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03/05/2013 at 08:16
I've just seen a photo on fb of a couple and their newborn's luggage. They have: FOUR suitcases, 3 huge rucksacks, 2 record/laptop bags, travel cot, pushchair, carseat and base and a big handbag. Now they live in Aus so I'm assuming they're goinback to the UK for a couple of weeks but surely that's a crazy amount of luggage?? How do they physically manage??
For our one week holiday I've checked in one suitcase, H will have a big rucksack, N will have a little wheely case as hand luggage and I'll have my changing bag. That's about standard for us!
03/05/2013 at 08:23
When I travelled with C as a baby/toddler, i'd have 1 case for us both, and hand luggage, which doubled as my changing bag.
03/05/2013 at 08:28
My good god what are they taking.
We travelled lighter with E than we ever had alone. Despite taking all her nappies, formula, wipes, lots too many clothes, the sling, uv tent, swimming ring, swim nappies, ready made formula for when out plus washing up stuff and sterilising equipment plus her bedding and towels, and our stuff our cases (2 together) weighed 33kgs. P,us we had one backpack for hand luggage which I split into two on the plane so one could go in overhead and one (with essentials incase turbulence prevented us getting out) under the seat. When it was just me and h our joint cases were 42kgs!
We then had the pram of course. In an ideal world I'd have taken the car seat for the taxi from the airport, but it was ten mins so we didn't. If they are travelling a long distance I expect they may have bought little one a seat and so they'll take the car seat on (or am I mixed up as to whether that's allowed, post take off obviously).
03/05/2013 at 08:45
Oh yes they probably need the carseat for a journey that long. I just couldn't get over the actual bags and cases they were taking.
03/05/2013 at 08:49
That sounds crazy. When we go away this time we're taking 2 pushchairs (cheap strollers), 2 holdalls for the majority of the clothes and a smaller case for the kids. Then hand luggage we've got the children's two little pull along things, and i'll have my beach/change bag.
03/05/2013 at 08:55
Chids please may I be nosey.. Why do you take two strollers instead of a double? Do you use a double at home? I ask as loads of people seemed to do this, and I wondered what I'm missing, as of course one day it may be me.
03/05/2013 at 09:03
No i don't mind you asking. It's because i hate my double buggy. It's a Maclaren side by side jobby. It's not easy to navigate, and as when i go out i'm mostly with other people there is always someone who will push the 2nd stroller. Also when you've got two toddlers in it, it weighs an absolute ton. I use it at home if i absolutely have to. I took it to asda the other week on a saturday, the kids were both asleep, and so rather than waking them to put them in a trolley, and because i didn't need much i kept them in the pushchair. It was the most stressfuly experience ever. I put a basket on the top of the hoods, and when E woke up, she decided she didn't like the hood being on, so decided to pull at it. Which meant that all the shopping, including 12 eggs got spilt all over the floor.
03/05/2013 at 10:50
The only additional thing we have taken when travelling with Zoe was trunki, pushchair & carseat, although obviously now we don't need the pushchair and rarely take a carseat.
I think when Noodles comes along we will probably end up having to take a small 3rd suitcase. At the moment Zoe and I share a suitcase but given I have just had to sit on it to close it I doubt I would fit Noodles' things in and H seems to manage to fill his all by himself.
03/05/2013 at 11:37
We take 2 cases between 3 of us, and one piece of hand luggage each, plus pushchair. Tbf, we stay with in laws so they provide cot and car seat. We can always wash clothes too, but I find it easier to take enough anyway. We take nappies as we have room in the case. I'm gettin a trunki this time, but it's not essential luggage.
We took more (bar buggy) when we went to Mumbai without Alex.
03/05/2013 at 12:58
Thanks chids - I was thinking something similar to that, and it being cobly/a bit hilly in Tenerife too - thank you that's good to know, and sorry it's such a struggle, it must actually make life really difficult to even do the most basic things.
To correct myself we actually took a case and a holdall - got so much more in the holdall (it's the one H takes to afghan so obviously huge) - because we had up to 20kg allowance for once case and up to 30kg in the other (including Es free 10kg) but the case was full at 14kgs so it was space containing us not weight which is why we switched.
03/05/2013 at 12:59
I am really hoping to keep it to a minimum when we go on first holiday as a family of four this year. I am hoping for one big case and 2 trunkis for all of our stuff. I think I might not bother with a pushchair either given my daughter will have just turned 3.
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