What took you to Ghana and how old was your child when you made the trip?
My father-in-law’s 70th birthday. My child was 19 months.
What preparations did you make before travelling?
I checked what travel vaccinations Henry would need several months before the trip. As it was his first trip abroad and on a plane, I spoke to a few friends for tips and advice for travelling with children.
How was the flight to Accra?
It was ok. As it was a day flight, he was awake for most of the journey and it was quite tiring trying to keep him occupied and entertained.
Where did you stay and did you have to make any special arrangements for your baby?
We stayed with my parents-in-law. We made no special arrangements but we brought a travel cot with us plus mosquito net and car seat.
What were the highlights of your trip?
It was wonderful to see how well Henry adjusted to life in Ghana, he was so happy and playful. Also, it was interesting to see the development in Henry’s speech from spending two weeks full time (he normally goes to nursery) with his parents and relatives. Other highlights included my parents-in-law renewing their wedding vows and witnessing my husband’s uncle being sworn in as a Supreme Court judge in front of the President of Ghana!
And the most challenging aspects?
Not having access to the variety of food that Henry is used to. Also changing Henry’s nappy when out and about was challenging as there were no baby changing facilities.
Any funny stories to share?
Henry’s holiday romance – a little girl called Destiny took quite a shine to him!
What was your most useful piece of baby kit?
Well it’s not technically baby kit but on the advice of a friend we brought a portable DVD player which really helped to keep Henry entertained. Also handy were disposable milk bottles and our ruck sac baby carrier (LittleLife Traveller S2 Carrier from Mothercare).
What should you have left behind?
A food warming flask.
What advice do you have for parents making a similar journey?
Try and minimise the amount of luggage – you don’t need to use the full baggage allowance allocated by the airline. Also bring new books/toys for the plane journey. And don’t forget a spare set of clothes for yourself in case your baby is sick all over you!