I feel very lucky to travel “the perfect amount” for work. Enough that I never feel trapped by my job or stuck behind a desk all the time, and not too much that it is a burden or I feel like I’m always leaving my family. Usually I’m heading to Chicago or New York, which are both easy to get to and two of my favorite cities to visit. About once a year I get to go to Europe, like last week’s trip to Paris. Combine that with the fact that I have to fly whenever I see my family, and once in awhile Benjamin, Owen and I go on a trip together, and that makes us pretty experienced flyers.
I’ve got the whole “laptop out of the bag, liquids in a ziploc, shoes off, boarding pass in hand” rigamarole down pat. When traveling alone, going through security is a breeze and doesn’t bother me at all. Going through with a baby or toddler, however, is a different story. Despite my best intentions and organization, I generally find myself throwing bags around, tossing things onto the conveyor belt, sweating from trying to hold the kid in one hand and fold up the stroller/carseat/whatever in the other hand and hopping around trying to get my shoes off all at the same time.
And then I found Flanabags, waterproof vinyl bags lined with cute fabrics and nice zippers. Unfortunately they can’t help fold up the stroller or hold the baby so I can take off my shoes, but they can help with the organization of liquids and toiletries and snacks and diapers and baby wipes that always seem to tumble out of my bag uncontrollably.
They come in a few different sizes, one of which (the AirQuart) is the perfect size for liquids going through airport security. The loop handle and smooth vinyl makes it easy to pull in and out of your bag in the security line. As someone often packing for and unpacking from one trip or another, that one is my favorite.
A close second favorite is the Quick Change Diaper Clutch, which is the perfect size and shape to hold up to 3 diapers, some wipes, a little butt cream, whatever you need for a quick diaper change on the go. The slim silhouette and wrist strap (like a wristlet/clutch) make it easy to have with you, even if you’re not traveling with your usual diaper bag. And, as a mother of a kid who gets carsick and has had some mayjuh diaper blowouts, I can tell you that the waterproof bag is AWESOME in case of an, err, emergency.
You can order the bags in a bunch of cute fabrics, which is also key when packing bags for the whole family. We have a different fabric for each family member (Owen has the green monkeys, shown above and I have a pink/turquoise/brown stripe), which makes it easy for me to find what I’m looking for quickly without opening all of the bags.
Linda Flanagan, creator of Flanabags and a friend of mine, has offered to give away an AirQuart or Quick Change Diaper Clutch to one lucky reader!
3 Possible Ways to Enter to Win:
1. Check out the Flanabags shop on Etsy and leave a comment here telling me which style/fabric you would like.
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Entries will close at midnight on Sunday, April 1st and the winner will be announced Monday, April 2nd. Good luck!