Monday, October 06, 2008

Travel advice needed!

Little Elvis and I are heading to Mississippi this weekend. We are flying and will have an hour and a half layover.

We've done this before, so I'm not really stressing over him melting down on the plane (not yet anyway.)

But I've pretty much made up my mind not to take the stroller.

I wouldn't take our heavy Joovy stroller, because... it's heavy. One 30-plus pounder is enough for me. (I still like our Joovy, it's just too heavy for a trip like this.)

And our little (i.e. crappy) umbrella stroller is too tight. It was also broken during one of our recent flights. They busted the hooky-thingie that kept it together once it was folded.

Going through the security stuff isn't easy, especially when I have to unsqueeze Little Elvis out of the stroller, take off his shoes, try to keep that stupid stroller together, get out of my shoes and get everything but my bare-footed baby onto the belt.

Why add the extra hassle? He's a good walker, and doesn't mind our harness.

I think he'll want to run around the airport anyway, and I'm hoping 45 minutes to an hour of examining as much as possible will wear him out.

My biggest concern is getting from one gate to the next during our layover. It's an hour and a half layover, but the gates are usually as far apart as possible. I don't want to carry my heavy toddler the length of the airport if he decides that he doesn't want to walk. It's very rare that he decides he has to be carried, but he has done that in the past.

So, do you think this is a bad idea? I will be upfront and admit that my mind is pretty much made up. Bob doesn't seem too thrilled with my decision.

Oh, and my parents have a stroller, so we won't be stroller-less in Mississippi.

I'll be interested to read about your thoughts and experiences.


Anonymous Laura McIntyre said...

I have never travelled with the kids but im all for leaving the stroller behind when i can . Sure they are handy for sticking bags and such on but i think its great for the toddlers to be free.

I would say just go for it and hope its to much of an interesting place for him to want to be carried. Possibly if he does want up give him a time limit? That is what we have to do with Rebecca.

Good luck and hope you have a good time

3:13 PM  
Blogger Scarlet O'Kara said...

Check with your airline and / or the airport that you have the long lay-over at. Maybe they have a Courtesy Tram that can take the two of you to the next gate?

Good luck. I use to fly 2 - 3 times a month when my oldest was a baby.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I've never traveled with Isabella, but she FREQUENTLY refuses to walk and demands to be carried, so there is no way I would go into the situation you described without a stroller. That said, LE sounds like he's a great walker, so for you, I say skip the stroller and use the harness. Plus, I agree with Scarlet-ask the airline about using their tram.

Good luck on your trip!

6:16 PM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

The last time we flew, I did not want to deal with a stroller either. So, I took my Maya is a sling without padding and adjusts to hold a toddler on your hip. (Google it if ya wanna.) The metal ring makes security tough, but I just slid him out. Then I popped him back in after. It saved my arm and tucked away in his bag while he ran around. I will use it again the next time we fly! :)

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never travelled with a toddler but is sure does sound like a lot of work! Good luck and have a great time in Miss.

9:37 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

It's been a few months since we have travelled with the kiddo, and he was certainly less mobile then. We generally go sans stroller though, just to avoid the hassle. We were travelling so frequently there for a few months, and the less gear the better. I say go harness, and hope for the best. If your guy is anything like mine he wouldn't be content to watch all the airport fun from his stroller anyways. Good luck! Oh, and I tagged you in my blog- check it out:)

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've traveled a lot with my toddler and I HATE having the stroller. It's just too much fuss. (My husband loves it.) Stoller-less is my preferred method. When Piccolino decides he doesn't want to walk, I own a longish shawl (about 4 feet long) that I use as a sling. I tie it diagonally across my body and plop him in it on my hip. Still need one arm to hold him, but it frees up the other arm for things like tickets, ID, money, or water. It also distributes his weight a little better.

You might want to try this method before hand.

I bet you could even make your own sling/shawl!

2:38 AM  
Blogger Scarlet O'Kara said...

I also thought of something else that helped me during my travels with a young child. Only pack enough diapers, wipes, and formula to last during the plane trip and airport wait time. Once I reached my destination, we made a quick trip to Walmart to purchase the necessary baby supplies.

By doing this, my luggage was easier to manage and there was more room for clothes.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have taken 3 round trip flights with my son; once as an newborn, once as baby, and once as a toddler. The toddler trip was just the two of us, and I wouldn't have lasted two minutes without the umbrella stroller. When he wasn't in it, it held my carry on and bags, and on the layover he just ran around while I followed with the stroller. Being on my own, I felt like having the stroller to rely on in the case of a nap, or for running from gate to gate was the way to go.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you already made your journey by the time I'm commenting on this post, so I'm glad it went well without the stroller. I took a stroller/carseat combo (Sit'n'Stroll) with us on our recent plane trip to the other side of the world. Svara REFUSED to sit in the stroller. However, I held her in the sling (unless she was walking to get some exercise, with a harness on) and I had the two carry on bags in the stroller. I would have been dead without having place to put the bags. But next time I'll take a lighter weight stroller since she didn't use it as a seat in the plane either (again, REFUSED to sit in it). We had a ten hour layover in Beijing!!! aaahhhh!!!!!

9:29 AM  
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