Tip #1 - If only 1 parent or no parents are traveling with children under the age of 18, the parent (or guardian) traveling with child(ren) should have a notorized Permission to Travel letter from the parent not traveling. There is no standardized single form. You can find templates online or create your own.
Tip #2 - Carry more than 1 kind of CC (VISA/MC & AMEX) and verify what benefits/limitations your credit cards have:
- travel accident insurance
- trip cancellation insurance
- lost luggage reimbursement
- purchase protection
- access to airport lounges with free WIFI, food, and sometimes showers or family rooms
- ability to make purchases abroad without foreign transaction fees
- concierge services (can they get you tickets or access to that special activity or place you wanted to see?)
Tip #3 - Do not put valuables in your checked bag, even if secured with a TSA-approved lock. We've had travelers whose bags arrived in the hotel and when they were unlocked, valuables were missing. Children should carry their hand-held devices AND the cables in their carryons. A device without a recharge cable is useless.
Tip #4 - Document the model # and take photos of all valuables/devices and instruct children to have a special place to store their devices while traveling, to avoid loss. Children should learn to store the device in the same place after every use. This is a good habit for adults too.
Tip #5 - If you're traveling with a laptop, backup the data at home on another computer or external harddrive.
Tip #6 - Scan all your passports, credit cards & other travel documents, and email to yourself. If all your luggage and bags were lost or stolen, you could access the information from any computer.