Traveling with kids is exciting…and exhausting!
Anything we can do to make a trip easier – whether in a car, train or plane – is worth it in the end.
The Fox family took our first ‘big’ family vacation to Legoland, Florida. We decided since we are done having kids, Lord willing, and the youngest is potty trained, we will take on the next step and try our hand at a big vacation. We have been so excited about this adventure, but want things to be as fun, easy and smooth as possible. There are so many places I want to visit but I just need to start with small trips, to get the kids used to travelling. I really want to visit the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Grapevine TX after one of my friends visited and told me how good it was but I might wait until the kids are a bit older. To make travelling to Florida a bit easier, I knew I needed to get the kids their own backpack style carry on’s for the airplane.
While at the airport we have decided to take our car seats. We want to watch them being put on the plane (making sure they are really on the plane and not getting tossed around and possibly damaging the seats integrity). We will also need to have hands on our own carry on’s and the 2 kids, so our hands were gonna be full. We needed to ensure that the kids could comfortably carry their carry on’s without any issues. When we got our Deuter Kikki backpacks we just knew that things were going to go smoothly.
Carry on’s have limits of size, even for children. The Kikki’s were the perfect size at 14 / 7.9 / 6.3 Inch (H x W x D). Fitting on my tiny 3.5 year old (wears a 2T) and my daughter who is now in a size 6T. These bags are the best for toddlers, preschoolers and young elementary students alike. I loved how they have so many extra features like 2 side pockets for drinks, snacks or small stuffed animals. A “d” ring, which you can attach key chains, carabiners , or other trophies.
The sternum strap helps stabilizes the pack on the child shoulders. I love this feature as my smaller child is not the strongest. I needed him to be able to carry the pack comfortably, and this feature made a world of a difference. The breathable foam back minimizes perspiration and comes in 3 colors: pink, blue or green.
It has a name tag feature on the inside, so if child gets lost or the bag is left somewhere, you can have the parent contact information available, but not visual to a person from the outside.
Fits perfectly under a compact plane seats for take offs and landings
I was able to put the following, with extra room left, in our Kikki’s for the plane ride:
- A full sized iPad, in a large rubber kid-proof case
- Several thin/first reader books
- Sticker activity set
- A smaller sized stuffed animal
- Small toy figurines
- Snacks and a water bottle
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