|image courtesy travelalaska.com|
Unfortunately, I don't (yet) have any status with AS so we're just going to have to rough it with the standard (paid) 2x's 50lb. baggage allowance. Since baby's first trip and the infant carrier days, we've transitioned him into a Britax Marathon car seat and use a Go Go Kidz TravelMate to wheel him around the airport. Those come on board with us. We then use the stroller as a makeshift luggage cart and check that plane-side. Then CJ has his own massively-large Dakine Split Roller duffle bag that holds his Pack-n-Play and whatever else baby needs when he goes on vacation (a lot of diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, food, etc.). We then usually have our own individual carry-ons, plus the diaper bag, and an additional check-in bag (or two) for mom and dad. This works out great when we have two adults (and no heavy ski boots). Not this time! Luckily, my cousin's wife says they have a Pack-n-Play we can use, and I'm figuring without much use for the stroller in Alaska in the middle of winter, I might actually be able to pull this one off with one check-in (my skis padded with winter jackets and whatever else I can cram in that bag) and a carry-on roll-a-board or backpack (with ski boots). A diaper bag is a "personal item" right? I know I'm really pushing it with the carry-on allowance, so worst case scenario I pay extra (grrrr), CJ's giant duffle bag comes too and without the Pack-n-Play, if I put the ski boots in there, we still have hope of coming in under 50 lbs. Glad we got that all figured out!
|Guess whose bag that is!|
|An example of some flights we won't be taking|
So after having kids, it turns out just a bit more planning goes into these last-minute, impulsive-behavior-driven trips as I continue to chase my dreams of being a jet-setting, snow-bunny, surfer-chick, still-20-something (for a few more weeks anyway), life-loving, sometimes-crazy, young adult. Of course, none of this would be possible without having one of the greatest little guys around, and he really is such a good sport on the plane (and in the car) when we drag him along on all of our travel adventures. Also special thanks to my awesome cousin Steve, his wife Lisa, and their beautiful family for the invite and for taking us in. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful relatives and I can't wait to check out the snow in Alaska!