As a frequent traveler, I thought I was pretty well versed on the various luggage gadgets and options available in the marketplace. However, on my trip to Europe this past weekend, I was introduced to some innovative products that truly impressed me. These discoveries were made thanks to the SAS/Lufthansa lounge in Newark Airport and the super-long hallways of Frankfurt Airport.
Since I made it through security in record time at Newark, I went straight to the business class lounge to relax and have a cappuccino as I waited for my colleagues to arrive. As I took a sip from my cup, I saw a lovely tall woman coming towards me pulling a hard-sided carryon suitcase. No big deal, right? However, when she passed me, I saw her 2- or 3-year-old daughter hanging on the back of her suitcase in a lawn type chair with a pull down tray table. I almost could not believe my eyes! Traveling with small kids is a difficult task, but for this uber-modern mom, there was no clunky baby stroller to deal with. She was calm, cool, and collected, and her child seemed thrilled with the ride too.
What a fabulous invention!
As if that were not enough, when I landed in the Frankfurt, Germany, airport I had to dash off quickly for a connecting flight. As I finished sprinting down the miles of hallways and finally arrived at my next gate, I saw a well-dressed man in a business suit coming off the jetway from a flight, which had just landed. As he walked passed me, all of a sudden he proceeded to pull down a scooter blade from the back of his hard sided carry-on suitcase and sped off into the sunset like a 10-year-old boy. Once again I was left speechless and wondered if my jetlag was playing tricks with my eyes.
Much to my surprise, I was able to type in a description of these two products online and easily located them for sale on the popular shopping site Amazon.com. The baby chair attachment is made by a company called, Ride On Carry On and goes for $49.99, while the scooter suitcase is made by a company called Micro Mobility Systems of Switzerland and was priced at $300. Sure, these are a bit of an investment cost-wise. But, if you are searching for ideas to make traveling with kids easier, or you have some difficulties walking long distances in airports, these may be items you want to consider looking into.
As always, I wish you the happiest and most innovative of travels.
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