I think the title says it all! Really – I could just post the title and leave it at that. But, if I did that, then I wouldn’t get to share our experience with Mountain Buggy’s newest product ‘The Bagrider’.

It’s no secret that our family loves travelling, be it near or far, but I must admit that we do have a lot of love for our long-haul holidays. Sure, they can be more stressful, but we’ve gained lots of experience (and maybe even a little wisdom) when it comes to planning ahead.

Let’s face it, travelling is stressful – for anyone. Travelling with a young family can often be the equivalent of trying to win the final sing-off on The X Factor, while baking a souffle on Masterchef. Or juggling knives while on a trampoline. It’s no easy feat. No amount of planning can cover every possibility, so I really was delighted when I stumbled across ‘The Bagrider’ online while browsing for holiday accessories.

Mountain Buggy are a company that truly put the customer first, and they kindly gifted us one of their cases to road test on our holiday. What better way to put it to the test than on a ten-hour long-haul trip to Mexico, talk about trial by fire!

The case arrived just a few days after ordering, and straight away I was impressed with it! The size and quality of the product surpassed my expectations, because not only was it a gorgeous travel carry-on, the liner and harness included to strap in your little one proved to be strong, sturdy and safe enough to calm any fears! Inside there’s plenty of room to pack toys, activities and snacks too, making it the must-have fashion, safety and mobility accessory for your toddler this year!

The case is really easy to use, with one simple turn at the back of the case being all it takes to flip the wheels out, transforming it into a funky ride on case for your little one! It’s generously sized, without being too bulky, and can safely carry children up to 15kg/33lb.

I couldn’t wait to get to the airport – but not just to start the holiday! I was dying to pop Carter on his case and get our journey started (I may or may not have considered letting him ride it at home…). And I just have to say, this case was a head-turner! I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so many people pointing and staring at us – thankfully this time it wasn’t for something embarrassing! Though I must admit, at first, I did glance around, thinking I had missed a celebrity walking in… but no! Soon we even had strangers coming up to us to ask questions too which was amazing – it was great to spread the love, and let more people know that this fabulous item exists!

We decided to be brave and put our buggy in the hold, with the intention of freeing up our hands for just our hand luggage – but we knew this could massively backfire if a tired toddler meant that walking wasn’t an option. In this sense the case was a life saver because once the excitement started to wear off and our little one grew weary he could ride on instead of being carried! The fact that the case is hand luggage size just made it even better – Carter could ride around right up to the aircraft doors, meaning we got on the plane with rested arms and a happy toddler. What more can you ask for?!

I’m usually filled with dread at the thought of landing after a long-haul flight, as the customs lines are usually so long that, with an already overtired little one, it becomes a form of torture. However, this time when we landed in Mexico 10 hours later, we were excited knowing that although we would have to endure the long lines, they would be a little more bearable with this little magic case. Tired and weary, Carter soon perked up once we brought out ‘The Bagrider’ again at the airport, allowing him to whizz around while we waited for our cases, and while we solved “the mystery of the missing buggy.” By the time we left the airport, Carter was still happy, and we both still had all our sanity.

We had a wonderful holiday, and it really was made so much better by the fact we had such a pleasant travelling experience. I don’t think the trip would’ve gone quite as smoothly without this amazing product, and I cannot wait to break it out again next year for our 3-week break to Mauritius.

What we loved: The ride-on feature, keeping Carter happy and safe through the airport. The case is reusable, even just as a case when Carter outgrows the ride-on function. Stylish. Quick arrival.

What we would change: The wheels could be a little bigger, making it sturdier, and giving more control over uneven areas. Cocktail dispenser. 18+ of course. Got to keep the parents happy too!

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