In my last short-haul trip with a baby and toddler, I remember how stressful it was at the time, I wanted this trip to Lake Como to be less stressful and to minimise tearful outbursts from the boys.
I am aware that we no longer have an infant who napped a lot more frequently Joel who is now 20 months is pretty much as active as Tim. There were no direct flights from Newcastle so I had to make plans for airport transfers, snack, on flight entertainment, distractions and so on.
I deliberated taking a double buggy but felt this would be bulky and would potentially end up taking a lot of boot space with not enough space for our luggage so I opted to take a collapsable single stroller that could fit in the aircraft cabin and I am so glad that I did. I will share my review of this stroller in a different post.
I was concerned about Tim not wanting to walk long distances in the airport and didn’t want to end up carrying him while pushing a stroller plus my backpack.
This is when I discovered Ride-on suitcases, there were two in the market the Bagrider by mountain buggy and the micro eazy 3 in 1 by micro scooter. I opted for micro eazy for two main reasons.
- Cost: £99.95 for micro eazy and £139 for Bagrider
- You can personalise the front of the micro eazy suitcase with velcro stickers
What we liked about the Micro eazy ride-on suitcase
- Ease of use: This was easy to pull with the extendable parent handle and I found it easy to navigate when the boys both took a turn on it. It didn’t feel strenuous and we discovered at the airport that even Tim could move around on it without assistance. This was handy when I needed my hand free to show passports or boarding pass.
- Good sized hand luggage. The 22Litres storage capacity came in handy. We were well stocked with snacks, toys, tablets, headphones, baby carrier, change of clothes and so on.
- Colour variation. We like that it is available in either Blue, Pink, Green and Black
- Age from 18+months which was fab for us as both boys could use. A lifesaver during a 4hrs wait in Amsterdam due to missing my transfer flight.
- Personalise the front of the suitcase. You can add owl eyes and velcro stickers. Both boys had fun putting the stickers on and Joel, in particular, enjoyed taking them off.
Options we would have loved to have
- I noticed the Bagrider had straps to strap your toddler to the bag although I can’t comment on the safety or efficiency of this. I didn’t feel Tim was unsafe when he was on, he had good control of the ride-on suitcase and his legs could touch the ground but with Joel, I felt a strap will be a useful add on to have. Although the micro eazy ride-on suitcase has a handlebar which the little ones can hold on to and a footrest which also works well.
- Extra velcro designs for the boys to use. The owl eyes were famous for sure
Although I liked the feel of the plush velcro textile used on the front of this suitcase, it seemed to attract dust and specks of dirt so would need regular cleaning
We still needed our stroller for naps but was nice to have this with us at the airport and was very handy for transfers especially with the unexpected 20mins walk in Amsterdam to our departure gate
Ths stroller was also useful to have at a wedding reception. I needed a lightweight suitcase to use and this was very spacious and did the job.
We got a lot of positive comments and admiration from other parents and their children. At one point I thought about getting a second one for Joel as they both suddenly preferred this instead of their stroller.
Disclaimer: This is my honest review of this product and I wasn’t given the product to review but got myself