Family Travel Question:
Q | What documents/information do teens need to travel independently ?
My daughter and son are traveling to Italy by themselves. They are 18 and 15 and flying into Rome (FCO). What documents/information do they need to travel?,
A | Documents for solo teen travellers.
What a great adventure for your teens. I’ve put together a list of documents and information that I can think of; sorry if there is something I miss. All important cards and documents should be photocopied and carried separately to the original. Put copies into an A4 ring binder to keep neat and tidy. Also it is really easy to scan all documents, cards and tickets and send to an email address e.g. gmail email account as google documents; then even if everything is lost then those details can be easily retrieved anywhere in the world
- Firstly and most importantly they will need a valid passport.
- If they are students then they may need an international student card.
- If they are staying in hostels then an international hostel card is a good idea.
- Extra passport photos are required at times.
- A comprehensive list of their itinerary; accommodation details; flights/trains/buses that are booked. They should both have a copy of all of these things and keep them separated in case one set gets lost.
- Your 15 year old child may need written permission to leave the country with someone other than a parent. I am not familiar with USA laws so I can not comment on this accurately.
- A comprehensive list of contact details of family and friends in USA for keeping in contact with people and for emergencies.
- A list of contact details in Italy.
- A letter from their doctor if they are carrying any prescription medicine.
- Travel insurance details.
- Credit card numbers and details on how to contact the credit card company if anything happens to the card.
- If using travelers checks, then the numbers should be recorded separately to the checks in case they are stolen.
- Travel with an adequate amount of Euros for when they arrive in Italy preferably in small denomination notes. Remind your children to keep cash in neck pouch under clothes, not over their shirts like I see frequently in Europe.
Hope this list helps you out and your teens have a wonderful time in Italy without you!