… and then boarding a cruise ship. With my family. Including my toddlers. Whom I’ve NEVER traveled with before.
Oh. My. GAWD.
As you know, part of my job as a blogger is to attend relevant press events, trips and conferences. Sometimes, it’s the launch of a new product; sometimes, it’s a little bit of content inspiration that allows me to publish a better post. In the end, the information often helps me share with my readers in new and interesting ways.
Okay, first the obvious – I am so fortunate to have been extended this opportunity, and my family, along with the families of #FisherPriceMoms Play Ambassadors from Canada and the US, are thankful to Fisher-Price for arranging one of the most majestic press adventures ever. Truly, one of those moments where you feel rewarded for your efforts and blessed at the same time.
Second, the not-so-obvious – I am FREAKING OUT. My kids have never been on an airplane, much less a 17-deck ship. Combining the two activities together? Heart palpitations over here. Plus, being away from the comforts of home for over a week is also a little intimidating – believe it or not, the last time I left my house for more than 7 days was over 10 years ago!
And so I’ve done my best to consult packing lists, have made mental notes of the little things that my boys can’t do without (like Ryder’s blankie and Reid’s Little People) and I’ve asked friends and family who’ve traveled with kids to share their “must-haves”.
(So far, Children’s Gravol, Goldfish Crackers and LOTS of gummy treats tend to top the lists.)
Of course, Fisher-Price offered their own fabulous travel tips:
I’ve decided to do some “shopping” in Ryder and Reid’s old toys, and resurrect some of the faves they’ve long forgotten about. I’ve also made a note to hit our nearest dollar store this weekend and load up on simple toys and activity books – ones which I don’t mind getting lost, discarded or tossed overboard :)
Another must-have for my family? My laptop computer with a rolodex of their favourite movies, and my tablet pre-loaded with their preferred apps, of course. Sometimes a little extra screen time is necessary to keep my sanity levels in check!
We set sail in exactly 10 days – any tips for me? I can honestly use all the help I can get!
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