In general, Iran is a safe country, but we provide you with some useful tips you should have in mind when traveling to this country. These tips can help you to have an enjoyable experience while you travel to Iran with children.
Iranians, love babies, especially blue-eyed blond ones, People of Iran love kids, and the way that showing their feelings is to hug and kiss them which can be annoying sometimes for foreigners. If you don’t like that let them know when they ask you for permission.
You can find the different types of baby food (foreign and local brands) in all cities, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the special brand you’re looking for. This can be an annoying problem if your child is used to a particular product. So, bring your desired brand extra.
In most cities the tap water is drinkable and bottled water is cheap and easy to find in every supermarket or even news kiosk.
Try to avoid crowded places. If you are not living in a populated city, your lack of experience makes it difficult for you. You have to spend a lot of energy and attention to be sure your kids are by your side and you are not able to enjoy these wonderful places.
If your children are on a certain medication, it is better to bring enough supply, as it might be difficult to find the exact brand in the country.
Dress Code for Kids
Iran has a unique dress code but it doesn’t apply to children. Men should avoid wearing shorts and women should cover their bodies and also their hair. Girls under nine years old do not need to cover their hair and young boys can wear shorts too.
It is recommended to have wipes and a roll of toilet paper with you. Although finding western-style toilets outside your hotel and especially on the roads is challenging. It is a good idea to familiarize your kids with squatting toilets.
Travel by plane or a private car
Iran’s roads are really scenic, but traveling by bus with children may take you the ability to enjoy these magnificent landscapes. Service stations and other roadside facilities are not well equipped. Travel by plane costs more but it’s worth the convenience.
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Best season to travel
The best time to visit Iran is spring and fall in most cities. Winters can get very cold not only in mountainous cities but also in desert cities too. And summer is hot especially in the south part of the country so have sunscreen and hat with you.
This may not be a problem in modern and mid-tier hotels, but budget accommodations may not be very well-equipped for families. For example, traditional hotels while are beautiful but don’t have elevators. So you’ll have trouble taking the stroller up and down.
Reading reviews on Trip Advisor or getting in touch with hotels is a good idea to make sure if they meet your requirements.
Don’t panic if your kid starts yelling or crying
In many countries, parents are ashamed when their kids start screaming in public, but children have a special place in Iranian culture, so keep calm and control them without worrying about people around you. Even they might offer to help you!
Iran has a diverse climate, before planning research about the weather. Keep in mind that some cities are located in hot and dry areas which makes the visit hard especially in summer.
Look both ways on the streets
As you getting close to the street, grab your kid’s hand stronger than you normally do to make sure they don’t suddenly runoff.
Jaywalking is common in Iran, but don’t be tempted and try to find footbridges and zebra crossings.
They are very common, so walk a few more to use them. When crossing the street, always look at both sides even if you are in a one-way street.
Be careful when walking on the sidewalk because motorcycle riders sometimes use the pavement to circumvent traffic or go up a one-way road.
Public baby changing areas are available in most places, such as restaurants, subway stations, and malls. However, most of them are located in the ladies’ room, so bear that in mind if you’re a father. But if you feel you are in need, just ask, Iranians will be more than happy to help you.
Diapers are found in all supermarkets, so don’t worry about that.
About breastfeeding in public, look around and find a quiet corner and try not to cause much attention. You can simply use your scarf to cover your body.
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Thank you very much for the useful information you published. My wife and I plan to travel to Iran with our two young children. Can you design a special travel package for our family?