Why You Need a Medical Consent Letter Before Traveling without Kids

Meg James | Founder of Go and Do Good®

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Save this travel tip before you head out of the country without your minor-aged children.

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Heading to a tropical island without kids for the very first time? Don't forget to secure this important medical document before leaving your children at home with caregivers.

A Medical Consent Letter is an official document obtained by a visit to a pediatrician or through drafting your own copy and having it notarized by a notary public. On this document, the traveling couple should lay out clear expectations for medical care for their children of minor age prior to leaving the country. A few of the things that should be included on this form are:

  • Children's pediatrician, dentist, eye doctor, allergist contact information and addresses
  • Your parental consent for unplanned surgeries or medical procedures to be allowed

Why does this matter?

If you leave your children in the hands of caregivers, having this official form in place can help provide peace in knowing that your children are cared for in any possible unexpected medical care situation.

In addition to securing this document for international travel, it may be essential to have this letter created for domestic travel that will take you to a different time zone (ex: Hawaii) or to a location in the U.S. that is remote with less cell phone service (ex: national parks).

Have you ever considered obtaining a Medical Consent Letters for your minors before you traveled with your significant other?

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Hi! I'm Meg James. My family of four loves traveling the world and staying at hotels that give back to charities, ministries and their local communities. We try to serve in the local community when traveling. I share family travel tips to help your family travel easier. We call Greenville, SC home.

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