12 things to help prepare your toddler for a comfortable and entertaining long haul flight!
Hello to all my readers,
Welcome back to Blind Intuition. Today is the day we endure a 23 hour flight from Melbourne, Australia to Rome, Italy. Did I tell you we also have an almost 15 month old toddler in tow? Add the fact that I am legally blind and it is our first big family holiday, we are sure to have a challenging, yet exciting adventure. I am so excited that I feel like I am a child waiting for Santa at Christmas again. We will be in Rome for four nights, then travelling by train to Venice for two nights before flying to Paris, France for three nights. We then head to Edinburgh, Scotland for six nights where we will also be attending my brother Alex and Fiancee Julie’s wedding at Balbirnie House. I don’t know why they call it a house…It looks like a castle! We will then be flying home from Glasgow back to Melbourne. And yes…all with a toddler!
I have been doing some research and I also asked my followers on my Facebook page on how to get by on a long haul flight and entertain a toddler. After much thought and plenty of practice travelling interstate, I think I have it organised to a T. My husband just needs to just do as I say and we will all be OK for the flight! After all, I am the one who has travelled with Archer on my own many times interstate. Last time I travelled with Cameron, he lost his boarding pass so I think I should be boss for this part of the trip! So here is my advice on what to pack for entertainment and essentials for comfort for your toddler.
At the airport:
1. We have packed a middle of the range Veebee stroller. We didn’t want a crap one, but sturdy and light enough to get us round the airport and the streets of Rome, Venice, Paris and Edinburgh. Our flight Emirates will let us take the stroller to the gate and we will put in on the plane just before we board. 2. For our stop over in Dubai, we have our Ergobaby carrier which we will use on our backs- link or 3. a Playette Harness Buddy harness with a lead so Archer can walk and have independence while we are still in control. The harness has a puppy on the back which he is quite fond of.
What to pack for on the flight?
4. Archer and I are sharing a carry on suit case. The one we had in our cupboard has been useless in the past because it is not a deep one as it has two halves. It is more of a business suitcase, but perfect for Archer and I on a long haul flight. I have spare clothes, bibs and nappies in one half, toys in the other half and my laptop and iPad in the laptop section.
5. Small light toys including match box cars, figurines and a variety of board books. I have packed a set of animal cards as well.
6. My iPad is loaded with The Wiggles and In The Night Garden. This might give us 10 minutes of peace.
7. This is a must! We are dressing him in his pyjamas for comfort but also have a travel ErgoPouch sleeping bag. It is a 1.0 TOG for the warm weather and also converts from the bag to separate legs so he can easily be put in the back pack, walk or in the pram. This, I would recommend to every parent!
8. Archer’s cot pillow for the bassinet. Enough said.
9. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and bonjella just in case he is cutting a tooth or has sore ears.
10. A YumBox with snacks. I kept it simple and easy. I pre prepared some snacks early in the week and froze them. Cheese and chive mini muffins, chocolate bliss balls, crackers, Vegemite sandwiches, grapes and crackers. Simple food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. See Yum Box ideas and also a link to where you can purchase them.
11. Water and bottles. These sipper cups are the best for people with low vision or who are blind. They have a lid that stays attached so no lost lids. The straw has a magnet on the end so no matter how the toddler holds it, the magnet moves with the water.
12. A blanket and his favourite soft toy Mr Fox for comfort if needed.
Hopefully these ideas will help you on your long haul flight. We booked a flight at 9.30 pm which is slightly later than Archer’s bed time, so hopefully he will sleep half of the first leg. As prepared as I am, I am not in control of how Archer will cope or take it. We will go with the flow. I am aiming to stay calm and not get anxious so that I don’t make a drama of everything. Archer is a great little traveller and hopefully he will take it in his stride.
So for now, I will say goodbye to board my flight. Keep an eye on my instagram, and Facebook page for updates about our travels. Archer loves to play games like incy wincy spider, round and round the garden, clapping hands and singing songs and peekaboo. I am sure this will entertain him too!