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Travel Tips for Traveling to Sri Lanka with Infants or Toddlers

by: Angela Walker

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Actress Helen Hayes once said, “When travelling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.”

No truer words have been spoken with it comes to travelling with an infant or toddler.

Compound that with an average flight time of 10.5 hours from London to Sri Lanka and you need all the help that you can get.

Make the most of your trip to Sri Lanka with these simple tips to help you navigate all the steps from air travel to attractions.

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Getting there:

The flight can be quite lengthy whether you are traveling from the U.K. or the U.S. and will more-than-likely involve changing planes. If you can, take an overnight flight so that most of your travel time is spent sleeping. Pack loads of snacks and an iPad or electronic device to watch movies at your fingertips at any time. Lastly, ask for a bulkhead seat to ensure you have plenty of room for you or your little one to squirm.

Sri Lanka has three international airports two of which are located in Colombo–Bandaranaike International Airport and Ratmalana Airport, The third is Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in the district of Hambantota. Most travelers fly into Colombo since most major airlines do as well. If you find yourself in Colombo for a bit and waiting to check-in at your hotel, take the time to let your kids unleash their energies at Viharamahadevi Park or grab a quick bite at the cozy eatery, Mitsi’s Delicacies.

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Consider itinerary:

Before planning a trip to Sri Lanka with a baby or small children, consider the bulk of activities that you will want to experience with them. For instance, if you plan on hiking Ella to Little Adam’s Peak, or taking in the views of the Namunukula Mountain Range, you will want your kids to be up for the challenge of experiencing it as well. Not to mention you can’t really take a pram along a mountainside. Well, at least you wouldn’t want to try. It’s recommend to hire a guide and if you decide to go for it, use a baby sling or some sort of carrier instead of a pram. Or, you can enjoy all the hotel or resort amenities offered and stay put on one of the many stretches of warm surf and sand. 

The Elephant Orphanage located in Pinnewala will certainly be an experience that your toddlers will never forget. The orphanage is one of only a few in the world where Additionally, Colombo is a major city with access to hospitals and the calmest and most famous beach, Hikkaduwa, where toddlers can frolic in calmer waters and smaller waves.

What to bring:

While you don’t want to overpack, you also don’t want to leave home without certain items either.  If you do decide to bring a pram, bring the
smallest and lightest one possible. Chances are, you will not be using it very often. Instead, it’s best to have a carrier that mum or dad can wear.  Bring along car seats and booster seats and check them along with your pram at the gate of your airline. If your child has allergies, is on a special diet, or takes a bottle, bring those items in a backpack or carry on.

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If you happen to run out of any of these items, there is a Mothercare store in Colombo (7 , Duplication Road, Colombo 5) that sells at the supplies such as diapers, bottles, powdered milk and other baby and toddler essentials. Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to pack a round 3 pin (230 voltage) power adapters to charge your gadgets.

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