Coming soon to a blog near you: actual posting. Right now, I’m totally swamped in ways mostly good.
I am taking my three children to France in about a week and a half – ages 10, 8, and 4. The 4-year-old is the wild card, airplane-wise.
I haven’t flown with my kids in a few years, which is probably why I’m currently feeling relatively sanguine about this whole adventure. I’m trying to think of what will need to go with me on the plane. I may be lugging along my laptop, so I’m looking at getting a laptop backpack that will have extra room for other stuff. My two older kids will each have a backpack, too, and can be forced to carry things. Because if I’m going to work my tail off to fund a trip to France, Sir and Madam, you can carry my toothbrush in your backpack. Ahem.
Important piece of information: Mr. Speed will not be going with us, due to a knee injury that precludes walking around France and the lack of vacation time. So it will just be me and the Speedlets. But don’t panic, Future Me! SERIOUSLY DON’T PANIC
When you fly with children, what are the essentials that you have in your carry-on? So far, I’m thinking I will have the aforementioned backpack, possibly containing the aforementioned laptop, and a cross-body bag with several pockets.
Bag: Passports, cash, credit cards, plane tickets, basic cosmetics/toiletries, medicine, sunglasses, very basic first aid stuff, maybe my journal (which is a biggish sketchbook and the topic of another post), French phrasebook, map, sign that reads “I’M REAL SORRY I DON’T SPEAK FRENCH THAT GOOD BUT HERE ARE SOME EUROS”
Backpack: Snacks for self and for kids, maybe some simple and small activities for kids, camera, the two old handed-down-by-grandparents iPhones we’re taking so that the kids can have cameras (they also have games, etc., for desperate times/desperate measures), possibly a travel blanket for me and one for my youngest because I’m making some cute travel blankets that are thin flannel. Each of my two older kids will have a backpack so they can each carry their own travel blanket. And maybe mine.
What I was going to do, actually, was make a travel blanket and a small “pillowcase” with a zipper for each of us that can contain a change of underwear/shirt/socks in case we’re stranded without our luggage – so it will do double-duty, or something. I really just want to make some blankets. I am also hoping that the “look! It’s your SPECIAL BLANKET” thing will cause each child to instantaneously drift off to sleep for nine hours across the Atlantic.
It could happen.
Anyway – this is what’s been on my mind lately, along with about 100 other things, including “if I blog about my France trip are all my friends going to write me off as the one percent who wear gold-plated diapers, even my friends who themselves wear gold-plated diapers?” You know who you are.