Travelling Roversi #1

As of Friday, myself, the husband and Mini R will be travelling to Australia at the end of July for two and a half weeks. Currently I can’t decide whether to be excited or terrified.

Firstly, why are we going? Well my childhood friend KW moved out there a fair few years ago and I’ve always promised I’d go visit her. After having Mini R it got to a point where I felt like if we didn’t go this year then we’d never go, as we wanted more children, so we’ve bit the bullet (so to speak) and booked it. The other bonus is that my brother, SIL and nephew and niece live in New Zealand so I’m hoping he’ll make a short trip to Oz to see us.

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Stole this from my friends Facebook. Can you believe she lives here? How beautiful!

Why am I excited and terrified? Obviously I’m excited because I will be going on holiday, I will see my friend, her hubby and kids, I will see family and I will get to experience another country. I’m terrified because I’m taking a TODDLER to THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD! Not only that, it’s going to be Mini R’s FIRST EVER flight. Don’t do things by halves, do we?!

Currently, my main worries lie with the flights because being there will be fine. I know I’m just going to have to “go with the flow” but I’m a planner so therefore not very good and being “flow-y”.

Thoughts crossing my mind:

  • What if Mini R is scared of flying and cries consistently?
  • What if it mucks up his great bedtime/naptime routine?
  • How do I keep a 2 year old (which he will be when we go) occupied for such a long time in a confined place like a plane?
  • What if I can’t sleep and I get grumpy?
  • What if my toddler can’t sleep, because he’s not in his lovely bedroom with blackout blinds, and he’s a pain in the arse because he’s tired which causes everyone on the plane to hate us?
  • Will I get my buggy back in-between flights?
  • What if me and the hubby get grumpy with each other because we’re tired? (My husband isn’t great at staying awake when tired and I’m worried he’ll fall asleep and I’ll me left dealing with Mini R the whole time.)
  • Is it worth getting a Trunki?
  • What do I need to pack in hand luggage for such a long flight?

Honestly, the list is endless! I cannot wait to be there but the flights are already stressing me out and we’re not going for another five months! I’ve named this post #1 because I have a feeling there will be more!

Any advice or answers to my questions would be awesome! 🙂 Comment below or find me on Facebook and Twitter

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  4. I know exactly how you feel. I have travelled to Peru with just my eldest daughter when she was 8 months, then almost 2 years, then more than 3 years and the last trip was last year when she was almost 5 years old together with my second daughter that was 8 months old. We have also do short flights around Europe. My main advice will be to bring snacks with you, lots of entertaining (a tablet with games, movies and tv shows like Cbeebies, lots of sticker activities, colouring books, books, some small toys, etc). Don’t give it to him all in one. Use the surprise factor which amuses them. Work it out how long the flight will be so you then find out how much entertaining you actually need. I’ve never flown to Australia before, so not sure what options of timings for the flights you have but in my case we always choose the overnight flights so my girls tend to be ready to bed so they sleep longer than when your flight is during the day. Try to follow his routine and when you are reaching your destination try to adapt him to the new times so his routine will not be all over the place. You can use your buggy when changing planes. I don’t have a trunki but I will recommend it. I have seen other children and they love it. I would like one actually. You have plenty of time to get things organised and do all your research. And especially to get mentally prepared which is very important. Maybe rest before you fly just in case you won’t be able to sleep much in the plane so at least you are rested. You will be fine. It is so exciting and I’m sure you will have so much fun. Ahh prepare for the jetlack!! Lol Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

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    • Thank you so much for all your advice! I will definitely be referring to it nearer to the time! Our first flight is at 4:10 our time for 7 hours so I’m hoping I can get him sleeping some of that and the beginning of the next. Xx

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  5. Silly Mummy says:

    I understand the worry – I find traveling stressful & hate flying, so I’d be a wreck – but I’m sure that it will be totally fine and you’ll have a fantastic time! #KCACOLS

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  6. The Pramshed says:

    You will be absolutely fine, it’s great that you have all these questions now so you can work through them in the next 5 months. I know two sets of friends who travelled with a toddler and new born to Oz they survived by taking a new activity for the toddler to do every hour. For the baby you may need to cover the bassinet with muslins to block out the light for then to sleep. You’ll have a great trip and be a pro traveller at the end of it. We have a short flight to Spain in June, and I have pretty much the same questions as you. Claire X #KCAKOLS

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  7. Good luck. I would say yes to the the trunki and take plenty of activities. Like games, sticker books, crayons etc. #KCACOLS

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  8. Coombe Mill says:

    I hope it all works out for you and you have a wonderful time catching up with your friend and family. We’ve never been to Austrailia but have been to New Zealand, but only pre kids so no advise to give, I just hope it’s an easy flight for you. #KCACOLS

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  9. What if all that happens? You’ll still have the most amazing holiday and memories to look back on. My tip is to concentrate on all the positive things and not the flight, which in any situation is not going to be the best part of the holiday (I hate flying but love travelling abroad – if that makes sense?). Having done some long flights with little ones, I recommend taking a tablet/ iPad ; )

    Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars xx

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  10. Haven’t done a flight I’m afraid but good luck – you’ll have a wonderful time! How about going on pinterest to look for ideas for busy bags?? xx

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