Coming Home Outfit
5 Pajamas (could be outfit too)
5 Pr. Socks
3 Vinyl Bibs
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I've been looking for some Hong Bao to use for cash gifts while in China. Do any of you know if one of the options shown below is a better choice than the others?
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I just got an email from Susan at Smartpacking.com and wanted to share with you all...
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Also some great links below:
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Here's my list for Baby Meds Challenge:
What I Have:
Purell Hand Sanitizer
Baby Vapor Rub
Liquilytes Instant Mix
Water Babies Sunscreen
Mini Travel First Aid Kit (bandages different sizes)
Alcohol Swab wipes
Health Care Travel Kit (Thermometer, Nasal Aspirator, Med Dropper,
Nail Clipper, Med Spoon, travel case)
Rice Cereal (read somewhere good for rehydration)
Off Insect Repellent Wipes (family formula low deet)
Neosporin to Go individual packets
Benadryl Individual Packets( not sure I'll need these for baby)
To purchase still:
Humphrey's #3 Teething Pellets
Little noses saline spray
Posted by Evelyn at 10:51 AM
Here is what I have so far:
Aquphor, orajel, Balmax, antibiotic ointment, Benadryl, Bulb aspirator, thermometer, band - aids and cleaning wipes, small scissors, Aveeno hydrocortizone cream, Tylenol, Moltrin, bug repellent, prunes, vicks rub, medicine syringe, and cool compress.
I need to buy:sunblock, lotrimin, ceralyte, mylicon drops, and prescription meds. For prescriptions I plan on taking an antibiotic, erythromycin for eye infections,and permethrin cream for scabies.
Posted by Melissa at 9:19 AM
I can't remember if we were doing just baby meds this month or if it also included adult meds/toiletries. I only did the baby meds, so adult stuff will probably be next up for me.
Here's what I have so far (shown above):
I also talked to our pediatrician about prescriptions and have decided to bring just Elimite, which we'll get closer to travel.
It feels really good to be getting some of this stuff done in advance. I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done ... and we don't even have our referral yet!
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Our agency suggested bringing 10-12 small gifts and to plan for a couple extra for unexpected people whom we would want to express gratitude toward. The gifts above were purchased for the orphanage director, notarial officers, coordinators, interpreters, and orphanage nannies. We decided on buying multiples and then grouping the gifts as we wrap them while we are in China. We are going to take the set of gift bags and tissue paper (which came pre-sorted to match perfectly) that we purchased at Target to wrap the gifts in China. Here is what we purchased to give:
Above, is a photograph of some of the wonderful handmade soaps we purchased. They were made in California, are wonderfully scented, and we thought very pretty. Also, very practical. We found them at Von Maur at our local shopping mall.
We found these lip glosses at Bath & Body Works - they were made in OH, USA and have a little "American" flair. Plus, we thought they were soft colors, very wearable, and smell good too! Can't forget to mention easy to pack - and saving space!
Our agency recommends that each family plan on giving a gift to their child's orphanage as well. Some ideas they gave us:
They advised us that many families choose to purchase these gifts while in China instead of packing them, but we had already been collecting sleepers for our gift before we received that information. So we have several Carter's sleepers sizes NB - 3 months. We are planning on bringing these with us - if they fit in the luggage. If not, we will purchase what is needed in China. If they do fit, then we can use that extra space on the way home for lots of wonderful souvenirs.
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I know I am late ~ sorry!! Things have been crazy!!
I sent Ella's care package yesterday ~ yipee!! I was almost in tears at the post office it was so emotional!
Our care package was just over 3 kg ~ it was in one of those photo boxes from Michael's. We included a soft doll, a blanket, a taggie blanket (that we had slept with), 3 prs of socks, photo album (Sassy album with our pictures in it) a disposable camera, questions for the orphanage and some candies for the nannies. And we put her picture on the outside of the album, camera and bag for the taggie.
Posted by Angela at 4:36 AM
Better late than never! Here is the first care package that we will be sending to Abby Grace. I plan on sending it out tomorrow. Then another one in two weeks. I put the blanket in a ziploc bag b/c I read somewhere that it would help to keep our scent on it.
Winnie the Pooh blanket
Winnie the Pooh rattle
Winnie the Pooh socks
Starburst jelly beans for nannies
Photo album (even though most told us it won't do any good since she's so young)
I included the translated letter that our agency provided, as well as a list of questions for her caretakers.
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Here's my care package for Meili. These are the items:
Warm Ladybug Blankie
Teether Stuffed toy
2 Pairs socks
2 Lace burp cloths-for the newborns
Nuk Pacifier-for the newborns
Will add later:
Candies for nannie, if I buy them now, I'll eat them :) LOL.
Who Loves Baby Photo Album
Translated Camera Instructions
For packing I used this cardboard photo box holder. I will probably place into another more sturdy box. But it's the closest I found to the size of a shoe box.
I'll be going out to find this at our local Babies R US today. And plan to add photos of us, the house, her room, and of course her big brother!
Posted by JEM Adoption Journey at 5:53 AM
I am not done yet but I wanted to post it before we moved onto the next challenge. I have 2 cameras, photo album, taggie and a stuffed frog for Lily. I have a teether, blanket and socks for the other children. I still need Jelly Bellies and choclates for the nannies. I ordered the "book" of questions and I need to write my letter. I have a box but I think it is to small, so I will need to find a larger box. My plan is to use Bleesed Kids to translate my letters and I will also send my pacakge to them and they will deliver it for me. I have a taggie blanket and a frog for home so if we don't get those back it will be OK. Thanks for everyone's ideas, this was so fun!!
Posted by Melissa at 2:08 PM
Here's (most of) our care package:Pictured are:
baby's family photo album (referral photo will go in the window on the front)
labels for photos (they are ready, but not stuck in yet because we are missing a couple of photos)
2 bags of Jelly Bellys
4 small boxes of Frango chocolates
"taggie" blanket that I bought on Etsy (sooo cute!)
fleece blanket that we got from one of our secret pals
a bunny lovey
two sleepers (on sale for $10 at Gymboree!)
4 pairs of baby socks
Missing from photo:
letter to orphanage director (not finished)
baby questions book (not here yet)
I've bought three boxes so far - one of them seems a little smaller than a shoe box and the other two seem bigger. I think I want something around 14x9x6 , but so far haven't found one that size. Anyway, what this really means is that I haven't done a test pack yet and don't know how much of this won't fit. If there is a space problem, I'll pull out the fleece blanket and the "taggie" blanket.
Posted by NorasMommy at 6:13 PM
OK so I have been obsessed with this challenge. I think I have everything and probably more then what I need/want to send to Sophia's orphanage once we know where she is.
The first picture is an over view of everything including the box.
The second is a picture of just the things I am sending for Sophia
A soft Blanket, a teething toy, a soft doll, and a photo album with pictures of me and Riz , my mom, in-laws, and her nursery. There is a spot on the front of the album for her picture.
The Third is the things I am send for the other children in the orphanage..
2 sleepers, 2 packages of socks, a package of linking rings, a teething toy, a set of play keys, and 3 small rattles.
The fourth are the things I want to send to the nannies. I will buy something appropriate for the director once we know if it is a male or female.
1 package of hard candy,1 bag of, Hershey Kisses, 1 package of Peppermint Patties, 1 bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, 5 lipsticks and 5 nail polish
The camera X2
2 disposable cameras
The last is the letter I am sending. I will also be sending the list of questions that Jennifer put on the group...
So now my challenge is to get it all in the box... LOL...
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To all travelers: Put all your valuables in your carry-on. Nothing is safe anymore!! You think your luggage is safe with fancy locks ?? WRONG!! This is going to make you nervous every time it's out of your sight and you won't even know if it's been opened until you look inside to see if anything is missing. So much for luggage locks....
Watch the video.
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Effective January 1, 2008, the following rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low:
Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare batteries.
You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage
You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage – see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!
Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.
The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours:
Under the new rules, you can bring batteries with up to 8-gram equivalent lithium content. All lithium ion batteries in cell phones are below 8 gram equivalent lithium content. Nearly all laptop computers also are below this quantity threshold.
You can also bring up to two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of up to 25 grams, in addition to any batteries that fall below the 8-gram threshold. Examples of two types of lithium ion batteries with equivalent lithium content over 8 grams but below 25 are shown below.
For a lithium metal battery, whether installed in a device or carried as a spare, the limit on lithium content is 2 grams of lithium metal per battery.
Almost all consumer-type lithium metal batteries are below 2 grams of lithium metal. But if you are unsure, contact the manufacturer!
Examples of extended-life rechargeable lithium batteries (more than 8 but not more than 25 grams of equivalent lithium content):
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