Selecting the right resort:- Gather information from videos, tour books, tourism boards, family travel experts, dive travel specialists and advertising.- Select a resort with activities geared to your child's age group.- Check on the variety of other water-sports, eco-tours, children's entertainment, kid's food, diapers and formula and the safety of the destination.After a destination is selected:- Get the kids excited about the trip. Rent books and videos, make a list of attractions that they want to see and profile resort activities they will be doing.- Look up location on map. Read a book on the local history. Get a CD of the region's music. Make a local dish.- Pack smart: Roll up each day's clothes with socks and underwear so you know you have complete outfits. Bring extra socks, sunscreen, hats, bug repellent, Chapstick, anti-bacterial wipes and a good first-aid kit. Bring two swimsuits so one can dry while the other is being worn.On the Trip:- Bring toys, books and puzzles for the child to play with on the plane.- Bring snacks -- pretzels, carrots, raisins and cereal bars all travel well. For younger kids, make sure to bring a ''sippy'' cup with lid or you will be wearing that soft drink on your Bermuda shorts, as the airlines do not provide lids. Gum is a good bet for pressure-induced earaches if the kids are old enough.- On long flights, toddler beds are available which fit under your feet. Snag those airline blankets and pillows or bring your own. At the Resort:- Make sure to get the type of room which fits families best - two bedrooms or one bedroom with pullout sofa. A microwave and refrigerator at minimum; a full kitchen is better.- Explore the resort and meet the staff. Get their recommendations on local restaurants and attractions. Make a family plan of activities.- Think about renting a car and exploring the area. It's an ideal way to meet the locals and have some great experiences outside of the resort.- Make sure to go to some nighttime activities where local music and entertainment is available.- Have fun! For More Information: For more about available kids dive vacations, click onto the Caribbean Adventures home page below.
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