Mom Hacks: Airport Edition

If you know me, then you know I spend a good bit of time in airports. Working in PR with clients all over the country and world, the Atlanta International Airport has become a second office.

As a family, we haven’t ventured off on any trips that require flying just yet…but come July, the Faulkners are going to Maine and it’ll be Westley’s first time flying. In preparation for our trip, I’ve been extra vigilant during my travels to see how other families of young kids handle navigating an airport with a toddler.

ATL never disappoints and I witnessed a bit of a travel miracle in the shape of a suitcase that doubles as a sweet ride for kids. It’s called JetKids BedBox® and the site describes it as “the ultimate travel gadget for children up to 6-7 years of age. It is your child´s hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and inflight bed/leg-rest, in the very same box.”

While I didn’t get to see the JetKids BedBox in all its glory as an actual inflight bed…witnessing a smiling 4 year-old girl laughing her way through the terminals and onto the Plane Train was enough to sell me on this travel miracle. I immediately took a photo and video and asked the mom about it. She literally lit up and told me this is her go to travel companion. Knowing Westley, who refuses to ride in a stroller and is Mr. Independent, we MUST purchase a JetKids for Maine — it’s either that or the dreaded leash. (Not happening).

As soon as I got home, I told Sam all about it and proceeded to look up more info about JetKids on the company’s website. The more I researched, the more excited I got about this contraption. We will be able to store his toys and such in it, he’ll ride on the suitcase throughout the airport and then during the flight (once the seatbelt sign is off), we can convert it to a bed, so We can lounge and nap. Hallelujah!

The JetKids BedBox retails for $169, which may sound a little pricey, but not when you consider it’s triple threat accessories (suitcase, airport ride and bed) and your sanity.

I’ll be putting this sucker to the test in July and will report back with an update!

Happy hacking!



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