9.17.2007

T-Minus Whatever and Freaking Out

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Here's the scoop: we are preparing to leave on a jet plane Thursday morning for a short vacation in Maine. We will be staying with Scott's aunt and uncle. It will be nice to spend some time with them and do some sightseeing. I really don't know what to expect. This worries me. I'm freaking out about flying with A.; about packing appropriate clothing/layers/shoes for a completely different climate; about what we will be doing while we're there; and mildly freaking out about the Maine Coast Half on Sunday.

Yes, I have control issues.

Here's the other thing: I am thinking about packing, thinking about shopping for last minute necessities, etc. But, I. HAVEN'T. ACTUALLY. DONE. ANYTHING (except blogging about these thoughts). See, I really do have a serious procrastination issue too.

So, friends...any advice? What do you pack to entertain a 4 year old on an airplane? What does a girl pack for a trip to Maine? Without bringing the whole closet, of course. Any and all travelling tips will be appreciated.

15 comments:

  1. Here's one thing I did with Chloe when she was younger. (Her only plane flight she remembers.) I bought a small toy, I believe it was a "My Little Pony" set and gave it to her on the plane. She didn't know I had it, and it kept her busy. Any new Polly Pockets out there that A. doesn't have??

    I hope you guys have a great trip. It sounds like fun, I would love to go to Maine.

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  2. P.S. She still talks about that Pony, to this day. And I think she was only 2 or 3.

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  3. "Ditto" to all the comments above. For the flights my kids have taken to go see my family up north I've always bought some new toy to pull out right before the trip--books, dolls, whatever doesn't have a whole lot of small parts that can drop on the floor of the plane while she's playing with it. If its a new toy, the kids are less likely to get tired of it early (ha!--isn't it amazing how quickly kids get tired of things?) Since we've always flown around Christmas time to see my dad, sometimes I would just bring the heaviest coat they had at the time and go to Wal-mart/Target, whatever's cheap up there and get some heavier clothes if I needed it, depending on the weather. Hope you guys have a great trip!!

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  4. Do you have a portable DVD player that she can pack some movies???

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  5. In the clothes department, you'll definitely need a jacket or coat and some closed toe shoes, in case it's colder than you expect. Oh, and some long sleeves and pants, obviously. As for entertainment, new and special toys/books/treats, etc. is always good. Works for us. Good luck and have fun! *B

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  6. Definitely bring some new toys for a surprise on the plane. And I'd bring warm clothes this time of year. Have fun!!!

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  7. don't worry... it will all be fine. for the plane, definitely take some new toys, a couple of books, some snacks. my kids love dvds, so we always have a portable dvd player, although lately we've started downloading movies to our ipods, and just using that. i've also found a great airplane harness that turns the waist belt into a five point harness. (read about it HERE. it's cutting it close, but you could order it next day air. once you are in the air there isn't much to stress about. you can always buy something when you get there, if it ends up being to cold. good luck at the half marathon!

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  8. DVD player. That's the magic for my kids. GET ONE, it's worth the money. Trust me.

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  9. My dear Holly, I think I might have a few helpful tips for you! When I fly with the girls, I usually buy dollar store toys/paper/pens/stickers they haven't seen before - something new. I put them in a plastic bag, paper bag, small box - something to keep the pieces in and bring out a "new" toy every hour -or when they start to get out of control. A DVD is very helpful - although, when they were younger, they couldn't quite handle the whole headphone thing. Lots of snacks. When we travel I bring along a small photobook with lots of pictures from "home" to look through. I usually print them from the computer small size. I don't get to the print store much. Montreal is a bit higher than Maine, and our weather has been in the 60'-70's. Bring long pants and a couple sweaters for layers. Especially since you're used to Texas weather. Have fun and sorry for the enormous comment!

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  10. Missed you guys on Sunday! I was hoping to see you. I am free by the way to travel to Maine as your Nanny. I could help with all that sight seeing and leaf seeing and whatever else you need. What a fun trip! Don't stress about it. Whatever you forget just go to Walmart in Maine! Just take your camera so you can make me jealous of your trip. Be careful!

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  11. Oh, a plane trip with a 4 year old - it will be great, don't you worry! Get her really excited about looking out the window at the clouds. But then after that wears off in 2.5 minutes, then go with watching DVDs with earplugs. If too much TV is a concern, maybe give her a CD player or iPod to listen to an audio book. Max loves the classic Winnie the Pooh set which is three 45 minute CDs (borrowed from the library). Color Wonder markers are great, too, especially if it's a brand new coloring book. Packing her own backpack to carry with some toys, Polly Pockets, a stuffed animal, etc. will probably make her feel so important and excited about the airport. It worked for us, anyway (minus the Polly Pocket part :) Have a great trip!

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  12. Maine is glorious, I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I can't wait to hear about your marathon!

    A. will be fine on the plane. She's at a good age for it and if you bring along a few new surprises you'll be set. Stickers, post it notes & scotch tape are lightweight and so fun!

    Safe travels!

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  13. I was going to say the same thing as Michelle A about a new little item every hour or so. I have a friend whose parents lived in Japan for a few years, and she took her 2 year old on a plane to visit them -- it was crazy long for a toddler. Those little toys and movies saved her.

    Good luck getting packed and with your Maine run!

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  14. Mmmmm... I love Maine!! Just pack plenty of bibs for all that Lobster!!! :-)

    And your camera. It's gorg.

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  15. A quick trip to Maine? That just sounds funny, especially since you don't live anywhere near Maine.

    For the plane I would bring lots of snacks, new coloring stuff, play-doh and video technology if you have it. The main thing is to prepare her ahead of time about what it will be like and what appropriate behavior is like so she knows what to expect.

    Good luck!

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