I ordered the shoes from my last vacation prep post – I can’t wait for them to come! (I ended up going with the Silver because the white wasn’t in stock in my size, because I know you were concerned).
Now I have been focusing some serious attention on this whole transatlantic flight situation.
First issue is going to be getting her through the body scanner at the airport. Do they make little kids go through that, even? It is a bizarre experience having to stand in the little box with your arms over your head…..
We fly from the US to Italy in the evening/night - my biggest concern here is helping G fall asleep on the plane. I am going to pack her a small pillow, a favorite blanket, jammies and of course her lovies and binky in hopes of a relatively easy transition into slumberland after dinner on the plane.
Any other tips you may have for sleep on a plane? She is NOT one to sleep anywhere other than her crib or her car seat, so it could get tricky.
We of course, are brining entertainment supplies. Color wonder markers/paper, sticker book & crayons, My Liittle Ponies (she gets a new one for the plane trip), princesses (she is really into pretending lately, so hopefully it will be a quiet activity for the plane) and a few small books. Plus my iPhone and/or an iPad borrowed from a friend. My only issue here is that she won’t keep headphones on her head or in her ears…. any tips there?
Now…. on the way home… we are leaving Spain during the day, have 2 connections and holy hell are we all going to be exhausted. This is the trip that REALLY concerns me. I am going to seriously need advice here from anyone that has done this before. Fingers crossed she just falls asleep once we take off, but it is really just going to be a very long travel day.
Also – do you do anything special to help them handle the time change? A 2 year old, as we know, has no concept of time really to begin with - so maybe I don’t even need to worry about it?
The other thing we MUST bring is food. Miss Picky-Pants surely won’t eat the airline provided meal and she probably won’t eat much when we are in Venice for 2 days or out on our excursions since eggo waffles are more than likely not on the menu….. I am planning on bringing a box of granola bars, applesauce (checking this in my luggage…still not sold on how this is going to be successful), smucker’s waffles, gummies, goldfish (or some kind of trail mix), maybe cheerios and that is probably all. Suckers last time were nothing but a nasty, germy, sticky toy – so I am considering just leaving those at home.
Everyone in my family will be packing diapers for me, obviously we will have wipes. Also these handy dandy dirty diaper bags that don’t stink. In addition to children’s Tylenol I was thinking of brining some Mylanta (G still has some stomach issues) just in case.
We are taking our Chicco lightweight stroller. Considering some kind of a leash (OMG I can’t believe I just typed that), but G is a good hand-holder when she isn’t losing her mind exhausted.
What am I forgetting that I could possibly need in a foreign country? Anything particular I should know about getting her through customs without incident? Mike and I have only traveled internationally once, and that was almost 5 years ago on our honeymoon.
I am POSITIVE this trip is going to be out-of-this-world-awesome, and that my very schedule oriented toddler will do fantastically. Feeling so blessed to be able to take her somewhere I have waited my whole life to see!!