We are just about to go away for a week in Ireland (a very rainy week by the forecast), but regardless, I am super excited for some family time with my peeps. I am less excited about the packing and preparation that goes into traveling with a toddler however…
Making lists – I start to think about what I want to do, wash, or pack around a week before. Various lists appear on scraps of paper or my phone in the vain hope that I can remember it all. Gone are the days of my last minute packing!
The ‘helper’ – the piles of clothes I place neatly to pack becomes the target of my daughter’s helpfulness. Sometimes they are put back in the drawer but most of the time they are just strewn across her bedroom. Thanks, love!
THE CATCHPHRASE – Wherever we are headed, my husband is guaranteed to say his trusty catchphrase or ‘we’re not going to a third-world country after all’. He of course means that anything we forget can usually be purchased easily once we arrive. It’s a good job, because…
Forgetting to check the list – Having worked through and ticked off most of my list items, I inevitably forget to check it at the last minute and end up heading to Boots to pick something up.
Packing the case – By the time I have packed numerous clothes changes, swimming costumes, footwear for all occasions, raincoats, and all of the teddies we need to take, there is no room left in the case for my stuff.
The iPad – Possibly the most important thing we need to do is charge the iPad (or phone)! It’s a lifesaver for waiting around or in-flight entertainment. Good old Peppa…
Traveling times – No matter how hard we try to book a flight or choose a time to drive, it will never be ideal for the sleep or eating routine and we’ll face the consequences later on.
All ready to leave… And there’ll be an emergency. We forgot the teddies! We forgot the food bag! Or we ALL need a wee now.
Airport swag – No longer do I plan classy traveling outfits. My airport swag is now something that is comfy and won’t show dribbles or dropped food, and my hand luggage will almost certainly include a Trunki.
Food, food and more food – I pack endless snacks for my child but as soon as I have bought myself something in Starbucks, the toddler eats it.
Making memories – No matter how bad the prep is, the moment we start making holiday memories with our little lady erases all of the stress and we can actually just settle into enjoying our time together.
Happy holidays to fellow Mummies and Daddies.