A is for ANGRY BIRDS
OK, so I said I would NEVER download it
But Bronte was throwing a frightful fit
Moments later she's smiling, through levels she's flying
Oh bummer, the battery just quit.
B is for BED
Things familiar from home help kids sleep
B's travel bed's brilliant for sending her deep
From naptime at school, to friends by the pool
A hotel room is not such a leap.
C is for CURRENCY
In every new city, B likes to find
A locally made wallet, perhaps even lined
She'll learn how to count, a foreign amount
And donate coins if feeling inclined.
D is for DUPLICATE FRANKS
Bronte cannot live her life without Frank
Once she thought she'd lost him, her heart cracked and sank
To prevent such a fate, Frank says 'DUPLICATE'
So you never end up in a state.
E is for EMPOWERMENT
Our Itinerary is always so large
We like to put Bronte in charge
She decides where to go (we try not to say no)
And the rest of the trip, call her 'Sarge'.
F is for FUN
Frank tells Bronte 'when the travel's begun
Remember to follow this good rule of thumb
Wherever we go, we go with the flow
If we're not having fun then we're done.'
G is for GIFTS
Whilst in transit have kids do a listing
Of family and friends they are missing
These people in mind, they'll easily find
Gifts and postcards without you insisting.
H is for HOTEL BATH
Hotel bathtubs are often quite deep
They're perfect for toddler's to sleep
Use pillows of feather, they'll never sleep better
Sound slumber may you also keep.
I is for INDEPENDENCE
The first day of pre-school in Moscow
All Bronte could do was yell NO NO!!
Squirted Frank with Mum's scent, then gladly she went
Now the washing of Frank is on slow-mo.
J is for JETLAG
With jet lag you may want to kill
Take a deep breath (and maybe a pill)
UV is the key and if there's no glee
There's always that liquid called Benadryl.
K is for KID'S MEAL
If you're booking your long haul online
Don't repeat this fault, recently mine
Ensure there's a kid's meal, 'snot always a sure deal
L is for LAYERS
Wear layers on board a long flight
And a puffy or fleece that is light
They roll up to pack
And with the right knack
Make good pillows and blankets at night.
M is for MEDICATION
If you're off to a foreign destination
Think carefully about kids' medication
A trip to their doc, to ask what to stock
Is always a smart conversation.
N is for NOT LOSING OFFSPRING
Do kids know the name of your hotel?
And if lost, find a parent to tell?
Put biz cards in pockets and numbers in lockets
And constant reminders serve well.
O is for ORGANISE
When travelling for good peace of mind
Make sure passports are easy to find
With wallet of leather, you'll keep it together
To the madhouse you'll never be signed.
P is for PRESSURE
When that plane commences descent
Chronic earache you'll want to prevent
So yawn or chew gum, if you can't overcome
Place cups over both ears and indent.
Q is for QUEASY
If Frank sees B looking uneasy
She sometimes admits feeling queasy
An old fashioned fan, or a spritz from the can
May help and they pack easy-peasy.
R is for RESEARCH
Get to know your destination city
What's the weather like and what electricity?
Will the wellingtons factor or a universal adaptor?
Register with your Embassy - it's necessity.
S is for SNUGGLY SAFETY
So, out of the stroller, Frank always fell
More distressing a story, no one can tell
The penny did drop and we found a pet shop
Now Frank has a leash and a bell.
T is for TRAVELTIVITY GUIDES
Bronte & Frank have published their book
An adventure 'round Moscow's the hook
Designed for the plane, activities reign
With a CD and guide, worth a look.
U is for UV
Keep kids' skin safe with Invisible Zinc
Junior Clip On's the best product we think
Protects against rays, UVB and 'VA
See the full Aussie range at this link:
V is for VEGEMITE
Australian kids really do dig it
But others can take it or leave it
If it's not spread too thick, it
Will be just the ticket
The main thing is not to forget it!
W is for WAVE MACHINE
Don't lug the wave machine 'round
Find portable speakers for sound
Upload waves to the pod, white noise to the pad
The options you'll find, will astound.
X is for TEN
Bronte & Frank's top ten carry on items:
- Blankie, binkie, cuddly, snuggly, pashmina, pillow, or plush toy like Frank
- Change of clothes for the children (and one for you too…yes really)
- Charged cell phone for arrival on the other side
- Electronic devices with charged batteries & ear/head phones
- Healthy snacks (with a smattering of scrumptious sweets)
- Medication, lip balm & travel sized spritzer
(Bronte recommends Jurlique's Rosewater Mist)
- Surprises - new movies, apps, books, coloring, stickers, travel journals (Bronte loves Trip Payne's Great Crosswords for Kids)
- Traveltivitiy Guides (see T)
Travelling with children can be stressful
Especially when sleep isn't plentiful
But delight in their eyes, is one of life's highs
So smile and you'll find it successful.
Z is for ZIPLOCS
Secure creams and liquids in ziplocs
And separate them from your most favorite frocks
Extras are handy, for vomiting candy
As sick bags are smaller than tots' socks.
PEACE ?GOODWILL ?ADVENTURE
five continents, twenty two countries, countless cities...
Bronte & Frank have been to Atlas Mountains, Bangkok, Bellagio, Berlin, Brisbane, Boracay, Bratislava, Budapest, Buffalo, Byron Bay, Canberra, Cappadocia, Essaouira, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kiev, Lake Como, London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mammoth Mountain, Manila, Marrakech, Melbourne, Milan, Moscow, New York, Niagara Falls, Ouarzazate, Outer Banks, Paris, Richmond, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Turks & Caicos, Vienna, and Washington DC so far...