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Nov 24th 2008 10:32AM First of all, I'm not commenting on the safety factor, as I'm not in any kind of position of expertise to do so. I think we all realize that it's probably best for a child to have their own seat, with some type of child restraint system, but I think we also can recognize that for some people that is not financially possible. Having said that, I have a couple of thoughts.
First, if two people are travelling together (with or without a child), and book a window and an aisle seat with the hopes of getting the middle seat for free, and someone does get seated in the middle seat, can one of them switch? As in, could the member of the party of two who is seated in the window seat swap with the person in the middle? If I were travelling with someone and we had done that, I’d rather swap my seat and sit in the middle, but still next to my travelling companion, then have a window/aisle and be split up.
Second, how long is your flight? There's also a big difference between an hour long flight with a child on your lap and an eight hour flight. The longer the flight, the more I would suggest buying the extra ticket.
Finally, at least you and your husband are travelling together with your daughter, so you can switch of holding her. My sister once had to take a six hour flight on her own for a funeral, with her 22 month old (just under the limit, I know) on her lap the whole way.
Nov 13th 2008 3:58PM I’ve been travelling a lot since I was four months old. I don’t really count, but I would guess that I am now at around 20 trips a year (mostly short, few day trips). I have always been a list maker, especially with trip preparations! I have the To Do lists, and I have the To Pack lists. There are things that always go on the list, regardless of the length/location/type of trip, and other things that change. I get very specific with mine, even putting down things that I know I would never forget (like my billfold, which is always in my purse already). It just helps me to make sure that something didn’t slip through the cracks. Plus, it’s very satisfying to cross things off! I think I’m going to have to try the spreadsheet, though, so I don’t have to keep re-writing those basic things every time.
I have my passport scanned into an e-mail that I can access from anywhere with internet (luckily I’ve never needed to access it). I also keep e-mails active until after the trip if they have any confirmation numbers, boarding passes, etc. In an emergency, even if I couldn’t access e-mail, as long as I could call someone and have them get into my account they could get the confirmation number to me.
For medications, I’d also like to suggest that if you are taking a long trip, see if your doctor will write out the prescription for you to take with, in case anything happens to the medication. Another tip (which my mom taught me) is to always have at least a change of undergarments and a toothbrush in your carryon bag. The ONLY time I did not do this was the time my bag was lost. It’s also nice to have that kind of stuff if your flight is delayed or cancelled and you’re stuck at an airport (or hotel, if you’re lucky), and you can’t get to your checked baggage.
I’d never heard of Lightroom, so will have to check that out!
Nov 7th 2008 11:10AM I recently had what I thought was the perfect middle seat situation (not that I haven't had my fair share of bad middle seat stories). I was on a short flight (of course these things only happen on the short flights!), and was sitting in a window seat, with an empty middle seat. After the flight took off the guy in the aisle seat asked me if it would be alright if we put down the tray in the middle. Of course it was, but I appreciated his asking. We were both able to put our drinks on the middle tray and continue working!