Okay, so this is my 4th (possibly 5th time) going to Nassau, Bahamas. At this point I feel like I've seen most of what I wanted to see. Honestly, I went into this cruise thinking that I wasn't going to leave the ship when we got to Nassau. However, one of my friends wanted to go out, so the rest of us tagged along. May 21st, 2018 was actually a holiday in the Bahamas so a lot of the spots I am used to were closed.
Let me just say, we had a super basic b**** American day...
During my most recent cruise, I got the opportunity to visit 2 places in Mexico. Cozumel and Costa Maya.
My next vacation is a week away!
I'll be cruising to Nassau (Bahamas), Roatan (Honduras), Costa Maya & Cozumel (Mexico) on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. I'm super excited, except for the fact that I've been having a reoccurring dream that my luggage will get lost. For the past few weeks I keep envisioning my friends with all their suitcases and mine no where to be found as the ship leaves for the open sea. My paranoia led me to try and cram as much as possible into carry-on bags. Surprisingly, I succeeded. Watch the video below to see how I packed for my upcoming trip.
First things first....I'm sorry. I am late A.F. with this post but life has been a little crazy lately. Good crazy, but crazy. I recently made a big career move and my new position started right when I got back from DC. Working FT while raising little man has been taking up most of my time, but I'm back and ready to dive in.
Now... time for the reason you're here....
In a few hours, my hyperactive 2-year-old and I will be on a bus headed from NYC to Washington D.C. Just wanted to post a few quick tips for surviving a long ride with your little one.
1. Snacks & Entertainment on Deck!
My kid loves to eat, but he's also 2 and picky AF. This time around, I decided to pack a sandwich (PB & J), chips, fruit, fruit snacks, juice, water and cereal. Will this be enough? God, I hope so.
Also, iPad (and headphones because I'm not an a**hole). I can hear the judgey comments now. "Too much screen time is bad, blah, blah." You try keeping a 2 year old entertained in a public space for 4+ hours. This is what works for us. Public temper tantrums will NOT happen on my watch. This keeps him calm. Sue me.
2. Pack Light
Pack light (or light adjacent). My backpack has all of our clothes and necessities. His has his snacks and his iPad. I also packed Pull-Ups and wipes. My son is potty trained and usually wears regular underwear, but on long trips accidents can happen. Plus he hates public toilets. Can't say I blame him.
3. Getting Around
DC is pretty accessible via public transportation, so I didn't see a need to rent a car. Instead, I opted to bring a stroller. His regular stroller is too bulky, so I bought a cheap Mickey Mouse umbrella stroller off Amazon. It weighs next to nothing and I can throw it underneath the bus during travel to and from DC. We plan to hit up the museums and I'm sure all of that walking will wear him out. Those of us with kids know how much it sucks to try and get around with a sleepy toddler. He's getting too big to carry, so stroller it is. I much rather carry that small stroller while he runs wild and then push him when he starts to tire.
That's all for now. DC bound in the AM. Wish us luck!