2. Food and health
An appointment with your doctor before departure will dispel any doubts you may have. You should know that you can travel in Asia with children without any worries by simply following a few rules and your own common sense. It is important to ensure you all have had all the right vaccinations. Most countries don't require them (apart from the compulsory ones you will have already had at home), especially if you don’t plan on venturing into more remote places.
A few precautions can also prevent annoyances like food poisoning, during your trip. We advise that you avoid drinking tap water and always ask for water without ice in restaurants. Avoid spicy food if you are not accustomed to it (it is worth specifying this as spices may be part of the local cuisine). Avoid places that look empty and look for places where the locals eat! When there's a queue at the door it's usually a very good sign!
In Southeast Asia, temperatures are very hot and can vary during the day, sometimes reaching very high peaks. Remember to always have a bottle of water with you and wear hats during the day if you plan on being in the sun for extended periods.
3. What to pack
Travel light! You'll be in a tropical climate almost everywhere all year round. Don’t bother with coats, big jumpers or jeans and instead, opt for light-weight clothing which will take up less space in your suitcase and can easily be washed (opt for local launderettes) and is suitable for wet weather. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent are essentials.
If you're travelling with young children, always take a baby carrier rather than a buggy. Asian pavements can be quite trying and a buggy won’t cope well with potholes or crowds. In supermarkets, you can find potties and nappies, but if you have a favourite brand it's better to take them with you. The quality of the products you will find isn't always the same.
Top tip: Take a cot with you for your little ones. They're often hard to find even in mid-range hotels. Make a photocopy of your passport before leaving to ensure that even if you lose anything, you will still be able to make it home when the time comes.