After two three-hour flights and nine days abroad with Finn, I must say that traveling with him was much easier than I ever expected. Before leaving for the airport, I tried to arm myself well against a variety of potential disasters by loading up with diapers, changes of clothing, medicines, sanitizers, lotions, books, and laptop complete with a baby Einstein sign language DVD, but the truth is that the simplest of things actually served us best. In addition to our trusty Peanut-Shell sling, which kept our most precious cargo close, accessible, and EASY to carry , the two other most useful items were Mr. Crab, a cheap, tiny, orange bath toy, and Sophie, an overpriced but squeaky and apparently very tasty rubber giraffe. Both are small, lightweight, very portable, easily grasped by little hands, fun for the gums (teeth five and six erupted while vacationing!), useful in any tub, and quickly WASHABLE! I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the last point: it’s quite frustrating to cart around a bag full of previously dropped, germy objects, trying to remember which are clean and which are dirty. Instead, with a few simple, old-school toys and an occasional skip over to the nearest sink, we were able to provide Finn with hours of entertainment — without ANY batteries or power cables.