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Travelling requirements for a long-haul child ride
After my daughters birth, I learnt at last to grab lights - at least for myself, with only a tiny bit of the case remaining, after I had put in everything she might need. A few more items, just in case. But for the nerve-wracking first few trips - the very first, the first long-haul flight, the first longdistance flight alone - the knowledge that there was a backup schedule made me think more calmly about the trip.
Doubtful that I would have thought that when she turned five I would be heading for a long-haul Asian plane with something like casualness. However, with each journey I have learnt more about what is really essential for a long-haul child flight...and how to reclaim a little more baggage room for yourself by keeping the remainder at home.
When I think back to those babies after John Lewis dared me to find my advice for anyone who approached his first long-haul trip with a child, I realized that it was often the little things that made the greatest difference. What I did was to make a big impression on my child. Big acquisitions like cribs, pushchairs and automobile seatings would have taken their moments, but when I was sitting on my airplane or watching my little girl try to get to the shore, those weren't the handy things I needed.
For example, a Baby Carrier was valuable in terms of its golden value. While you can usually take your stroller to the aircraft gates, you seldom get it back before your luggage is checked out - with pockets, immigrant lines and a weary toddler, my arm could not have handled it otherwise. Doing it again, I'd be looking for more battery-powered devices or those with chargers - instead of fumbling around blocks of connectors and adaptors around a poorly placed outlet: The Gro Hush Whitemale Noise Calmer has led us through flight and bedtime in abundance, while the Pabobo Super Nomade Night Light recharges super fast and is rugged enough to be put in a pocket.
Playing with a playful animal such as a pilot to distract you in the airplane, playing in the bathroom or swim in the lake, washing out your toilet and cleaning up after a hard working work. Happyland series is flat, sandy and watertight in equal measure. Fingers and glove boxes are a constant stream of entertainment, while fabric booklets help make carry-on baggage easier (although labels and folders should also be on the list).
Galt Water Magic series means that even the little ones can paint without unintentionally embellishing the airplane, while as soon as we passed the "Everything goes in my mouth" phase, magnetic plays prevented me from rummageing around on the ground every two min. And if I did it again, I wouldn't be relying on a few bags of Calpol in my carry-on baggage - teeth can start in no time at all, so a well-stocked first-aid kit is always at the family's fingertips.
If things don't always go according to schedule, every plane has to end... at some point.