Flying with children can be tricky. Not only do you have to pack and handle your bags, but you also have to negotiate the airport and plane with a child who may be asleep, irritable or spiteful.
Stokke, a familiar name to parents for their strollers and nursery furniture, has a solution that solves many of these problems. JetKids is a neat little suitcase on wheels that will hold some of your child’s luggage but doubles as a flight bed.
Is it as brilliant as it sounds? We did a thorough review to see if it’s worth it.
Stokke Jet Kids Key specs:
Useful to: children 3-7 years
Spacious interior, including space inside the lid
Shock absorbing wheels and swiveling front wheel
The straps allow it to be pulled or held over an adult’s shoulder
Top handle to hold the baby while driving
Footplate for your little one’s feet
Dimension: 46 x 20 x 36 cm
Weight: 3 kg
A mini airport adventure
As a ride, it’s great inside the airport, as there’s nowhere to rest your tired legs. Your baby sits on top, there are footrests and a handle for them and a pull strap. The front wheels rotate, so you can tackle corners with ease. If your child is old enough to allow his legs to reach the floor, he can push him alone, but keep an eye on him – you don’t want him crashing into a duty free display or a travel companion!
So, you passed the departure gate and boarded the plane. What happens next? Well, JetKids is the correct size for hand luggage (but be careful to double check with your airline as different carriers have different restrictions), so you can either slip it into the closet above or slip it under the seat in front of you.
Advantages on board
When your little one is ready to relax, there are a couple of ways you can use JetKids in flight. First, hold it upright in front of your baby’s seat so that he can rest his legs on it like a stool.
When they are ready for a nap, simply take off the lid, remove the mattress and open the lid to form a flat section; it sits atop two extendable struts inside the case to make it the same height as the aircraft seat. The mattress goes on the tip of this and covers the entire area from the back of the seat to the end of the cover, giving you more space for you to lie down or lie down on. Access to the seat belt is not impeded, so it is a safe option even in turbulence.
Inside the box there is still enough space for some children’s essentials – think a cartoon, books and a couple of toys are ideal, as well as a change of clothes and snacks. It’s not big enough to hold everything your child needs for a vacation, so you’ll need to consider space in your other luggage for that.
Children travel personal
In four pastel colors, pink, blue, beige and mint green plus black or dark olive, your child can personalize his JetKids with the included stickers, helping to make it personal. It’s not cheap at just over £ 150; expensive compared to Trunki, another kid-friendly travel suitcase that costs under £ 45, but many will prefer the sleek aesthetics and function of Stokke’s bed.
For parents and guardians, JetKids offers an easy and useful way to negotiate the airport and air travel with your child. And for them, turn a cheap seat into a first-class flight experience!