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Family Travel Tools and Tips

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 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

Travel Tools

Travel News

Reference Links

Airline Baggage Restrictions

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.

Airport COVID Travel Tips: DONT FORGET YOUR FACE MASK & HAND SANITIZER. We all know that airports can be a hassle these days but a little planning and preparation can make a big difference. Try these tips to help you breeze right through.

Before Your Trip

It’s important to pack appropriately when traveling with kids on long hauls.

Make sure to pack a small carry-on with just a few of the following basics for you and the kids

Adults travel tips

Travel documents you need to remember

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

Packing for your scuba trip

Passports and Visas

Passports: American passports are issued by the 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).

Please note that any external links are provided for information purposes only: Kids Sea Camp can’t be held responsible for the content or accuracy of external sites.
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