It was extra quiet on the blog as we were away on a family vacation to Melbourne! (And I’m still trying to catch up on work and life after our return.)
Some tips I would like to share upon my return from this trip:
- Do NOT take night flight to Australia if you plan to have your child(ren) to sleep during the flight. By the time they settle down, finish a movie, done with dinner and toilet breaks, there’s NOT much time left for sleep. And when we finally do get some shuteye, a crew may just decide to give you a wake-up call with a loud and chirpy “GOOD MORNING, M’AM! WOULD YOUR CHILD WANT SOME BREAKFAST??” Thankfully, my child stayed asleep while I decided to stay awake to fend off any more questions.
- Know where the puke bag is and keep the wet wipes near you. When the lil’ dragonlady was crying away for the past hour or so, had a nosebleed and threw up during our return flight, not one crew took the initiative to come and find out if we require any assistance. I had to buzz for them to ask how to dispose of the dirty wipes with puke and blood. She got me a bag but told me to dispose the bag myself. C’mon, we are two adults with two young children. One is sleeping with his head leaning on us. The other is crying from the discomfort. The least a crew can do is to dispose of the bag for me, no?? We did the cleaning up ourselves and tried our darnest not to dirty your seats. And I got told that the bag was in the way? Then how about throwing it away for us? The bag won’t fit the bin in the toilet so how was I to know where to dump this bag?! The response from an airline that is supposedly well-known for their high quality service was appalling. Customer service standard 真的掉了!
So yes, please keep your necessities within your own reach so you don’t have to depend on others as much as you can help it.
- Bring along Thieves spray, Lavender EO and R.C. EO for the flight. You know what they say about toilets on airplanes, so Thieves spray comes in handy to keep the washroom cleaner and nicer-smelling before our use. Lavender, if the kids need a little help to settle for sleep. R.C., if the kids’ nose give them trouble during the flight.
- The kids’ flight meal usually comes with lots of snacks. I have no idea why they think it’s a good idea to give kids so many snacks but keep them away in your bag ‘cos they might just come in handy during road trips to keep the driver awake!
- Because we plan our own itinerary and rely on Google Maps all the time for directions, it’s highly recommended to get a WIFI router so that both our phones, laptop and WIFI camera can hook on to it. If you are getting an overseas WIFI router from Changi Recommends, do remember to bring along your car charger and powerbank too as the battery life of their router is crappy. It would be good if there’s free WIFI at accommodation for back-up ‘cos the connection to the router can be quite unstable.
- Bring along materials for the kids to doodle during long drives or while waiting for our food. I had brought along books as well but I didn’t want them to read on a moving vehicle. Instead of bringing lots of paper, I got each of them a small whiteboard and marker from Daiso. But as expected, the lil’ dragonlady accidentally stained her jacket with ink from the marker. Sometimes I give them paper from my notebook to draw on to keep them entertained.
Will share more on our Melbourne vacation soon! 🙂