Preparing for Australia

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll remember that a while back I was completely daunted about travelling to Australia for my brother’s wedding. The truth is…I still am! But also can’t quite believe that we are now less than a week away from travelling and we’re all really looking forward to it. We booked our tickets back in March so at that time it felt a lifetime away but the sun and beaches are now calling us!

Image of mother and baby waiting to board flight to Australia

Since my last post, I have been on a research mission. I’ve read as many blogs and articles as I could muster to help with my ultimate question: How on earth do we survive a 26 hour journey to the other side of the world? I’ve read some fab blogs in the last couple of months but the stand-out one is from Carrie of Flying with a Baby who has such a wealth of information over on her blog. She’s also one of the nicest bloggers I’ve come across and so approachable about concerns if you tweet/message her. But after a bit of research, it was clear to us what we have to do: buy Emma her own seat.

I guess it depends on the child but Emma is so independent and rarely gets held these days apart from when she is poorly or has a bit of a temperature. Even in the mornings, when I carry her downstairs, it is usually with an arched back and screaming as she is adamant she can walk it alone. So when we did our test flight to Ireland in the summer, being held on our lap and strapped in with a safety belt was just never going to work. We hadn’t really thought of this as an option before as so many people we know just carry their babies on their lap, but this is 26 hours we’re talking about. Make life as easy as possible!

So we bought her a seat. It was expensive and I decided the best thing to do was to just pay and then attempt to erase the amount of money we had just spent from my mind immediately. But one of the real advantages to getting the extra seat is that we can strap her into a car seat. Emma loves a car seat so we’re hoping this will relax her a little bit – the only snag is that your car seat has to be FAA Airline Approved, simple. Obviously our current car seat is not airline approved, as that would make things far too simple. So I managed to find one that would fit the bill – the Britax Eclipse. When it arrived, it was much narrower and less deep than ours, so I can see why it is more suitable for the flight. But I’m glad we’re all set – along with iPad loaded up, every toy Emma has ever shown interest in, books, magazines, food and those Little Life baby reigns to keep track of her at the airport!

Ultimately, we are both so excited about going over to see my extended family – it’s the trip of the year and there are so many relatives I haven’t seen in years. Plus my Grandma will be there who hasn’t met my other half or Emma…what a momentous occasion. My friend who has just been on holiday to Bali described the journey with her toddler as ‘horrendous’, so I’m not going to set the bar too high on expectations, but I will try to remember that it will all be worth it and the sunny beaches are waiting for us on the other side.

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7 Comments

  1. November 22, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I’m so so so so so jealous of you guys! I know this sounds naff but the flight…ultimately it’s just time. Time passes and it will end and you’ll be there. In many ways a long flight is better as you know she WILL sleep for a chunk of it. Cannot wait for your photos and posts about your amazing holiday xxx
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  2. November 25, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I think lowering your expectations is always the very best f plans!! I always set mine very low now, and notching up the surprises at how well things actually turn out, makes me feel so much better! And like you say-any amount of short term pain will be worth it, to be with your family for this so special occasion! And for your Grandma to be meeting Emma, well that sounds just priceless. The very best of luck with it, I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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  3. November 27, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Oh wow I hope the flight goes well. When we went on holiday last year, although the flight was less than 3 hours I prepared for the worst and it wasn’t that bad in the end. As it’s so long at least you know she will sleep for a bit of it! Plus it will all be worth it once you arrive, to sun and warm beaches.
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  4. January 17, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    We did a 26 hour flight with 4 kids aged 5,4,2 and 9 months. The truth is, its hard, exhausting and long. The kids had moments when they were relaxed and enjoyed it, and then there were moments that we all hated it! Buying their own seat – IMPORTANT, walks around the plane when frustration sets in, even more important. Good luck, I’m sure the time in Australia will be awesome!

  5. March 7, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Thank you for you kind comments! And I’m so glad the site has helped you! Any other questions please just ask!

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