International Travel

Before you set out on an international trip, be sure to investigate the visa requirements of the host country. Do not assume you can take care of these things as you travel. Write to the Consumer Information Center, Dept. 371B, Pueblo, CO 81009 to request Foreign Entry Requirements, a State Department document that outlines visa and entry requirements for every country and includes foreign embassy phone numbers. Enclose 50 cents with your request to cover copying.

Traveling With Children

Keep a color picture of your child's face in your purse or wallet in case he or she gets lost in a crowded airport or shopping area.

The air in a fully-pressurized airliner is about the same as the atmosphere at 8,000 feet. That's why your ears pop when you fly. Kids may not know how to equalize the pressure in their ears. Yawning, swallowing and chewing gum can help avoid potentially severe pain. Blocking the nostrils and blowing very gently can also help. If your baby starts crying shortly after take off, this may be the problem. A teething ring or pacifier might help. Avoid air travel with very young children who have head colds.

Different airlines have slightly varying regulations about children flying alone but the following apply almost universally:

・Children must be at least five years old to fly alone.
・The airline must be informed at the time reservations are made that there will be a child flying alone.
・An "unaccompanied minor" form must be completed at check in.
・The airline will insure that the child is watched over by adults, even if there are plane changes.
・The party picking up the child must have identification verifying that he or she is the pick-up person listed with the airline.
・ Children flying alone pay full adult fares.