|Nothing but carry-on.|
- With only carry-on suitcases we always fit into small rental cars (think Opal Corsa).
- Each adult got 3 tops and 3 bottoms. Kids (who pee themselves) got 3 tops and 6 bottoms.
- We bought beach towels in Italy at the grocery store for 5 euros.
- We brought sandals and walking shoes and wore the walking shoes on the plane.
- We packed rain coats in the suitcases to save us room for souvenirs.
- We packed 3 days of diapers in the suitcases to also save room for souvenirs.
- We brought enough toiletries to get through the first week (cause, you know, Italians like to bathe too which makes it easy to find things like soap and toothpaste).
- Every place we stayed had a hair dryer so there was no point bringing one.
- If we bought clothes we left something behind (like a stained shirt).
- We packed one muslin blanket for the baby which also helped block the sun in the car when we hung it from the window.
|The pre-flight lounge was worth the fees as was the carseat toy.|
Entertaining travelling kiddos:
- Orin got to bring one SMALL stuffed animal. No books. She carried her own backpack.
- We bought baby Brynn a carseat toy because it wrapped around luggage handles.
- We used the pre-flight lounge. Well worth the $55/family.
- We brought a sling for Brynn and an Ergo for Orin (Ergos are good to 40lbs). Italians LOVE kids so this kept the girls close to us and made it easier to introduce them to strangers.
- We had a new movie on the iPhone (Up). 'Up' is very quiet and didn't disturb others.
- We bought 6 "surprise" activities at the dollar store (total <$10). I rarely needed it.
- Orin got treats (candy, pastry, gelato, pizza, pasta) whenever she wanted. Good food is good fun.
- Learning Italian was a game and she STILL likes to point out people speaking it at home.
- Bedtime was later. It just was.
- The more we relaxed and enjoyed ourselves, the more the kids did.
- Always have extra kleenexes. Kids pick their noses until they bleed at the worst times.
- Don't pack white shirts for anyone. See number 1.
- Wet wipes are a gift from the heavens.
- If you bring a little soap you can hand wash anything in the sink.
- Try to learn some of the language, especially as it relates to kids. People love to talk kids. You'll meet so many people.