- Check out the luggage laws. Your little one might not need his or her own seat, but infants on Qantas international flights for example are entitled to a 10kg luggage allowance. Adults with the baby are entitled to check in up to three items for each infant including a collapsible stroller, collapsible cot or bassinet: and car seat or baby capsule.
- All children travelling overseas, including newborn infants, must have their own passport. Make sure all your family’s passports have at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Carry extra passport photos just in case a passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while away.
- When you are travelling with children, local authorities, including customs and immigration officers, may ask you to produce documents to prove that you are the lawful parent or guardian. Make sure you carry identification for yourself and your baby required by the authorities of the country you intend to visit and by Australian authorities on your return.
- If you’re travelling with medication, needles or syringes make sure it is legal in the countries you are visiting by contacting the relevant foreign mission in Australia. Contact details are available at www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html. Keep all medications in the original, labelled container to avoid customs problems and make sure you carry a copy of a letter from your doctor explaining what the medicine is and stating it is for personal use only.
- Before you book, check out the travel advice for your chosen destination at www.smartraveller.gov.au. You can also download a brochure called Travelling Parents, which is full of useful information on staying safe abroad.