In case you missed the news last weekend, Little Mr and I have been selected to go on a fantastic 3 night trip with 4 other bloggers and their 4 children to Majorca with Thomson Holidays and Mumsnet. We will be sampling the family friendly resort of Sa Coma, Majorca and speaking to the Head of Product Development at Thomson, on how we find the resort’s facilities.
I was absolutely delighted with the news and I might have screamed a little bit. Then, the thought of sheer panic came over me as we hadn’t got a passport for Little Mr and with the trip being scheduled for mid-September, I started to flap.
Anyway, after a trip to a local photo shop for some passport photos, we were one step nearer. The photographs, for the record, are awful. They don’t actually look like Little Mr and I’m sure he’ll be really unimpressed in years to come, sorry Son! A quick dash to the Post Office and we had an application completed ready for hubby’s parents to help us fill in the details we didn’t have to hand (we were away in Norfolk at the time!) and for our friends to countersign Little Mr’s pictures and send off with everything crossed that it came back in time.
For a new child’s passport, it costs £46 or with the check and send service (to ensure there are no errors on the form and you have included everything requested) it’s £54.75. You need to include the child’s original birth certificate too which will be sent back to you. The Post Office advise at least 3 weeks for a new child passport to be processed and sent out. Little Mr’s passport must have been turned around in record time. 9 days! It only took 9 days including the weekend for it to come through. How brilliant is that?
So, with passport in hand, we can officially go abroad.. What else do I need?
– Formula (ready made to take on the plane / powder for in resort)
– Lightweight stroller
– Milton steriliser tablets for sterilising bottles in resort
– Baby carrier for when I can’t use the pushchair
– High factor sun screen
– Swim / sun safe suit and swim nappies
– Bottle brush & bottles
– Bowls and feeding utensils
– Ewan the Dream Sheep (he goes EVERYWHERE with us!)
– Will ask hotel to loan a travel cot
– Baby travel first aid kit (to include teething granules, calpol and thermometer)
– Travel Insurance
Have I missed anything? We’ve got two weeks until the trip. At the moment, I’m really excited and can’t wait to go. It’s an absolutely amazing opportunity and I’m incredibly lucky to have been selected. I’m sure I’ll be a lot more nervous nearer the time as I take Little Mr abroad on my own (well, with the help of other Mummies and some Thomson officials).
If you’ve got any advice on taking a 7 month old baby abroad, I’d love to hear from you!
Disclaimer: I have not been asked to write this post by any of the organisations mentioned, I just want to plan ahead and seek advice before my trip