This is what the day of our move (April 30-May 1) is looking like:
Pack up the rental car and check out of the hotel (we will be at the Hale Koa in Waikiki for about a week before we leave). Brian drops me, the kids and our massive amounts of luggage (everything we will need/have until we get our household goods shipment 2-3 months later) off at the airport extra early, goes to return the rental car, and takes the shuttle back to the airport. Our plane takes off at five minutes past noon. (Fantastic.) The flight is 8 1/2 hours. We land in Tokyo, go through customs, get our luggage, and take a shuttle from terminal 2 to terminal 1. Two hours after our flight lands, we get on a shuttle bus to the Navy base. The ride takes two hours. We will be dropped off at the Navy Lodge sometime around 7:30pm local time, which will feel like 2:30am to us. Then we get to wait in line with everyone else who was on the shuttle bus in order to check in. Did I mention that we'll have a three-year-old and a one-year-old with us?
We have an iPod external battery pack. But we have three iPods*, so I'm gonna have to buy two more. Because that's 12.5 hours from take-off to check-in at the hotel, not even counting the time at the airport before we get on the plane. And, uh, I'm thinking that there won't be much sleep going on. Because my kids are funny like that.
*(Brian got a new iPod for Christmas because he ran out of room on his and wants to be able to bring all of his music and massive amounts of movies with him when he goes on the ship. So his old one defaulted to Brandon. He calls it his "wah-pod". He mostly uses it to watch monster truck videos.)
ETA: The shuttle to the base, it seems, does not have carseats available to borrow. So. We either use the CARES harnesses like we were planning to, check the carseats and pay the additional baggage fees (upwards of $200 per extra item!) or we spend 8.5 hours smushed against them on the plane. $#%@^&^%@#&^$ I'm thinking we'll be trying to tetris both carseats together into one bag.
Leave It To The Pros
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