Done a fair bit of traveling in my time so here goes...
- do I take a pram or buy one there? We have a flight, a few buses to catch and also a long distance train on this trip. Thinking maybe buying a lightweight one there would be easier?
Depending what your plans are while there etc would affect what I would do here. I would take something with me tho. I would either take a proper pram (if planning lots of walks in not too crowded areas etc but maybe not the best surfaces as lightweight strollers suck on crappy sufaces and you don't want to spend time fighting with the pram), if you'll do a bit of walking but your dd will probably walk a bit herself then I would take a lightweight stroller. Otherwise I would take a backpack instead. Makes crowded areas much easier to navigate and not an issue what surfaces are like. We just took our backpack when we did our big trip round Europe and Ds slept in it happily or watched what was going on. (He was 20-22 months...)
- best in flight entertainment? 9 hour flight
Anything that keeps her occupied at home. Stickers, colouring books, books to read, movies, toys... Take a selection of things. And some new bits wrapped up (like presents-but just $2 shop stuff or similar). Pull them out when she's restless. And doesn't matter if they get lost if they're $2 shop things. Busy bag type things. And food. lots of food. Lol.
- flight back is overnight. Dd doesn't have her own seat but I have a bulkhead seat. Didn't tell them her age so I got a bassinet seat for the extra room. How the hell do I get her to sleep on a plane though?? She normally sleeps face down in her cot!
Cuddle to sleep, or put facedown in the plane bassinet like you would at home and hope. Or maybe make up a mattress on the floor by your feet and put her to sleep there. But they changed the rules on this and don't like you doing it so you may not be allowed. Bottle to sleep. Whatever works! wink I would follow your home routineso once on the and give her something to eat etc then get her pjs on and then put down to bed (however you decide will best suit) and go for it.
- need to learn what to look for when buying wipes, nappies in japan!
Haven't been to Japan before but have been to other parts of Asia... How long is your trip for?! I actually calculated how many nappies I would need and took them with me (huggies) I bought them by the box and so packed a few strips in the suitcases. Vacuum packed they didn't take THAT much room and my figuring was as I used them up it left space for the things I bought over there to pack into my suitcase. Lol. I did buy more at one stage on our massive trip but I just looked for brands I recognised and got them.
- part of the trip will be in the snow, so not sure if anyone has extra tips for that?
An all in one snow suit. Lots of warm clothes. And always have at least one spare change coz if she gets wet in any way she will be miserable and cold. Will she be skiing?! Tobogganing?! Or just playing?! Goggles (as in snow goggles not pool ones), warm layers times lots so you can add/subtract as needed, sunscreen on always! Snow reflects the sun and blisters from sunburn hurt like hell even when it doesn't look that sunny! Um, beanies, gloves/mittens. For her age I would go mittens. Hell of a lot easier to get into than gloves. And make sure they're waterproof. Drinks, food, and lots of breaks in the cafe to warm up and refuel.
Anything at all you think of which would be helpful for me would be awesome!
Before getting on the flight (after you have checked in and have time to kill) do "races" you ride the tea elated and she runs beside... Go explore that shop the other end of the airport etc. anything to fire her out. The races game works wonders tho. Lol.
Um... Can't think what else right now but ask away and I'll answer. smile