Have you ever had problems with your kids not carrying their carry-ons at the airport? It seemed to be the story of our lives for ages. I finally decided to get a fun travel bag for my kid.
Travel Bag for Kids
Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom
Whoever has traveled with a 5-year-old boy can relate to these challenges. Before leaving home your 5-year-old showers you with promises of carrying his own travel bag. Once we arrive to the airport, BAM, the whining begins, “I’m tired, I don’t want to carry it.” and other fun things that simply make it difficult to deal with and you end up taking it along with the other tons of travel bags we have.
This is a pattern that has played over and over again in my life. As Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.” Not that I want to think of myself as insane, but I have definitely crossed that line on many occasions with my kids, especially when it comes to travel.
I am was so ready for my youngest boy to become a full-on, independent traveler. That could only start at the airport and grows from there. It was time to solve the main problem – finding fun luggage for my kid to enjoy and want to carry on his own.
Trying a New Pattern – Stephen Joseph Luggage for Kids
We’ve tried many different types of backpacks, hard cases you can sit on and play games with, and they all became huge burdens for us. His initial enthusiasm runs deep, but dies off quickly and usually at the most inopportune moment, right when we’re at the airport rushing from one connection to the next.
Why? Normally, it’s because the backpack is too heavy with the stuff he piled into it. Or, it’s just not comfortable.
So my search began. I looked at a ton of different travel product reviews. Until finally Stephen Joseph Bags popped up on another travel mom’s review of travel bags for her boys. She raved about the quality and also how her kids loved rolling it from one terminal to another.
They have a huge selection, especially compact bags easy for kids to use. As enticing as most of their backpacks were, I also wasn’t about to fall into my ‘insanity’ trap and decided to go for the rolling luggage instead.
This way, if my son pulls another whiny moment, I can easily just roll it along without the burden of extra weight.
Plus, when I showed him the different options, he screamed with glee and promised to be fully in charge of it.
I said, why not, the price was definitely in our range, and what I also loved about this bag is that it has plenty of room for all his stuff, easy to roll, and is flat making it an easy fit into any overhead compartment.
My Take On It
We put the bag to the test on our last international flight. And, true to his word, my little man loved his new bag and was proud of the design he picked and rolled it everywhere we went.