Leaving your children home and traveling without kids can be stressful. If you are traveling without kids, there are a number of things to consider. This checklist provides you with a place to start planning. Planning will reduce the stress associated with your upcoming trip and also allow you to enjoy the trip.


  • Who will stay with your kids?
  • Will they stay at your home or the caretaker’s home?
  • Does the school or other activities require permission to release your child to the caretaker?
  • Also pull together a list of emergency contacts: family, friends, etc. for the caretaker.
  • Finally, pull together information on where you will be staying and how to reach you.

Activities / Agenda

  • Do your kids attend activities that they will need to be taken to while you are away?
  • Consider preparing a calendar or agenda for each day of activities and commitments. Include names of leaders, addresses and phone numbers for each activity.
  • Additionally, does your child have any school projects that will be due while you are away?


  • Consider executing a document authorizing the caretaker to obtain medical care during your absence.
  • Do you have a Will in place naming guardians? If not, consider writing a Will naming guardians to raise your children should something happen.
  • Also consider including a trust in your Will that provides guidelines for distributions of your children’s inheritance.

We work with individuals and families developing estate plans to include naming guardians for minor children, medical authorizations and creating trusts. To discuss your specific case, call us today at (678)781-9230 or email us at sgrissom@grissomlawfirm.com to schedule an appointment.


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