"Did i hear you correctly? With the babies? But they are just 5 months old!"
Pretty universal ‘you must be crazy’ reactions we received when we shared that we were planning a family vacation to Iceland, in winter no less. We knew travelling with a baby isn’t an easy feat, needless to say with twins and without any help! Being a new parent, I have to be honest that I was overwhelmed at the initial thought - the safety of my children, the sanitation, the fussing and the packing. We could have easily left the kids at home with our parents but we knew it was just a matter of time before we needed to overcome the fear of travelling with the bubs, surely this had to happen someday, we might as well muster the courage and make it now!
Travelling with them isn't unmanageable, but rather it requires some intensive research, detailed planning and contingency plans. The key here is to understand that all your activities have to revolve around your babies routine, rather than otherwise. When babies are happy, you will be too. Here are the details of things:
And I have not even started on the packing list yet!
The key here is to bring extra of everything. From missing a flight to getting stranded due to bad weather conditions, you never know what could happen. The last thing you want is to run out of milk powder (always carry a fresh packet in your carry-on lugguage), diapers or the right medication if your babies happen to fall sick. Prepare extra change of baby clothes, bacterial wipes, baby moisturizer and prepared baby bottles for the flight. It is possible to bring your own cooked water, you just need to declare it at the baggage scan. Hot water is easily available upon request on board.
And so, here’s sharing Leia & Lauren’s maiden long haul experience.
They flew well for their 12 hour long-haul, happy and relatively cooperative, save for some fussing when they wanted to sit up and stretch after a straight 6-hr sleep or when they purely just wanted their feeds/cuddles. Surely that’s normal. It is slightly easier when they are of this 5-12 months of age, where major vaccines have been done and they are well-established into a consistent sleep and eat routine.
Reality was, we were dog-tired from the trip and not spared from some very stressful moments. Our girls probably won’t remember the -10 degrees weather, the 30m/s gale winds, the erratic snow blizzards, the insane fireworks, the elusive aurora borealis, the breath-taking waterfalls, and all that Iceland has to offer, but still we find this experience all worthwhile as we now have beautiful memories and stories to look back on and share!