I’m all for any product which makes it easier to travel with my husband and two kids. Make the process faster, keep me organized, and add a little style on top of it all, and you have my business. Last month, while product scouting at the NY NOW trade show for home and lifestyle products, I found several new products I love, and I wanted to pass along my finds.
Today, it’s all about packing. Tomorrow, I’ll share travel accessories and “on the go” entertainment.
WHAT: “Free Like Birdie” Travel System
Perfect for: Uber-organized parents who still pack for their kids
To expedite packing for your kids, this set of various sizes of waterproof bags includes a diaper pouch with changing pad, a clothes bag, and a “weekender” travel bag with shoulder strap. You can refer to the chart on the inside to remember basics like socks and pajamas. Even better, there are two sections to separate clean and dirty items. I also love the “green” qualities of this reusable and eco-friendly product; the bags are free from phalates, PVC, lead and chlorine.
WHAT: Cargo luggage from Flight 001
Perfect for: A traveling family of four, or a family with four kids
With this stackable and virtually indestructible set, each member of the family can get their own color-coded piece of luggage. The candy-hued polypropylene exterior hard shells are available in yellow, blue, pink and charcoal. Each piece weighs less than 8 pounds, and is transported easily on two wheels with a retractable handle. Inside, mesh organization pockets make it easy for your kids to organize their own stuff.
WHAT: Bag Tags by Mudpuppy
Perfect for: Kids who want to express their personalities when traveling
These colorful I.D. tags give a utilitarian product expressive flair. Your kids can choose their favorite from the collection, which includes the airplane, taxi, robot, owl, cupcake, and the Madeline book series character. The tags are made of bright, durable felt with decorative contrast stitching, and the address slot includes a personal information card. A metal buckle and felt strap secures the tag to any backpack or suitcase, and the transparent backing protects the written information from the elements.
WHAT: “Mini Avery” accessory cases from Lolo
Perfect for: The tween or teen traveler in your family
To be honest, even my divatastic six-year old daughter would love this light blue vinyl zippered pouch with pink “OMG” letters stitched on the front. The diminutive dimensions — 3.5″ tall and 4.5″ wide — make it work perfectly as a mini make-up case or coin purse. Other fun styles sport a peace sign, the Eiffel Tower, an airplane, and the words “Surf” and “Beach.”
–Traci L. Suppa
Traci L. Suppa drags her small-town family to see a quirky array of the world’s largest, longest, or tallest things, and blogs about it at Go BIG or Go Home.