It sounded like a good idea. A mostly paid for trip since my husband had a conference in Washington DC. The little fella and I would just tag along and take advantage of this opportunity for a mini-vacation. But we failed to consider a lot of things, of that, I’m sure. Normally, I am ever the planner. For some reason, for this trip, all planning went out the window. I was so relaxed, and the trip snuck up on me, that I was left packing just hours before we left. Anyone with a baby knows, preparation is key! Let’s just say that our inaugural trip with a child (outside of visiting family), provided us with many valuable lessons. Here’s to hoping you don’t make the same mistakes!
It started out swimmingly. Leo was a peach on the plane. He did not make a peep and slept the whole time. We could not have been more lucky. Neighboring passengers commented on how well-behaved he was (well, he was asleep, people). Nonetheless, we were pleased as punch that we did not annoy our fellow travelers. After baggage claim, where we collected our two rolling suitcases along with our largish stroller, we headed to the Metro station. We decided to forgo bringing a carseat, thus relegating ourselves to using the Metro and/or walking. A wonderful decision…in theory. We decided to get off a few Metro stops before our hotel to avoid switching lines. We figured we could walk to the hotel from a slightly farther station without having to go through the hassle of switching lines and messing with more elevators–required when you have a stroller. The fewer elevators the better. They are dark, dingy, and smelly. When we looked up the distance to our hotel, it was only about 1.25 miles. Normally, this would not phase me. After all, I am the girl who made my husband walk 8 miles in Paris in one day (in pouring rain, I might add). But we forgot we had a baby now. Things just take longer.
Oh, and we forgot it was 96 degrees with a ZILLION percent humidity. So we trudged along, pushing a stroller and wheeling two large suitcases for over a mile in the steamy streets of the District, right around lunchtime, might I add. By the time we got to the hotel, sweat was dripping down our fronts and backs. We were exhausted.
Lesson 1: research your destination. DC in the dead of summer, probably not brilliant. It all worked out and the next few days were cooler, but it put a hamper on walking around the city Also, research traveling while in your destination. Although our jogging stroller was great for maneuvering city streets and bumps, a much more convenient option for a city vacation (for an infant) would have been our “snap and go” stroller frame, to which our carseat attaches. It is much more portable and we would have had a carseat for possible taxi travel.