Reply to Tips for a big international trip with a 3 month old?
Kim

For sure call to get the bassinet for your flight! 3mo is super easy to travel with, easier to fly than drive I swear! My 3yo has done 8 rt flights and 2 of them were international. Really if you are breastfeeding that makes it easy to travel, bring a pump for sure (even if just a simple hand pump) if you want flexibility like you would at home. If you plan to travel by car bring your car seat. Rentals are expensive and often can be unsafe due to getting tossed around. A friend lent us a small compact stroller that fit in an overhead and that was awesome for Europe. For 3mo make sure it reclines tho since that young cant support neck properly yet. I recommend bringing something to wear the baby, whatever you like best, Tula, baby bjorn, sash mei, etc. it is nice to explore hands free from a stroller and if you want to hike you can go where a stroller can’t. Provence is wonderful and we went there on a trip (pre-kid). If you can make it to Dordogne region while you are there I would recommend that area too (cool cave art, lots of farmers markets and much greener). Just depends how long you plan to stay. In Provence along the sea there is a neat national park where you can see wild horses, flamingos and bulls. We like to fly Air France, and the A380 plane is huge, but quiet and amazing. I looove that plane and don’t want to fly international on anything else. Only certain airports can handle it, so Boston is prolly closest from Maine. You could take a train or drive perhaps from Paris. We drove and it was lovely and beautiful. The car rental was surprisingly inexpensive, getting out of Paris was easy, but back in was traffic and a nightmare for us. I would skip hotels and stay with the locals. In Europe we used Sawdays to book lodging, kinda like Airbnb. We also use Airbnb in europe with success. Nice to talk to the locals to find all the hidden spots, and more variety of areas you can stay than standard lodging. When we went to Luxembourg our Airbnb hooked us up with a crib so we didn’t need to bring one. Buy everything when you arrive, we packed 4 days of clothes for the adults and 6 for the kids and managed to do carryon only, all our Airbnb’s has laundry, so why pack a ton of clothes. Buy diapers, shampoo, wipes, etc at a local store. Most importantly, have fun! Eat local, chat up the locals and explore!!