Travelling with children isn't easy. Factoring a child’s needs into your travels involves a lot more than toting along some coloring books and making toilet stops. Summer is here and parents around Alberta are planning their vacations, so in an effort to make your travel not only stress-free, but actually enjoyable, we’ve shared some hard-won wisdom for travelling on Red Arrow luxury coaches with children:
1. Bring what you need
There’s nothing like embarking a long trip only to discover you left your daughter’s favorite stuffed animal, or your baby’s bottle at home. Plan ahead with a checklist to make sure you pack all the essentials, not only for you, but your children.
See how much luggage you’re allowed to take on board our coaches.
2. You can bring a car seat
If you wish to seat your child in their car seat next to you on board the motorcoach, you are welcome to do so. Please be aware that you will be required to pay the fare for the coach seat occupied by the child's car seat. Additionally, our motorcoaches are equipped with either lap belts, or 3 point seat belts and may not be compatible with all car seats. If the car seat is not being used it must be placed in the freight bins.
3. If they’re unaccompanied…
Sending your child to visit grandma? With Red Arrow Coach’s Unaccompanied Child Program, your kids can travel safely, giving you peace of mind. But before you see them off, please make sure your child meets the below requirements:
- Unaccompanied children must be 6-12 years of age, inclusive.
- Children UNDER the age of six must be accompanied by someone 13 years or older.
- A MAXIMUM of three children per family will be allowed to travel before adult supervision is required. When three unaccompanied children are traveling together, the oldest child must be AT LEAST 10 years old.
For more on our Unaccompanied Child Program, click here.
4. There’s WiFi
A busy and happy child makes for a relaxing and quiet trip. On Red Arrow, you’re in luck — all our luxury coaches are fully equipped with complimentary WiFi! So pack any and all of your kid’s electronic devices that’ll keep them busy and comfortable during the trip.
5. Be courteous
When you travel with Red Arrow you travel with a growing community of friends, and that means getting along and helping each other have the best travel experience possible. A smile, courtesy, and good manners go a long way to make every trip a pleasant journey.
Being courteous of those around you includes wearing headphones when listening to music or playing games, keeping your voice down on personal phone calls, and being mindful of personal hygiene. Please click here for more friendly tips on etiquette.
6. There are snacks and beverages on board
Red Arrow is proud to offer complimentary snacks and beverages on board all our coaches. While we think our selection is quite good, you may want to bring your own snacks for you and your children, especially if anyone has special dietary concerns or food allergies.
7. Things to bring with you:
Red Arrow seats all have fold down tables, so don’t forget your kid’s games, comics, coloring books, etc. Additionally, thanks to toddler-friendly apps, there’s no need to cram an entire toy box into your carry-on luggage. By all means take a book and any must-haves, but the most compact form of entertainment is a device loaded with apps and games.
8. All coaches are equipped with a lavatory
Even when you suggest they go before the trip begins, it’s inevitable that at one point during the trip, your child will need to go. All Red Arrow coaches are equipped with a lavatory for those last minute bathroom emergencies.
9. Kid’s bikes can be transported on the coach
If your trip includes outdoor activities such as biking, you’re welcome to transport them with you on the coach! Bikes are only accepted from our Fort McMurray Ticket Office, Edmonton Ticket Office, Downtown Calgary Ticket Office, and our Downtown Lethbridge Ticket Office. The fee is $10, and in an effort to protect our passengers' luggage, the bike must either:
- Be packed inside a cardboard box
- Be wrapped in bubble wrap or a blanket that is securely fastened
10. There are onboard movies
Among many great features, one of our favorites is that all of our coaches include onboard movies, free of charge! Although all Red Arrow movies are edited for content, some movies may not be appropriate for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Successfully pulling off a great family vacation requires a lot of planning, patience, and effort. While you’ll get better the more you do it, take some time before you leave to brush up on our top ten tips for travelling with children (and keeping your sanity).
Allow Red Arrow to transport you and your family safely to your final destination — book your summer trip now!