When throwing BAK(s) into the mix, costs and planning consideration seems to rise exponentially. Gone are the days when BAD and BAM can just fly away to Rome for a few days, or drive from San Francisco down the Big Sur to Los Angeles spending hours upon hours at all the different sites. BAFs must consider all the needs of the BAK(s) during the planning phases for such endeavours now. This is why, for BAD's sanity, he prefers All-Inclusive Vacations (cruises and wholly agency-planned trips, would also fall into this category).
However, this coming travelling season (2012), BAD has planned three small getaways, WDW, T-dot, and Mayan Riviera. Of the three, only the Mayan is AIV - the rest are À la carte. The first and immediate is the WDW. Added to the complexities of the logistics when within the Orlando area for a week with an infant and a 3.5 year old, is that we are flying domestic US airline meaning checked luggages are now $25 (and no, I'm not a super elite top dog status with United), and a secondary objective to attend a wedding...at first you might be thinking "Fuck, this is a logistical nightmare." And in fact, you're right, sort of.
After all the major bookings were completed (hotel, flights, vehicle rental, airport parking, WDW tix, travel insurance...), the next biggest task was to pack. Given that we are flying into Orlando with 1.5 hr layovers on either side for 7 nights, 2 x adults, 1 x 2 mnth old infant, 1 x 3.5yr old female, attending a wedding on day 4, we needed to make some considerations...
- n suitcases
- x suitcase size
- boolean stroller
- n outfits for BAF
- n diapers
- boolean backpack
- boolean camera
- types of sunscreen and other sundries such as snacks for the layover and games.
- boolean carseats
My rule of thumb for packing has always been pack everything in one suitcase, then spread it between carry-ons...this way, you end up with carry-ons that can sustain you for a day or two if your main one did not arrive at the same time you did. In fact, I like what Claire Newells have to say about it carry-ons...
Stay tuned for more....