In October 2010 a design is sketched out….and in April 2011 the TravelSnug is born…..
A washeable, squashable, cosy carry on cushion – making a grown up sized seat – child sized.
In 2008 my sister went to live in America with her American husband. Soon after they had their first child and within a couple of months of her birth Morgan began to fly back and forth across the Atlantic very soon becoming a frequent flyer! When she was 15 months old her brother arrived and due to my brother in law’s commitments at work my sister needed to fly with them as a sole parent. After one particularly stressful flight she described how difficult it was to leave them, even to visit the ladies because they were so vulnerable in a dark cabin with sleepy heads and limbs dangling over seat arms into the busy aisle. So stressful was her flight that her husband used air miles to enable me to fly back with her to help with the children (I flew back the following day!)
During her stay in the UK, the first seeds of the concept of the TravelSnug were sown and over a period of a few months the TravelSnug went from sketches on paper to fabric (fleece fabric from the home department of a well-known supermarket and an Argos sewing machine) to reality to be used when my sister next came home. The versatility of the TravelSnug meant that she didn’t need to carry the car seat on for her youngest (then classified as a lap child), in case there was a spare seat when she got to the gate. She could keep a TravelSnug to hand to pop on a spare seat for him knowing he would be comfortable and protected. Morgan carried on her own TravelSnug and settled really well, protected and cocooned with the cosy fleece support.
Then followed Patent Attorneys, three prototypes, a couple of aeroplane seats from eBay, trial flights to and from the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and trips on Eurostar and coach journeys, all with great feedback.
Now having managed to find a UK manufacturer (we wanted to keep the product made in the UK despite advice to go abroad - it is important to us that the TravelSnug brand is made where we know working conditions are good and employees have prospects) we are set to launch the product we know works well to begin to share the TravelSnug experience with other young flyers. We would love to know what you think.