- The millimeter wave technology used in some AIT booths emits thousands of times less energy than a regular cell phone transmission.
- The backscatter scan technology used in other AIT booths produces the equivalent exposure any person receives during 2 minutes of flying in an airplane at altitude.
FOLLOW UP : Read about Advanced Imaging Technology at San Fancisco International – with children in this post.
I’m a sentimentalist. In the side pocket of an ugly old purse I seldom use tucked in the back corner of my closet, I still keep a used Metro ticket from my first visit to Paris. In my dress-up coat, which is very rarely worn (I assure you, especially now with three children), I keep a collection of ticket stubs to the various performances I’ve been so lucky to attend while wearing that coat.
You can probably imagine how this obsessive compulsion manifested itself one I had my first child—and began traveling with her. Now lap child ticket stubs and inspection stickers on car seats and strollers are sacred at our house. And after any trip, I like to keep what airline tags we’ve earned waving proudly in the wake of our travel stroller like the feathers of a ceremonial headdress, reminding me with an occasional glance of the great places the stroller has been and the moments we’ve shared together with it.
This morning I had a good reminder of what else stroller tags are good for, as I opened my front door and found my trusty travel stroller standing there on the doormat, greeting me like an old friend dropping by because she was simply in the neighborhood.
Since I’ve been keeping it in the back of the car lately, this seemed a rather odd placement. Yet as you can probably imagine, while in the thick of final edits, proofing, cover design, and several other matters concerning the publication of this next book, “Mommy Brain” has been wreaking serious havoc on some of the other aspects of my life of late. Like the kiddie carpool.
No, thankfully I have not forgotten any of the kiddies in the carpool this week. Just the stroller I used to get my youngest to and from my streetside parking space while collecting the bigger kids.
Thank you, stroller fairy.
Travel in peak seasons with the added chaos of gift shopping and possible weather issues can be challenging enough. For those of you who are setting out for Thanksgiving travel or journeys through the rest of the upcoming holidays with young children, do yourself a favor this week and simplify what you can—while you still can.
Here are three things you can do this week and thank yourself for later:
1. Reserve the baby gear you will want to rent at your destination. Whether it’s a car seat or a crib, a box of toys, or baby safety gates, think it through now and getting your reservations in if you haven’t done so already. See the worldwide directory of baby gear rental agencies.
2. Create a shipment of baby essentials or toddler necessities to meet you at your destination. Although nothing says, “I love you,” like a Thanksgiving hug and prompt exit to go shopping for diapers and baby food, it will be a great convenience for you and comfort to your hosts to have the goods waiting for you on arrival. Use a service like Babies Travel Lite (and save $5 with our checkout code TRAVELS) or send a package to your hosts’ address using Amazon.com.
3. Prepare, or update, your child’s Travel Kit. These are the basic products that could help your young child through a wide range of challenges that might crop up during your travels (full list of suggestions in Chapter 3 of Travels with Baby), but could be hard to come by in the middle of the night at a hotel or relative’s home. Especially recommended this season: Baby vapor rub. That’s a photo of my TSA-ready modified Travel Kit I take in my carry-on above, when I put other Travel Kit items in my checked suitcase.
I dish out a lot of advice, so it’s always nice to hear a follow up after a family travels. Those of you who might recall this post from a mom with a Phil & Ted’s double, or any of you contemplating which double travel stroller to take on a trip to Europe may be interested in the outcome. Thanks, Rachel, for letting us know how it went for your family! Her note follows:
Thank you for your advice, Shelly!
The Maclaren Twin ended up being perfect for our trip and I am so glad we got it. There ended up being multiple times where my husband and I had to carry the stroller up stairs (in train stations with no elevator) or push it up the escalator and it never would have worked with the Phil & Teds double. It was great being able to recline one seat (for the 4 month old) while our 2.5 year old sat up. It was easy to quickly fold it up for airport security. The baskets were useful and we used the rain cover often in the rainy European countries we went to. I was amazed how well the wheels did on the cobblestone AND that it fit through just about every standard doorway in Europe (we often got skeptical looks from people who thought we wouldn’t fit through though!) While many of the locals in Europe had Phil & Teds or other all-terrain strollers and we love using ours at home, I am so glad we went with the lightweight Maclaren for our travels through 3 different countries.
So thanks again–perfect recommendation.
Coincidentally, I’m pretty much decided that my own Maclaren Twin, which worked great for juggling 3 weary kids 5 years apart through the airport in the middle of the night, will not be making our next journey to Europe. Wow! Could we really be back to only one in the stroller–even with red-eyes, layovers, and jetlag!? Well, we’ll see.
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