Tickets? Check. Hotel? Check. Itinerary? Check… The trip’s all set but what about you? Here’s how you can conquer the flight with flying colors.
AT THE AIRPORT
Get to the airport early. I can’t imagine running around to catch that plane while carrying a baby and a whole lot of stuff. Manage and lessen stress by being on time or even a little early. Yes, some airports have special lanes but that’s not a guarantee.
Plan what to carry. We only had two huge luggage bags that had everything we needed. King carried a backpack for all our gadgets and documents, while I took care of the baby and the baby bag. Remember to check-in as much luggage as possible.
Bring the Stroller up to the gates. Consider bringing the stroller all the way to the boarding gates for convenience. You can surrender it at the gates anyway
Change diaper before boarding. Most planes have very small changing areas that can be challenging for big babies. In worst cases, changing on the floor near the bulkhead area is the only option. Thus, a need for a Diaper Changing Pad. What else will you need?
- Baby Sterilized Water. Some airports would only allow 3 oz. of liquid to be carried inside the plane. So prepare clean empty baby bottles instead and buy sterilized distilled water inside the plane. Air Asia, however, put no limit on this. Better ask your airline first.
- Powdered Milk. There’s no limit for this but make sure you pre-measure and put them in nicely sealed baby milk powder dispensers.
- Food and Toy to keep baby entertained.
- Diaper. I packed just enough diapers for the flight and possible delays. I decided to buy the rest in Hong Kong to save space.
- First Aid Kit. I brought the basics: Thermometer, Paracetamol, Small Bandages, and such. I also brought Prince’s vitamins with me.
- The 3 B’s of Comfort: Baby Blanket, Beanies, Bibs
- Wet wipes for diaper changes and cleaning baby’s hands and face
- Diaper Changing Pad and plastic bags for soiled diapers
- A complete set of clothes for baby and mommy for spit-ups, diaper leakage and even spills
- Mommy’s phone, wallet, sunglasses, and make-up… yes, make-up.
IN THE AIRPLANE
Liquids for pressure and dehydration. I’m glad a friend shared this to me. Not only that it can keep baby well-hydrated, offering milk or any other liquids can help baby’s ears adjust to cabin pressure changes. It should be given to wide awake babies during take-off and landing. Eating baby food can help too.
Should I buy baby a seat? Children under 2 years old can sit on an adult’s lap. Just make sure that he’s in a sling carrier or wearing a child seatbelt available in-flight to keep baby safe in case of turbulence.
Getting off the plane. Don’t rush off the plane. Wait for the other passengers to get out to prevent long standing and waiting.
Bon Voyage! Don’t forget to get baby a passport (yes, he needs one for international flights).
Pram (n. Chiefly British) baby carriage
Planning is the key.
It’s our first time to fly with the little prince. Though I’m pretty confident that we’ll blend in well in Hong Kong (HK), it’s the preparation before the travel that concerned me.
Here’s the first part of tips on how we had everything in control – or close.
Cleared. Visit your baby’s pediatrician before the trip. Just to make sure s/he’s fit to travel, free from any illnesses and has all vaccines that may be needed.
Study your destination. Aside from the language and culture, be in the know of your destination city’s current news, events and weather forecast. Keep maps and navigators. Try to find out the area where you will be staying. Good that HK Tourism provided Apps for tourists that helped us a lot in planning our trip.
Baby and the Vacation Home. I had a lot of things to consider but here are my top concerns: Tub, Water Heater, Bottle Sterilizer and Crib. Good thing there are portable tubs, water heaters and sterilizers out there. Just make sure that sockets’ shape and voltages match. Speaking of sockets, outlet protectors and duct tapes would be helpful.
Look for friends and people you know. I love that Filipinos are scattered across the globe.
Locate your embassy. Know where your country’s embassy is. Well, for safety. You’ll never know.
Now you know what to expect, from the weather forecast to transportation modes. It’s time to decide on what to pack.
Baby’s clothes. A good set of clothes right for the season gives baby a lot of ease. It was summer in HK so I packed in light, comfy clothes. But the airport and malls were freezing cold, and a typhoon landed in the middle of our travel. We had to walk, take flights of stairs, and ride the train and buses – in and out of humid or wet streets. Glad I brought sweaters, socks, beanies, and heavy pants.
Baby Food. I’m sure there’s baby food available everywhere. But thinking about money conversion rates, where to buy, and the food stock we have at home, I decided to stay on the safe side and bring snacks good for a week.
Baby Milk Formula and Vitamins. I brought in a can of formula milk and bottles of vitamins. Your baby’s brands may not be available in your destination country.
Stroller, Car Seat and Carriers. Not all streets and transportation modes (in HK and in some other countries) are stroller-friendly. So for smaller babies, it would be best if you have the basket carrier so you can move baby from the stroller and out, and vice versa without a hassle. But for bigger babies, investing on a light umbrella-type strollers and back-pack carriers can be really helpful. We found a good buy in SM Department Store, for only P999. Light, easy to fold, and cheap. Exactly like this…
Documents. The Passport and the Baby Book are the basics. If baby is travelling with only one parent or with other adults other than the parents, a notarized letter of consent signed by the parent/s is required.
Bags. King and I fit in our stuff in 1 big luggage, and we had a separate luggage for Prince. It’s a wonder how a tiny baby can use up too much space. King had a backpack for all the gadgets, and I carried the baby bag.
What’s in the baby bag? Find out here.
Third time in Cebu. First time with King – Love it!
While King attended the Life Box Staff Summit, I had the chance to put my feet up and unwind a bit.
1. Larsian – We arrived in Cebu right on time for lunch. So, we headed to Larsian, right at the heart of Fuente, a food arcade known for barbecues. The place wasn’t really nice (I think it’s better at nighttime), honestly. But the experience, priceless! There were no spoons, no forks, not even areas to wash our hands. How to eat? Plastic gloves were provided for our enjoyment. haha
2. Ayala Mall – Cebu is like Makati down south. Offices… Ayala Mall. A lot has changed since the last time I went here.
3. Moon Cafe – After Ayala, we went straight to Asia IT Park for dinner. You’ll surely won’t miss this restaurant at The Walk. Known for its Mexican-Filipino fusion, I surely had a good moon steak experience.
4. La Marea – Located at The Walk, it’s one yummy place for desserts. I forgot the
name of the chocolate cake we ate, but the taste… unforgettable!
4. AAs Barbecue – Brunch before we left for Mactan. AA’s is known for grilled food. To start the experience, guests are to choose from fresh meats, and can either have them grilled or cooked in whatever way (I don’t know the options.. at least I remember I had my Shrimp Sinigang). I like it coz with no doubt they serve them fresh.
5. BE Resort – Our home for 3 days. I heart the hotel – rooms, crafted chairs designed by Cebuanos… #ItsMoreFuninThePhilippines
Surely… We’ll be back on May… For Casa Verde, Lechon Arcade, and more experiences.
“800 meters? We can do this!”
“Love, yung baboy nananaginip…”
“Baboy ba yan? Baboy ramo? Bakit Itim?”
“400 meters more? Walking distance ba talaga to?”
“My feet hurt na. My slippers are thin, I can feel the ground!”
“Love, goats! Dali, camera”
“Love may van, saya nila”
“Love kotse ulit”
Oh, I forgot, we were on our honeymoon.
A ninang gave us free accomodations to one of Bohol’s finest resorts, Flushing Meadows. Truly paradise!
It’s our first time to travel together. First discovery. King is the type who will go for a rest as soon as he steps inside the room, while I am Dora, game to explore outside.
Officially Mrs. Flora Danica Reyes.
Inside the resort are wonders to explore. Dino Park. Tennis Court. Indoor Gym. Table Tennis. Billiards. Spa. Videoke. Ostrich Park. And a lot more!
After 6 months of planning (for the wedding), we knew our honeymoon would be the best time to relax. We would get up late mornings, and rush to see if buffets were served. Buffets… completed our paradise stay!
Everything was perfectly peaceful. The resort was packed in the morning, yet in the afternoon, it felt like we were alone. Alone like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. (Everyone went for tours I think.) We killed time lounging at the infinity pool, watching birds fly, and enjoying the sound capiz shells made. There’s a time when we tried hanging out by the beach, the powdery white sand against my feet, and smell of the sea, I didn’t like it! I’m totally not a beach person. That’s why we went back to the pool.
One of the highlights of our vacation is the trip to Bohol Bee Farm, “the longest walking distance ever”. I was hoping to see bumble bee, but saw different animals instead. That was fun!
Are we there yet?
Bohol Bee Farm offers organic delights. Of course, we didn’t miss the chance to eat merienda at the farm. King tried their Malunggay Ice Cream, which is not bad, not bad at all. I grabbed a chocolate drink and a couple of cupcakes.
The farm also makes the best Chili Powder in the world! Really.
Flushing Meadows Resort and Playground – http://www.flushingmeadows.com.ph/
Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant – http://www.boholbeefarm.com/
A group of Mommy’s blessed us with an overnight stay at Bayview Hotel with Manila Bay Cruise! So suite!
It was a long weekend and a bit rainy… but still perfect. After we checked in the hotel, King and I decided to take the cruise at around 4pm. I was thinking of taking the 6pm trip at first. So it’ll be a little more romantic. Imagine the sunset, and Manila Bay view at night. But, King really convinced me to take the 4pm – I’m glad he did! It was raining that day. While boarding, I felt the wind blowing stronger. No Sun was visible too. We started sailing and I felt the waves trying to shake the boat.
King: if we take the 6pm, It’ll be scary. We won’t see anything.
There were three groups aboard: A group of 6 hispanic tourists, a techy couple, and a cute couple. The cute couple should be us.
After the cruise, we decided to go straight to MOA (Mall of Asia) and watch whatever movie would be nice. Then, Kung Fu Panda caught our interests. Awesome! T’was funny and just right for the young at heart. It’s well written, well drawn, and well dubbed. haha
The hotel breakfast was great too! Buffet! We love buffets!
Thanks again “Mommys”!