A sure-fire way to feel like a walking hurricane is to show up to the airport with a toddler in tow. There’s the security process to navigate, pre-flight bathroom trips to make, and a multitude of kid-related items to juggle, from snacks to toys to books. If you don’t organize just right, you could find yourself in the middle of a nervous breakdown, even before the plane takes off.
My husband and I embarked on one such adventure with our 17-month-old last week. To say I was nervous about my daughter’s first flight would be putting it lightly. But thanks to the Birdling Overnighter bag, we managed to emerge from the whole ordeal completely unscathed. In fact, I’ll admit, I felt organized and put-together knowing we had everything we needed packed away tidily within reach. The fact that this luggage is beautifully crafted with supple leather detailing is just icing on the cake.
Traveling mamas, take note: The Overnighter is the perfect carry-on size and has so many great features you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. First off, it’s structured, which is a big plus when you’re rooting around for your little one’s favorite toy mid-flight. Instead of settling into a crumpled heap like other duffle bags, the Overnighter keeps its shape, ensuring your items stay in place.
Second, there are so many pockets – of varying size, both inside and out. Thanks to these, I always knew where to find my wallet, diapers, crackers, and books – no more emptying your entire bag just to find one thing. Hallelujah, right?
The Overnighter is big enough to carry all of your essentials, and your little one’s too. On this trip, I packed away a spare outfit for both me and my daughter, my laptop, the above-mentioned kid-items, and even had room to spare. A shoulder strap and two leather-clad handles offer carrying versatility – while thick, waterproof canvas promises heavy-duty and stain-resistant construction.
After this trip with my Birdling bag, one point is abundantly clear: I’ll never travel again without it. The Overnighter kept me super organized, put-together, and well, downright sane.