From our perspective, travel insurance for babies is a must.  If you’ve long been a traveller, you’ll appreciate it’s worth its weight in peace of mind alone.  With a baby, it’s doubly, no, triply true.

Of course, travel insurance never feels like it’s cheap, until it saves your ass in a time of crisis. But really, the only thing worse than something happening while you’re away with bub is something happening and it leaving you stranded, sick or in debt as a result.  Trust us, you’ll feel much happier insured.

Travel insurance for babies is often free.

Remember, most insurers will allow you to add your kids to your adult travel insurance policy for nix.  The only thing to watch out for are any pre-existing conditions your child has.  If your baby has been sick or seeing a doctor for anything ongoing, you must, must, must get that approved by the insurer as a pre-existing condition.  If you don’t, they won’t be covered if the situation flares up while you’re away.  Don’t skimp on this, and remember you may need to provide a letter from your GP or specialist so get organised on insurance early.

Remember too, if you’ll be travelling regularly, buy a multi-trip or annual policy.  Not only will you save significant money, but you’ll only have to go through the process once.

If anything goes wrong on the road, call your insurer asap to find out what you need to do.  You may need a police report to claim lost or stolen property. Your insurer may also have a position on what health steps you should take if someone is ill.

Remember too it’s quite nice to travel with a baby first aid kit. Of course, in a real emergency, that’s not going to save the day, but it’s a great item to have with you.

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Aussie journalist, travel writer and founder of Sue White has always been a traveller. When her son was born, Sue knew her travel itch would still need regular scratching. But how do you travel with a baby under one and still have a good time? Is it even possible? Where do busy new parents discover practical tips to support those first few trips? To find out, Sue and her baby son travelled both Australia and Europe doing house sits and house swaps; cat sitting and car journeys; took on 24 hours flights and short domestic jaunts; travelled with friends, solo and family members; and cycled, drove, flew and train-ed around seven countries, all before his first birthday. Learn more about Sue.