Trying to navigate airports is already stressful enough when you aren’t trying to drag both your young kids and their luggage around, but a helping hand has been offered via a TikTok video of a mum’s airport travel hack.
The mum in question, Teah, is seen in the video strolling through the airport, with a suitcase turned pram hoisting up a baby in either one of her hands.
The video has already racked up more than 500,000 views, with the caption urging people to spread the word about these suitcase/pram contraptions that can streamline airport travel for families.
The comments on the video were full of users enthralled by the product. One user wrote “stoppppp.. Thank you so much I’ll definitely need this” and another “Where the hell was this when I needed it!!!!!”
One user had seen the video just a week too late, “I needed this a week ago! Holding my 15kg 11 month old and 5 bags in my second trimester this would have helped so much.”
The sight of a baby propped up on a suitcase is undeniably an unusual one and Teah did admit, “we get a lot of looks and comments at the airport.” Though as you slide graciously through the airport and other parents fumble over their dissembled strollers, you’ll be the one laughing.
The actual product is the Mountain Buggy ‘bagrider’, a product that is equal parts practical and adorable.
It was made in 2013 by two UK parents who worked as a pilot and flight attendant and were obviously fed up trying to manoeuvre both their kids and their kids luggage at the same time and came up with an incredibly nifty solution.
The Conde Nast Traveler spoke to these two parents back in 2017, who explained their process.
“Unfortunately, the airport process isn’t easy when travelling.”
“Your buggy could be taken off you at check-in, or if you’re allowed through the terminal you’ll experience delays at security check – unpacking, folding, scanning and reassembling the buggy.”
“The biggest problem is that the buggy will be taken from you at the aircraft door and put in the hold, next seen at the oversized baggage reclaim at destination. This means carrying tired children and all their necessities on often long walks through the terminal.”
“As aircrew we realised we were not alone in experiencing this problem, so we designed a cabin bag that easily converts into a travelling seat for infants.”
The bag costs $189 and earned a gold rating from the ‘Made for Mums’ awards.