Travel insurance! Must email our travel agent, Emma, for a quote, but from quick perusal of the brochure she gave us, NRMA looks better.
Buy an umbrella stroller – last time we didn’t know what an umbrella stroller was, and the stroller we took was big enough it had to be “checked luggage” for a number of our flights, especially on smaller planes. We definitely want to have that stroller with us for the in between flight bits, where we have to get a toddler, two older kids, hand luggage for the lot of us, plus Elli’s car seat (which we will be using for most flights) from one plane to another, sometimes with a couple of hours to fill in. And we’ll be wanting to take a sling to carry Eliane in, cause that stroller is going to be full!
Return stroller to friend’s who lent us one that they have used as travel stroller but that we’ve decided is too big.
Buy a second suitcase. We have one good suitcase, which was fine with just the three of us last time, but with the five of us? I don’t think so!
Consider whether we have appropriate bags for our carry-on luggage.
Oh, get passports for everyone (except me, I had to renew mine last time). Getting a baby passport photo done is always fun! (not.)
Declutter/tidy house for the house sitters!
Organise to use that house cleaning voucher I bought a while ago, before it runs out at the end of August!
Decide whether to let the housesitters manage the chooks or ‘board’ them with a friend.
Book accommodation for the night we are spending in Athens (part of a night anyway – our flight out is about 5am, and it’s an international flight, so I’m guessing we need to be at the airport by around 3am. Fun!).
Write packing list.
Buy gifts for people we’ll be staying with.
Ask friend’s who own the house on Karpathos whether there’s anything they’d like us to take over for them. Get a housewarming present for their house (which is new) (I’m thinking some kids books to leave there – and maybe some grownup ‘holiday reading’? After all, what’s a beach house without an Agatha Christie novel?)
Pick up the tickets from the travel agent.
Check with the travel agent about that flight that keeps getting moved up and back by five minutes – should we be worried about the connecting flight yet? There’s now only 45 minutes between them.
Get approval for Eliane’s car seat from qantas and find out whether or not we’ll have to take it off the plane in Singapore.