In honor of the holiday, here are a few travel items I'm thankful for:
- Our 30 inch Samsonite Mobilite Spinner. You know you've got a good suitcase when, on your twentieth trip with it, you still take the time to stop and say, "Damn I love this suitcase." That's how I am with the Mobilite Spinner (although it really annoys the people walking behind me in the airport when I do that). With free hands at a minimum and all our stuff jammed into one case, I can't tell you how nice it is to have a suitcase whose wheels rotate 360 degrees, so you don' t have to worry about maneuvering around obstacles or tipping over. Oh wait, I did just tell you that.
- Our car seat carrier bag, sort of. For every time I stop to praise our Mobilite Spinner, I spend equal time stopping to either curse our car seat carrier bag or trip over it. Unlike the spinner, it's got only two rigid wheels, meaning you have to drag your car seat at at the precise angle. And because the strap you grab it with is too short, taller people have to lurch down just to hold the thing at a proper cruising angle. So, while I hope to upgrade in the future to something like this, it still beats having no carrier at all.
- The portable DVD player. Sure, the I-Pod has made video much more portable, but when TJ's calm, well-behaved face glows from the reflection of that 9 1/2 inch screen, I know it's worth lugging a few extra pounds.
- The snack trap. When I first saw this thing, I figured it was just another useless invention to make money off of parents who will buy any gadget invented. I certainly own enough items in that category to know or thing or two. But, I must say, snack trap, I was wrong. I misjudged you. Thank you for keeping my son happy and quiet while also keeping the goldfish crackers from spilling everywhere. I'll never take you for granted again.
I'm also really hoping I'm thankful that our Thanksgiving flights weren't delayed by weather this weekend. If not, I may need to be extra thankful for the snack trap and portable DVD player.