Costumes were ordered. Our trick o treating route was planned. Rain didn’t dampen our moods as we headed over to Beacon Hill, the most famous Halloween street in America!
The gigantic candy bars and the open door policy that lends an almost block party atmosphere are not the only reasons to trick-or-treat in the this famous neighbourhood. Beacon Hill has been rated the number one spot to show off the children’s Halloween costumes across the nation. Visiting ghosts and ghouls in big rambling homes and festive lawns attracts people from all over the world. We saw firefighters, police officers, princesses, superheroes and astronauts. Halloween 2014 was one of the best nights of my life, watching the kids faces as we walked up and down the narrow streets, meeting new people and staring in awe at the unbelievable decorations.
The sun beamed as we headed to historical Georgetown, about a 15 minute drive from our hotel. We walked along Main Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street towards Georgetown University. The quaint streets and boutique shopping lured in tourists especially at Georgetown Cupcake, as they lined up like ants outside and around the street.
Harriet was 15 months old when we departed on the adventure. She was almost walking, still being ferried around in an ergo baby carrier and relied on me for everything as a young toddler does.
She mastered walking in Japan, 3 weeks after we left Sydney. And has eaten in so many different restaurants and high chairs that I have lost count. Her passport is looking pretty amazing I might add.
Travelling with a toddler around the world has been surprisingly easy. As much as some people stress about it, if you plan ahead, you can prepare for little hiccups along the way. Airplane travel can be hectic for anyone, the constant security checks, arriving well ahead of departure time, waiting around at gates with flight delays, shortages of decent food in the terminals, the list is endless. But kids are resilient and usually don’t even notice these factors, try and keep them pre-occupied before the flight and ensure you always, ALWAYS have enough snacks!
A question I always get asked by strangers we meet is “how do you pack for 3 kids and be on the move every few days/weeks?”
And to be honest, I’ve really had to relax my stance on so many packing rules and become flexible. I was adamant from the start of this journey that the kids would need a few things on the trip that will be essential to their happiness and comfort. As bulky or heavy as they might be, we carry these items around to ensure the kids are happy which makes me happy.
From left to right, here are some essential items that have been with us on the journey so far. Keep in mind, this list is for my older children aged 6 and nearly 4.