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Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Travelling Survival Series Part 1- The Planning

Seems like everyone is taking a trip this Summer be it a quick camping trip, week long road trip or a 4 hour flight like us- it takes a fair amount of planning on the parental part and even then there is no guarantee it will go off without a hitch (or a few!). 

Here's what's on my list so far(please tell me what I have forgotten!)

Big things- Stroller, Car seat, play pen, carry on (back pack- so I can carry Abby with it) and one suitcase (checked). Manageable- I hope so!

My biggest worry is keeping Abby entertained on the flight, I know she will have an inevitable scream at some point but you know.. the less the better. 

I Bringing one these- not sure which one would be better yet though the Green toys Stacker on the right made from 100% recycled milk jugs or the made in Germany wooden stacking bowls

They will both be a new toy which I think is key in keeping any child entertained a little longer and I am planning to pack some little Os that can be filled and dumped into the cups. I'll even let her fill them with water if it keeps her happy and quiet.

Next, for the flight is the organic cotton sling- In all honesty she is getting too big for it these days but I figure if she falls asleep (hah!) then I can tuck her into it and have my arms or at least one free for a bit. If I have to go to the bathroom, (I really hope not!), I'll be able to bring her in the sling and then when we get off the plane at our destination I will be able to use it until I can get her into the stroller at the odd ball size baggage claim.
My real plan though- Food, Food and more Food! All the packaged (ahem crap) that she never gets that Grandma buys around here. So far I have in the backpack stonewheat thins, some packaged organic cookies, and some (far too much plastic) individually package strawberry flavoured rice cakes, and an empty sippy cup to be filled on the plane. Actually I plan to buy my first bottle of water in a long time once we get through security just in case we need water- NOW- at some point.

Oh and can't forget to bring a ridiculous amount of soothers because no matter how many we start the day with by bedtime I'm always searching! I have already started searching the house to collect them. (I can't be the only one with this problem!)
Maybe a Binky Bib too just to keep one where we can see it!

A Smart mama told me to pack Abby extra clothes, of course, but what I hadn't thought of was packing an extra set for myself in case of the worst, in the carry on (back pack).
Even though Abby's a little young (15 months) for markers I'm bringing these and a notebook because she loves to scribble with pens- especially on the floor but we'll try to keep it to the notebook. For older kid, I would bring crayons, modeling dough, and markers just to mix it up a bit.
The netbook packed with a bunch of Dora and any other show that stands a chance at holding her attention. I still have to pick up some mini sized over the ear headphones (it's worth a shot- right?) and get a friend tofigure out how to get movies on a netbook with no disc drive..

An Large Size Itzy Ritzy Wet Happened? Wet Bag too.

What Else?
  • Blankets (Abby always snuggles into them to sleep and it's a bit of comfort)
Please tell me what I am forgetting! comment below!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 10 Must Haves for Summer!

#10 Green Toys Dump Truck Made from Recycled Milk Jugs in California. Great in the backyard!

#9 Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened? Reusable Snack Bags for packing up lunch or munchies on your summer journeys and camp days

#8 Organic Cotton Baby Legs for light UV protection under dresses or shorts

#6 Green Toys Sand Play Set- Gotta Have this set for the beach!

#5 Momma Goose Sun Defense (Zinc Based) Naturally protect from the sun!
Made in our hometown of Victoria, BC

Super fast drying, makes a great summer outfit!

Hydrate without the metal taste and plastic toxins!
with wide brim for great protection

#1 Don't forget to take photos, relish in the late evenings, enjoy your kids, family and friends and take a few minutes to yourself this summer!