Airport security with a baby / toddler

IMG_7397I’ve just returned from the Sunshine state that is Florida and I’m stoked to be home! Descending through the blanket of grey clouds to and even greyer looking Heathrow, then hopping in a taxi which led us round the grey boundary of the airport to the car, to then sit on the M25 and M1 and look at more, well, grey.  I tell ya, I just can’t get enough of England!  

This was our sixth trip abroad with the littlun and how about going through that airport security with a baby / toddler?  Its not easy, even when you think you’ve got it down to a fine art.  AKA, food in one clear bag, milk / water in another clear bag, calpol nappy cream in another and so on, and all handy ready to pull out and shove into a grey tray as you take off your belt, your watch, your shoes, pashmina – while getting your laptop out and trying not to lose your passport that seems to always be in your hand at this point. Oh and then theres trying to contain the toddler while folding up the buggy to get that on the conveyor-belt as well. 

The UK is completely different it seems to the other places I’ve travelled to with Ethan, (Spain, Portugal and the States).  At Heathrow it took us 30mins to get through security from start to finish as our bag of baby stuff was in a queue as one person was checking through nearly every bag that crossed their path, including swabbing them inside and out.  Painful to watch.  They check all the milk/food etc in a machine as well as make you taste it yourself, they look at the ml of the calpol (please don’t take this off meeeeeee!) and toss away the nappy cream as its over the 100ml limit – because all I want is a baby with nappy rash on a 10hr flight, another £3 in Boots on more cream once through.  It was a tedious experience to say the least. 

However, when flying from Europe, you get to go through as a priority due to the child so its a little less rushed.  You don’t have to strip off all your clothing and they don’t give a toss about milk / water testing.  They’ve allowed me through with a 2litre bottle of water before!

Funnily enough, the States were similar.  Yes we had to strip but we forgot to take sunscreen, water bottles and the over 100ml nappy cream out of the hand luggage and it went through unnoticed.   

Aaaaanyway – Tips for surviving UK security: 

1. Be organised

2. Buy clear bags and separate all your baby stuff

3. Milk in one, calpol / sudocrem in another

4. Food / fruit pouches in another

5. Get all that out along with lap top etc and put in grey tray

6. Strip yourself of all your valuables – watch, iPhone, belt, shoes and put in grey tray

7. Keep baby / toddler in buggy until last minute, then take out, try and get them to stand still while you fold up buggy and put on conveyor-belt

8. Pray the security people are friendly as child has run through without you and hope you set off the alarm as you run after them

9. Get buggy, get child in buggy if you can, dress yourself

10. Wait patiently as they test everything you brought with you to feed your baby / toddler. 

Welcome to Miami

We went on a boat trip around Miami which was a great way to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.  Theres a lotta dollar in Miami let me tell ya!  

Below theres a huge great yacht that belongs to some basketball guy, it actually has a basketball court on board.  The tiny patch of grass land just in the left of the photo sold for $27 million – its 800 square feet…  Spot the wakeboard boat parked alongside it.  Out of the three, I think I’d pick the land and opt for the resale.

IMG_7098We saw some huge waterfront houses as well.  Including P Diddy’s crib!  (bad pic below) His pad is mostly covered by foliage but if the gardens furnitures out (which it was), it means he’s home apparently.  Check the up close up pic below, yet another wakeboard boat.  As if P Diddy is partial a spot of wakeboarding?! 

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After a morning on the water we had obviously worked up an appetite.  We stepped off the boat and what should we see?  A Hooters of course!  

Ethan pulled.  She even let him kiss her. 

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Victoria’s Secret

So I went to the mall and went a bit crazy in Victoria’s Secret!  If you watched the VS fashion show, you’d know what I’m talking about, those girls are HOT.  VS knows how to sell product and I was sold, and as I’m in the States I felt it was the right thing to do.  I got a couple of bikinis (no I can’t wear them yet – but I will!), a tank and a beach bag thrown in for good measure.  Loving the shopping here 🙂

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