children is a great way to teach them about the world. And one
of the first things my kids learned from traveling is that once
they were too big for a stroller, they were big enough to pull
their own weight. Or at least their own suitcase.
Long before the idea of charging passengers to check bags
sparked a twinkle in some accountant's eye, I have refused to check
bags. Mostly that's because we usually fly through O'Hare
International Airport, home of a direct flight to nearly every
corner of the world as well as an inept baggage handling system.
The few times I have checked a bag (mostly in the post-9/11 months
when we had no choice), my bags mysteriously disappeared only to
resurface 24 hours later.
So my kids learned early that they had to pull their own
carry-ons. Yours can too. The key is finding a kid-friendly
suitcase-like the new,
ultra lightweight Ricardo Elite Crystal City suitcase from
Ricardo Beverly Hills.
It's perfect for kids as young as 4. The 17-inch version Ricardo
sent me after I attended a Family Travel
Conference in New York City for family travel writers weighs
just 6.55 pounds. Its four-wheeled 360-degree spinner technology
makes it easy to pull or push. The telegraphing handle stops at a
kid-friendly height or extends to full length for a tall adult.
It's tough enough to withstand the bumps and bruises that come from
hanging out with a kid. And it's cute enough for a kid to love.
The suitcase I got retails for $129. Well worth it for the
lightweight and sturdy construction. And the cute. Can't forget the
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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