- The Extra Large Space Bag is not wide enough for a convertible carseat. The Jumbo has yet to be tested.
- Delta will provide a semi-protective plastic bag when you check a carseat. US Airways will provide a thin, clear garbage bag, and then a second one when the seat splits the first one straight away. And plenty of packing tape.
- The US Airways reps here in the States will say that a checked carseat does not count as one of your two bags, but US Airways rep Glen in the Philippines will say that it does.
- When traveling with a one-year-old, curbside check-in is totally worth the $2 per bag, plus tip.
- When traveling with a one-year-old, most conveniences are totally worth the extra cost.
- A backpack that snaps to the stroller is convenient in the airport, but a total pain all other times if it doesn't have any other straps or handles. Better to take the big, hideous, pink camouflage bag next time.
- A Boeing 757 is a larger aircraft than the 737, but the under-the-seat clearance in the 737 better accommodates a Sherpa Bag containing a 16-lb cockapoo.
- When a one-year-old spends the morning out with the grandmas, assuming he comes back in one piece, it's better not to ask about the details.
- Burlington Mall remains the home of the undisputed Santa champion of the world.
- Golden, Colorado is home to the largest Eddie Bauer Outlet store in history, which has crazy-good deals.
- Having milk delievered from a local 'boutique' dairy is totally worth an extra $.35 per gallon.
- Surprisingly, the drop-down changing tables in airplane lavatories are quite convenient.
- When the seatbelt sign is on and the flight attendants implore passengers to stay seated for their own safety unless it's an absolute emergency, a one-year-old peeing thru his diaper not only qualifies as an absolute emergency, but will also earn sympathetic looks from all the passengers (and crew) on the way to the lav.
- Older planes have the 'no-smoking' and 'fasten-seatbelt' lighted signs. Newer planes have the 'fasten-seatbelt' and 'turn-off-all-electronic-devices' signs.
- Nursing on the plane keeps baby happy. Happy babies on the plane keep everyone else happy. Nursing = good.
- The TSA website specifies only that a 'reasonable' amount of baby-liquids may be brought on the plane, so the grumpy agents in Phoenix should lay off already.
- Given plane tickets and put in a situation of travel, ordinary people who are normally giant three-year-olds become giant three-year-old savages.
Dec 30, 2007
Lessons Learned from This Year's Holiday Travel...
(I'm supposed to be cleaning the fridge. Ssshhhhh--don't tell the Cat Daddy!)