
- Use airline online Check-in or self-service kiosks to avoid long lines at the airport.
- Know the check-in requirements and travel restrictions for your airport. New laws and rules are in place due to COVID-19.
- Know the requirements for the security checkpoints where you’ll be traveling and arriving. Check with the local immigration site of the country you are traveling to for travel restrictions and rules.
- Make sure to have the proper documentation required by your airline and the country you are traveling to.
- During Your Trip: Check the display screens and monitors in the airport to find your gate. Arrive at the gate early with your boarding pass and eTicket receipt. Keep an eye on the gate display screens that we have in most airports. Listen closely for announcements at the gate.
Make sure to pack a small carry-on with just a few of the following basics for you and the kids
- Food or snacks as allowed by your airline
- Playing cards, books, puzzles
- Drawing paper and markers
- Small pillow
- Comfortable socks
- Favorite food and snacks for the hotel room. Remember the island does not always have the food kids like. Pack some things like peanut butter, mac, and cheese, cookies, etc.
- Pack your medications and 1 day of things you can’t live without.
Adults travel tips
- Contact solution (if needed)
- Sweatshirt for flight
- All medicines needed for you and your kids
- Travel face mask, & hand sanitizer
- Comfortable clothes
- Travel documents
- Passports- 1 day worth of clothes
- Dive computer
- Pack your personal valuables with you
- Single parents traveling with kids outside the country or adults traveling with kids that are not their own need a notarized letter of “Consent to Travel” prepared prior to departure and need to check with the immigration site of the coun
Travel documents you need to remember
- Passports required: Copies of Passports (have one set with you and leave one at home.)
- Certification-Card for divers
- Airline tickets
- Travel documents
- Paperwork and Forms
- Covid-19 Negative document test may be required
Waiver forms: Why all the forms? PADI requires this information to ensure the safety of you and your child for dive and dive-related activities. You will need a doctors’ note letting stating your child is approved to participate in the scuba program you chose. Be prepared. Read and download your forms prior to travel.
Carry-on travel tips
- Travel face mask & hand sanitizer
- 1 bathing suite and a set of shorts and a t-shirt
- 1 set of undergarments
- Eye care if needed, drops and contacts
- Dive regulator/dive computer
- Vitamin B complex for bugs
- Any item you will absolutely need for the next 48 hours if your check-in bag gets lost.
- Prescription medications
Packing for your scuba trip
- Sun coverup
- Level 30-45 waterproof sunblock for kids
- Insect Repellent
- Camera (underwater) & memory stick for photos.
- Converter for electronics. Voltage is generally 210-240
- After-sun products, Aloe Vera
- Small medical kit
- Ear drops
- Motrin/Benedryl or Zyrtec
- Everything in the Kids Sea Camp goodie box
- Covered shoes-sneakers
- Extra set of contacts
- Dive Gear(fins, mask, snorkel, BC, computer, regulator, wetsuit, and logbook)
- Laptop to download photos
- Socks for use inside of fins – Dive skins are handy
Passports and Visas
Passports: American passports are issued by the http://travel.state.gov. You can even download the forms there (be sure to read the instructions carefully to see which application form you should use; there are two forms, DSP-11 and DSP-82).
Each person traveling must have his/her own passport; kids no longer can be in Mom or Dad’s passport. The most important thing you’ll need for a passport is proof that you were born in the U.S., a birth certificate (Americans born abroad, or naturalized Americans, will need different documents.
There are many details you will need to be aware of if only one parent will be applying for a U.S. passport for a child under the age of 14. The details are all available from the U.S. Department of State. Either both parents must appear together and sign the passport application OR one parent appears, signs and submits the second parent’s written a statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child OR one parent appears, signs, and submits primary evidence of sole authority to apply.
This requirement of the U.S. government does not change the requirement that other countries impose that require one parent traveling with a child to show proof of custody/permission to travel from the non-custodial parent. Check with the Embassy of the country you will be visiting.
Very important: You will need a passport that will be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of your program for all travel to the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. US citizens can find downloadable passport applications and other helpful information on the State Department website. It’s a good idea to make a copy of your passport to keep at home while you are traveling in the Caribbean (or anywhere else).