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    Just my two cents worth, my mom always did an awesome job having stuff for us to do when travelling as little kids. Our family favourite (to this day!) is audiobooks; there are so many options geared for kids that can be played in the car or put onto a phone/iPod for individual listeners. Hearing a story could distract us for hours. Probably won't work with the youngest child, but the older child might be quiet for an hour or two.

    She also packed things like a deck of Uno! cards, and magnetized travel games (like checkers, with magnets keeping the pieces stuck to the board so that they weren't easily lost during bumpy stretches).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    I am struggling with this exact thing right now for a trip to Scotland at the end of August.

    I know from previous years that wellies are required, and we are also going to the beach so we also need the water shoes, but does that mean that we can't pack their comfy trainers?

    It is a multi-stop trip so I want to pack light, but the shoes and variable weather are driving me batty.

    I know what you mean, to me it seems crazy to only pack boots and water shoes when my kids wear their trainers 99% of the time at home.

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    Ok, so test pack of the third option packing list found I could squeeze (and I mean squeeze, really no spare space at all) all the kids clothing plus mine into the A30! This is kids only taking one pair of shoes (that they're wearing the day) and me wearing waterproof trainers and packing sandals only.

    This left plenty of room in the A45 for husbands stuff (his test pack left both end pockets empty) plus what I was planning to put into our daypack.

    Definitely don't need to take the Trunkis which is good because I was worried about them being so bulky / us having to carry them plus sleeping kids when we get off the plane and both children no doubt will be fast asleep then!

    Photos and new packing list to come for those who are interested.

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    Yes, looking forward to pics!

    Are you going to move some of the kids stuff into one of your husbandís end pockets? Itís only just occurred to me that by next year your kids will each have gone a size up. On the other hand, since theyíll have new clothes you can carefully choose lighter weight and smaller packing stuff.

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    Photo's!

    One kids clothes first packed in the Trunki (only took up half of it)
    One family and Two Aeronauts (A45 and A30)-img_2237-compressed-jpg

    Both kids clothes in the A30
    One family and Two Aeronauts (A45 and A30)-img_2240-compressed-jpg

    Both kids clothes + mine ready for packing
    One family and Two Aeronauts (A45 and A30)-img_2246-compressed-jpg

    Both kids clothes + mine in A30 (squished but fits)
    One family and Two Aeronauts (A45 and A30)-img_2243-compressed-jpg

    Husbands clothes fitting into just the middle section of the A30
    One family and Two Aeronauts (A45 and A30)-img_2247-compressed-jpg

    Sorry I don't know why the photo's are so large, just normal iPhone photos..... I'll try to reduce next time!
    Last edited by Sydneygirl; 10-03-2019 at 06:28 PM.

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    Below is the updated packing list that matches the above photos - have I gone too far and taken not enough?! This excludes what we're wearing on the plane.

    Me
    6 undies
    3 socks
    1 bras
    3 tops
    1 shorts
    1 jeans
    1 long sleeved top
    1 dress
    1 pj's
    1 swimsuit
    1 sandals/flats
    1 toiletries

    Husband
    6 undies
    3 t-shirts
    3 socks
    1 shirt
    1 shorts
    1 jeans
    1 pj's
    1 rain jacket
    1 board shorts
    1 thongs? (not packed above)

    Kids x 2
    6 undies
    4 socks
    2 singlets
    2 pj's
    2 t-shirts
    2 long sleeved tops
    1 shorts
    1 board shorts
    2 pants
    1 raincoat
    1 hat

    EDC Bag (not pictured above)
    8 nappies for travel day
    1 baby wipes
    2 water bottles
    2 snacks
    1 iPad
    2 kids headphones
    1 headphone splitter
    1 dopp kit
    1 electronics kit
    1 sunnies w case
    4 passports
    1 wallet
    1 iPhone

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    Thanks for sharing! Youíve really got your list down, fantastic!

    I would consider just a few more things for you, like another bra, maybe a very thin cardigan, hat and a rain jacket.

    I am also wondering about your daypack for the plane, are you going to pack things like coloring books or other toys to keep the kids occupied during times when they arenít allowed electronics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sydneygirl View Post
    Below is the updated packing list that matches the above photos - have I gone too far and taken not enough?! This excludes what we're wearing on the plane.

    Me
    6undies
    3socks
    1bras
    3tops
    1shorts
    1jeans
    1long sleeved top
    1dress
    1pj's
    1swimsuit
    1sandals/flats
    1toiletries

    Husband
    6undies
    3t-shirts
    3socks
    1shirt
    1shorts
    1jeans
    1pj's
    1rain jacket
    1board shorts
    1thongs? (not packed above)

    Kids x 2
    6undies
    4socks
    2singlets
    2pj's
    2t-shirts
    2long sleeved tops
    1shorts
    1board shorts
    2pants
    1raincoat
    1hat

    EDC Bag (not pictured above)
    8nappies for travel day
    1baby wipes
    2water bottles
    2snacks
    1iPad
    2kids headphones
    1headphone splitter
    1dopp kit
    1electronics kit
    1sunnies w case
    4passports
    1wallet
    1iPhone

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    Brilliant pictures! Love your A30. Love your cube setup, much easier to pack and repack. I'd consider a foldable shopping tote for food en route, and a napkin or tea towel for spills.

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    Forgot to mention, we'll be leaving from Autumn here so it'll be cold when we head off and I'll be wearing my merino wool cardigan and rain coat. I'm planning to back a bikini top that can double as another bra. As for hat, you're totally right I should but I never wear them here (really not a hat person) so I doubt I'd wear on holidays.

    Yep planning to pack a few favourite toys, some water WOW "colouring" books, reusable stickers, soft ball etc. Mostly food as that definitely keeps my kids quiet and still (think similar to treat ball for pets situation hehe). I am hoping by then our 4.5 year old will carry a small backpack (recently got a Paw Patrol one he loves) with this stuff inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejvc View Post
    Brilliant pictures! Love your A30. Love your cube setup, much easier to pack and repack. I'd consider a foldable shopping tote for food en route, and a napkin or tea towel for spills.

    I love it too! So happy with it. And yes as we're road tripping it'll be great to keep everything organised in cubes. Packable tote bag is in our "dopp kit" - basically all the small stuff that I don't want to list one by one (hankies, medications, bandaids etc) and we usually use hankies for spills, wiping messy hands/faces etc.

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    Little update - I have decided we should check-in at least one of the aeronauts (probably the A45 as it's bigger) or possibly both. Check-in luggage is free with our tickets so I don't see the hassle of carrying it all through the airport along with two kids and a pram to be both the short time saved waiting at the baggage carousel and willing to risk the slim chance of lost luggage (possibly just jinxed it now!).

    Any tips on checking in the aeronaut? It'll just have our clothes so I'm not overly concerned with locking it but would love tips on best way to do so (we have the older bags without the easily lockable zips).

    I am thinking of taking the A30 on the plane with spare clothes for each family member plus other daypack kind of things (iPad, snacks, water bottles etc). As the kids legs won't touch the floor we'll have space under the seats in front of them for this bag. Need to try to squeeze everything else into the A45 though which could be tricky.

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    Greetings,
    I have a few suggestions for your consideration.

    Are the kids into Legos? There is a Legoland in Windsor.

    If you are going to Bath, there is a playground that looked fun. It's not usually listed on tourist websites, but the kids would love it. From the train station, follow the road west out of town. It will be on your right, if I recall correctly.

    From Bath, a tour to Avebury would be nice. The kids can run around and you can actually touch the stones. It's a huge circle and the town is in part of the circle. I did not notice any activities specifically for kids, but they can run off some energy there.

    Warwick Castle is fun for kids. I enjoyed it, too.

    Alnwick Castle in north England on the east coast is one of the film locations for the Harry Potter movies. It's has lots of activities for kids. The train station at Alnwick is a short taxi ride from town, consider booking a taxi in advance (the trains are usually on time). The Alnwick Garden is next door to the Castle and also had a small maze and a few children's activities. The bookstore in Alnwick was a train station and has model trains running on top of the book cases.

    I'll second the recommendation for the Train Museum in York. I spent several hours there. York Minster had lots of interactive displays, but I'm not sure your kids are old enough to enjoy them. There were wooden blocks with directions to make an arch that was fascinating for ALL ages. The interactive computer displays were on the main level and the stained glass simulation lets you make a stained glass window. Be sure to go down to the lower level, that's where the block arch and costumes were.

    In Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel is an engineering marvel and you can ride it. It's slow, so I'm not sure if it will entertain the kids but I loved it. I'm not sure what else there is to do in Falkirk, but it's not far from Edinburgh. Perhaps stop on your way north to another destination.

    If you can find the farm where Rick Steve's stops for the sheep dog demonstration, I highly recommend it. They usually have PUPPIES for the visitors to play with. Kids of all ages love it!

    I'd love to see your itinerary, if you want to share it. Have fun! elisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sydneygirl View Post
    Any tips on checking in the aeronaut? It'll just have our clothes so I'm not overly concerned with locking it but would love tips on best way to do so (we have the older bags without the easily lockable zips).
    My ballistic A45 is about 4 years old & I can put a standard luggage lock with a flexible cable through any pair of zips. I'm not clear on what the zips on your model of A45 look like, but would a really thin cable or zip tie work for securing the bag?

    My A45 bag has been checked a number of times for both domestic and international (Europe & China) destinations and has come through beautifully. The only marks are some scuffs that wipe off. No tears or rips, all the zips are fine & the handles are intact. My biggest worry when checking is that someone may (inadvertently) walk off with the bag. I would miss it!

    Not only do A45s hold a surprising amount of stuff, they are TOUGH.

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    Thanks for all the awesome suggestions. My kids love Lego so that's an awesome idea! Also thinking maybe the Cadbury Factory in Birmingham.... anyone been? Reviews?

    Oh and Itinerary, each place for 1-3 nights then London at the end for 5 nights.

    Singapore, London, Worthing, Poole, Stalbridge, Cardiff, Snowdonia, Dublin, Belfast, Glascow, Edinburgh, Lake District, York, Sheffield, Birmingham then back to London and home via Singapore.


    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaGirl View Post
    Greetings,
    I have a few suggestions for your consideration.

    Are the kids into Legos? There is a Legoland in Windsor.

    If you are going to Bath, there is a playground that looked fun. It's not usually listed on tourist websites, but the kids would love it. From the train station, follow the road west out of town. It will be on your right, if I recall correctly.

    From Bath, a tour to Avebury would be nice. The kids can run around and you can actually touch the stones. It's a huge circle and the town is in part of the circle. I did not notice any activities specifically for kids, but they can run off some energy there.

    Warwick Castle is fun for kids. I enjoyed it, too.

    Alnwick Castle in north England on the east coast is one of the film locations for the Harry Potter movies. It's has lots of activities for kids. The train station at Alnwick is a short taxi ride from town, consider booking a taxi in advance (the trains are usually on time). The Alnwick Garden is next door to the Castle and also had a small maze and a few children's activities. The bookstore in Alnwick was a train station and has model trains running on top of the book cases.

    I'll second the recommendation for the Train Museum in York. I spent several hours there. York Minster had lots of interactive displays, but I'm not sure your kids are old enough to enjoy them. There were wooden blocks with directions to make an arch that was fascinating for ALL ages. The interactive computer displays were on the main level and the stained glass simulation lets you make a stained glass window. Be sure to go down to the lower level, that's where the block arch and costumes were.

    In Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel is an engineering marvel and you can ride it. It's slow, so I'm not sure if it will entertain the kids but I loved it. I'm not sure what else there is to do in Falkirk, but it's not far from Edinburgh. Perhaps stop on your way north to another destination.

    If you can find the farm where Rick Steve's stops for the sheep dog demonstration, I highly recommend it. They usually have PUPPIES for the visitors to play with. Kids of all ages love it!

    I'd love to see your itinerary, if you want to share it. Have fun! elisa
    Last edited by Sydneygirl; 03-14-2020 at 09:00 PM.

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    Narrowing down my packing now, looks like we'll check-in both A30 and A45 with most of our clothes and have a small backpack and duffle as carry-on.

    Luggage situation:
    - Pram (folds up small so will be taken on board)
    - Kanken backpack with iPad, laptop and all electronic kit (chargers, headphones etc) + dopp kit.
    - Foldable duffle bag (water bottles, snacks, jackets while not being worn, baby carrier, spare kids outfits, toys etc)
    - A30 husbands clothes + toiletries + second spare foldable duffle (used at destination to hold just kids clothes so packing bags every day/two days is less fiddly/squeezy)
    - A45 mine and kids clothes

    Seems reasonable for two adults to carry all that right? Even in worst case scenario (both kids asleep) we'll manage with Aeronauts on our backs, pram with big kid, little kid in carrier, duffle & Kanken backpack under/hanging off pram.

    My husband is against taking the aeronauts as he's always travelled overseas with a large suitcase he checks in so I could do with advice to convince him I'm not crazy and it will actually make the trip easier.

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