My name is Jade MacRury. I’m originally from the Philippines but now live in Scotland. I’m 35 years old.
Q1. How old was your child when you first went abroad/first staycation?
My son was 4 months old when he went on his first adventure.
Q2. What was the journey like? Be honest good bits and bad bits?
It was just the two of us and we were doing an international flight for about 19 hours (including stopover). I booked a bassinet for the journey but for some reason, got bumped and couldn’t get any bassinet seats anymore because the plane was full and all the bassinets were taken. It was really awful having to travel all that time with my infant in my lap and in hindsight, I should’ve just booked an extra seat for him and taken his flight-approved car seat. I now never travel without that as he’s so much more comfortable in it. The good bits – the flight attendants and even other passengers were amazing. They were really happy to help and even made sure to hold my baby whilst I ate or when I had to go to the toilet.
Q3. What’s this best thing about travelling with kids?
How helpful everybody else around me were.
Q4. What’s the worst thing about travelling with kids?
All. The. Stuff! Sometimes it feels like you’re packing up the entire house.
Q5. What are your must haves in your suitcase? Handcarry?
Toys, books, extra nappies and clothes. Oh, and wipes. Loads of wipes. In every pocket. I use biodegradable and compostable wipes so zero guilt. 🙂
Q6. What are your travel plans for the future?
In a month, I’ll be flying with my now 3-year-old to visit the in-laws.
Q7. What are you top travel trips?
If you’re flying, take your car seat (but it only works if it’s flight-approved so check with the airlines) and book an extra seat for your child. Trust me, holding him in your arms for 9 hours at a time is a difficult way to travel. Also, not very safe actually. If your car seat is a convertible, attach it to a heavy duty trolley using heavy duty bungee cords and you can then wheel your child about as if he were in a buggy. Pack extra clothes, some toys, books, extra food (dry) and drinking water for the journey.