Thursday, March 11, 2010

Travel Tips: Part 1

Packing suggestions:
  • Lots of packages of baby wipes (what you don't use, you can leave with the care center)
  • White noise machine
  • Flashlight or headlamp (in case of power outages at the guesthouse)

For the plane ride home:
  • Kid's backpack with new toys

For babies:
  • Bottles with disposable drop-ins
  • Liquid formula for the flights home
  • Realize that the guest houses won't have bumbos/swings/high chairs, etc...I think that if you have room fitting some kind of bumboish chair in your luggage would be great advice....especially if you are picking up more than one child or are only one parent
  • If switching formula, know that there will be blow-outs and you do not have access
    to laundry like you do in the US. Diapers and formula were the only things we
    bought that were fairly comparable to US take that into account when
    planning money if you are planning on buying them there
  • Take probiotics before you leave and while you are in Ethiopia. Check Whole Foods or GNC and look for ones that do not need to be refridgerated
  • Also consider Grapefruit Seed Extract which is a nutribiotic

Once home:
  • Have help ready to stay the night for 2-3 days after you return home. Don't underestimate jet-lag and possible travel stomach bugs that could affect you (and your child's transition) once you are home
Please leave other travel tips you think of in the comments. Thank you!

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