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Things To Bring When Traveling Abroad? Are yearbooks included?

ByNiño QuizonMarch 21, 2023
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No, you don’t need to bring your kid’s yearbook photo when traveling internationally.

Recently, a viral TikTok video showed a Filipino traveler allegedly missing her flight after being questioned by an immigration officer, leading to some confusion about the necessity of bringing a yearbook photo as proof of educational attainment during international travel. The Bureau of Immigration clarified that a yearbook photo is not required as part of the immigration process.
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval confirmed that asking for a yearbook photo is not part of the questions asked by Philippine immigration officers. The officer in question denied asking for a yearbook photo and has since been removed from the frontline and reassigned to a backend office.
Continue reading to learn about what you actually need to do when traveling internationally with kids.
International travel can be an exciting and eye-opening experience for the entire family. However, navigating airport immigration, especially with toddlers and little kids, can be quite challenging. As a Filipino parent, it's crucial to be prepared and aware of the necessary steps and requirements to ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience. This comprehensive guide will cover everything you need to know, from airport etiquette to essential items to bring when traveling internationally with your little ones.

How to Go Through Airport Immigration with Kids

1. Prepare all travel documents
Before embarking on your international journey, ensure you have all the necessary travel documents, including passports, visas, and tickets. Double-check that all passports are valid and have at least six months before expiration. Keep these documents organized in a folder or travel wallet for easy access.
2. Familiarize yourself with airport procedures
Familiarize yourself with the airport layout, immigration process, and rules specific to the country you're visiting. Knowing what to expect will help you guide your kids through the process and minimize surprises that may cause delays.
3. Arrive early
Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight to allow ample time for check-in, security, and immigration. This will help you avoid unnecessary stress and ensure you have enough time to handle any unforeseen issues that may arise.
4. Keep your kids engaged
Prepare your kids for the immigration process by explaining what they can expect in simple terms. Bring along a favorite toy, book, or game to keep them entertained while waiting in line.
5. Dress appropriately
Ensure your kids are dressed comfortably and modestly, keeping in mind the cultural expectations of the country you're visiting. Dressing appropriately will help avoid drawing unnecessary attention to your family.
Are you excited? Don’t forget to pack these!

Things to Bring When Traveling Internationally with Toddlers and Little Kids

1. Snacks and drinks
Pack a variety of healthy snacks and drinks for your kids, as airport food can be expensive and may not cater to your child's preferences. Be mindful of liquid restrictions and pack snacks that can pass through airport security without issues.
2. Extra clothing
Bring extra clothes for your kids, including a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage. This will help ensure they are comfortable during the flight and prepared for any unexpected spills or accidents.
3. Travel-sized toiletries
Pack travel-sized toiletries, such as baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, and a small first-aid kit. These items will come in handy when dealing with inevitable messes and minor injuries.
4. Entertainment
Bring along age-appropriate entertainment, such as tablets, coloring books, and small toys. Keeping your kids entertained during long flights and layovers will help make the journey more enjoyable for everyone.
5. Comfort items
Don't forget to pack your child's favorite comfort items, such as a stuffed animal or blanket. These familiar items can help your child feel more secure and comfortable during the trip.
6. Your Child’s Yearbook
Just kidding!
Now that you know the things to bring to the airport, here are some tips to make sure everything goes smoothly once you’re there.

Airport Etiquette for Little Kids and Toddlers

1. Supervise your kids at all times
Keep a close eye on your children to ensure their safety and prevent them from disturbing other passengers. Teach your kids to respect personal space and avoid running or shouting in the airport.
2. Be mindful of others in line
While waiting in line for immigration or boarding, be aware of others around you. Keep your kids close and avoid blocking walkways or cutting in line.
3. Use headphones
Encourage your kids to use headphones when watching movies or playing games on their devices. This will help minimize noise and ensure a peaceful environment for other passengers.
4. Practice patience and understanding
Airport immigration can be a stressful and time-consuming process. Teach your kids the importance of patience and understanding while waiting in line. Encourage them to stay calm and polite during interactions with immigration officers and other airport staff.
5. Use designated play areas
Many airports have designated play areas for children. Utilize these spaces to allow your kids to release energy and stay entertained while waiting for your flight. This will help prevent them from disturbing other passengers in the boarding area.
6. Prepare for security checks
Explain the security check process to your kids in advance and ensure they understand the importance of cooperating with airport security personnel. Remove any metal objects, such as belts or jewelry, from your child's clothing to speed up the process.
7. Keep noise levels down
While it's natural for kids to be excited about their trip, remind them to keep their voices down and avoid making excessive noise in the airport. This will help create a more peaceful environment for other travelers.
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