We are trying to plan a trip to Maine this spring or summer. My family is from Maine so both my grandmothers live there. I have aunts, uncles, and cousins throughout the state as well that I would like to visit. My mom's mom is celebrating her 95th birthday this October so we want to get out there this year in honor of that occasion. We thought this would be a great opportunity for our family to meet Mia too.
We aren't sure if we want to drive or fly. Flying would be faster, but even with gas prices as high as they are it would cost more to fly, especially when you figure in the cost of renting a car with a car seat. I hate the hassle of flying. However, with a baby it's always nice to be able to get where you're going faster. There are so many things to think about when flying with an infant. Here's a list of questions to ask from Babycenter.com.
When driving we have a much longer trip (between 24 and 26 hours). With a baby that will be even longer for changing stops. I think we can do the feeding on the road. We have a travel bottle warmer, I can pump in the car, and we can feed Mia in the car seat as we drive. The only problem is we'd have to pull over to burp her. The question is, will we have room for our stuff and everything we need to pack for Mia. Here's a list of things to pack just for baby from Babycenter.com. It would be nice to have our own car with all the driving we have to do. We have to go to Portland (Cumberland County), Bangor area (Southern Penobscot County), Millinocket (Central Penobscot County), and Hodgdon (Aroostook County near Houlton) to visit family. We will literally have to drive the whole length of the state.
If we drive we can stop in Ohio to visit our family there too which we wouldn't be able to do if we traveled by air.
Does anyone have any suggestions for traveling with a baby? Mia will be 7 months old by the time we go on this trip if we go in June.