Travelling with children in Moscow
Travelling in Moscow with children? Here are some tips on traveling with kids in Moscow, and also what to expect with the Moscow transport scene.
My parents took us everywhere on our active, independent travels: my mother was pregnant when we went pony trekking in the Himalayas. (If this sounds too adventurous, don’t worry – there are now plenty of well organised family-orientated holidays; just ask your travel agent.)
To stop traveling because of children is to miss a truly rewarding experience. We met a Dutch family in India who were travelling around the world in a converted bus. Taking a year out, their children studied and did homework via the Internet to their school back home.
Travelling in Moscow
The key is to be organised, then relax and enjoy your holiday. Children are resilient and take things in their stride. Plan your trip with interesting things for them to do and see, and don’t try to do too much each day (activities or long drives).
Travelling in Russia is not always easy. Taking public transport in Moscow, for example, isn’t convenient with a pram (it’s advisable to use a back-pack style carrier if possible), but it does create a good 'day out' feeling.
Generally, Russians are friendly and helpful towards families with young children and babies, and people do offer their seats. And airports here are quite basic, but children are usually happy plane-spotting.
Trains are comfortable: you can book a sleeper if traveling overnight and, during the day, business class seats are wide and some compartments have televisions.
There are plenty of parks around town in Moscow, which make for good detours. No matter where you are in the world, children will always find playmates – regardless of language.
Top tips on travelling with children
- When flying, order a children’s meal and play pack in advance (don’t take anything for granted, for exmaple some long flights only provide play packs on outgoing flights). Ask if they provide things like nappies and if your car seat can be taken on board (children prefer the comfort of their own belongings and you can then use your car seat on arrival).
- Book the front seats and bassinet if you have a baby. Depending on your children’s age and the airline, you may not have to buy a separate seat (but you may prefer to on a longer journey).
- Pack supplies in your hand luggage: milk, bottles, nappies, change of clothing, spare plastic bags etc..
- Always have drinks ready for your baby or children at take-off and landing: sucking helps with the changes in pressure.
- Leave plenty of time for check-in. Ask if the airport has a play area.
- Some airlines are better than others when dealing with families: ask friends for their experiences and recommendations.
- When driving, check the country’s legal requirements on car or booster seats.
- Pack the car sensibly: children’s bags should be easy to reach. Leave space to change nappies in the back seat if necessary.
- Ask your children regularly if they need to stop, to avoid accidents.
- Ask about travel vaccinations. Mothers may have to stop breast-feeding if both mother and child are vaccinated. Take plenty of baby milk and buy only bottled water (check the seal is still intact), sometimes even for cleaning teeth, if you’re traveling in less-developed countries.
Children In Moscow / Expatica
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