Well, we've made it! We got our crazy circus of a family and bags from Michigan to Costa Rica! And what an amazing help my sister and brother in law were! I don't want to make this trip again without them, although I am not sure they are going to want to come with us every time.
Now that we have made it, there are some things I wanted to mention that were helpful this time around for us.
The stroller- yes, it's one more thing, but my it was helpful for our big boys, and there was one particular connection in Cleveland I don't think we would have made had it not been for the stroller. Little legs couldn't have walked that fast.
Baby Wrap- or sling or whatever. I used my moby this time and loved it! Quinn was secure and snug, and slept a lot of the time. It also freed my hands up for other things and it made it so I could push the stroller, while the other adults pulled bags and carried backpacks.
A porter- yep, that guy got all those bags on the cart there!
Ask about gate checking your carry on- we had a lot, and there were a couple of times my husband asked if there was going to be room in the overhead bins for our rolling bags. I think every time the flight attendent looked at us and said, "nope, let me gate check those for you." While we still had to pick them up at the end of the flight, a couple of times they sent them through to baggage claim, and it saved us the hassle of putting them in the overhead bins. So ask!
A social living coupon for Starbucks- seriously, a week before we left, I got a $10 card for $5 and it went to good use the second day of our fight. I was able to bribe our kids out of bed at an obnoxiously early hour with the promise of hot chocolate. I think I got both their hot chocolates and my last pumpkin latte for $10.12. Ha!
Paperclips- One of the Grandmas gave us a bag of paperclips for the boys to play with on the planes and oh my! They were great! Our middle guy, Elliot, spent the better part of two days making a paperclip chain with them. Yes, he is our engineer, I am sure of it!
Have all your paperwork in order- In order to enter Costa Rica as a tourist (which we did, and now we are working on our visas) you have to have a exit strategy. This means an exit ticket of some sort, plane or bus ticket. We had copies of our bus tickets which was perfect, but we saw several other people get held up at the gate to the plane because they couldn't prove they were going to leave by bus. They ended up having to buy a return plane ticket at the last minute. Yikes!
So any last thoughts about moving? What is the one thing you would tell a new missionary about the process?
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Moving Across the World: Packing
Moving Across the World: The Big Day(s)