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To box my egg pram up to avoid airline damage?

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SenoraSurf Mon 18-Feb-19 20:35:14

We are going to Spain from UK with easyJet when DC1 will be 5 weeks old. We will be taking our beautifully stunning and expensive egg stroller with us. I have read online that you can take it free of charge and it will be put in the hold but naturally, I'm really worried about potential damage.
Would it be ok to box it up and check it in properly when we get to the airport? would I have to pay to do this?

Any experience or advice would be gratefully received!

Before anybody suggests it, getting a cheap one to take is not an option I would like to explore.


Theweathermansaid Mon 18-Feb-19 20:39:24

You can buy a travel bag (designed for flights) to put it in

Lovelydovey Mon 18-Feb-19 20:41:00

Don’t do it - buy a travel bag or even better find a cheap pram to take that you won’t mind being trashed.

OffToBedhampton Mon 18-Feb-19 20:41:12

Can you not buy and take a cheap Buggie with you? Rather than risk an expensive piece of equipment?

donajimena Mon 18-Feb-19 20:43:20

I know you explicitly said not to mention buying a cheap buggy... but.. trust us. Buy a cheap buggy.

SenoraSurf Mon 18-Feb-19 20:43:56

@Lovelydovey @OffToBedhampton I don't want to take a cheap buggy or alternate stroller which could get trashed as dc will only be weeks old and will be sleeping in the carrycot also.
In all honesty, I will admit that vanity comes does come it to it a little bit too which I'm as embarrassed to admit as I am to feel so vain.

VimFuego101 Mon 18-Feb-19 20:44:54

I know you specifically said you didn't want t buy another cheap pram, but... that's what I would do.

AntiHop Mon 18-Feb-19 20:46:08

Forget the buggy. Get yourself to a sling library. You can explore anywhere you like with a baby in a sling. And ask your accommodation to provide a travel cot.

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Mon 18-Feb-19 20:47:41

I wouldn’t take it. I took ds to Italy at 5weeks I just took him in a sling, much easier.
If you really want to take a buggy buy a stroller that is suitable from birth not worth risking your pram in my opinion.

TheCraicDealer Mon 18-Feb-19 20:48:28

Unless you are travelling to and from the airport in a hummer I think you are underestimating how much space a boxed pram, suitcases for x2 adults and all the baby guff will take it up. Unless you can get a specialist travel bag for it (usually £££ in themselves) I'd be getting a cheaper one for air travel. If this is a trip you make often it'll pay for itself within a few visits- stuff does get trashed in the hold even when well packaged. It would break my heart to see something like that get damaged.

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Mon 18-Feb-19 20:48:33

Sorry cross post.
Can you co sleep?

MaryShelley1818 Mon 18-Feb-19 20:50:02

You can’t box it up - it needs to go in an airline flight bag.
I’d never risk our expensive pram on a flight, we bought a cheaper stroller especially for holidays.

Coolaschmoola Mon 18-Feb-19 20:50:31

As someone who regularly flew with a young baby you are risking quite severe damage to your pram. Having seen them loaded and unloaded many times they are not 'placed' on and off the plane. At the UK airports I flew into they were all chucked on the floor in a heap at arrivals. In various European airports they are thrown onto the tarmac. Literally.

I had bags, which prevented scratches, but did little to prevent frames bending. Which they did.

I had a flight pram. I actually had a couple due to damage. I don't understand why you are against having a cheaper alternative for a few weeks, it makes no difference to the baby, but certainly saves a lot of money if/when damage occurs. If you box your pram it may well be classed as chargeable. It will certainly be scanned and you may have to unpack it. Some airlines have size restrictions too.

mummabubs Mon 18-Feb-19 20:52:07

Another vote for sling or cheap buggy- we got a second hand one for £20 just for our holiday when DS was a few months old and it fully reclined so he could sleep in it. If you're happy to risk the egg being damaged then go for it but think about how you'd feel if it gets damaged? Enjoy your hol!

TheCraicDealer Mon 18-Feb-19 20:52:35

Pop up travel basinettes are also a thing- thirty quid. Looks cosy, I'd sleep in it like.

Coolaschmoola Mon 18-Feb-19 20:53:55

And, tbh, noone is going to be impressed by your vanity pram. Especially when it's scuffed and scraped from the flight, they'll just wonder what sort of plum brings an expensive pram on a package holiday.

Lazypuppy Mon 18-Feb-19 20:54:56

Buy a cheaper stroller that can lie flat for baby. Its what we did and it was great.

If you're staying in a hotel they'll have travel cots normally they can provide

mummabubs Mon 18-Feb-19 20:55:49

*and meant to add that likewise I watched both on the journey there and back as airport workers literally threw pushchairs and buggies into crates- cheap strollers and expensive travel systems alike! They don't have the time to handle each item delicately and it will destroy you to watch the egg be treated like that!

Monestasi Mon 18-Feb-19 20:57:15

It really isn't worth the risk. My bugaboo Chameleon was damaged this way - which was wrapped up.

Learnt my lesson and used a cheap foldaway and sling after that.

SenoraSurf Mon 18-Feb-19 20:58:50

I am Spanish and we are going over to see my family, it's not a normal beach and sun cream type holiday.
Normally we drive which takes us 25 hours of constant driving only stopping for fuel or toilet breaks but on this occasion are flying as DC can't be in the car seat for long enough to make it viable for us.
It's not cost effective to purchase a travel cot over there/ buy a stroller to leave there as normally we drive and would take our own equipment with us.
Only taking a sling isn't really an option as there will be lots of occasions where DC will need to be out down whilst visiting and out for meals etc.

PinkiOcelot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:01:53

Stop being such a snob and buy a cheaper buggy for holiday or you’ll be on here on your return whinging about the damage to your egg! What the hell is an egg anyway?!

Purplepricklesalloverhisback Mon 18-Feb-19 21:02:57

Buy a cheap stroller and get a Phil and Teds Cocoon to put in it.

No way I would take a really expensive pram on s flight.

HappyDinosaur Mon 18-Feb-19 21:03:05

Will your insurance cover the value of it if it's lost? Often the airlines will only cover up to a certain amount, like others we have a cheap pram for travelling, for us it was mainly for this reason. Frankly, I love our 'good' pram, by five never seen someone walk by with a baby and thought that's a nice pram, most people notice the babysmile

Crunchymum Mon 18-Feb-19 21:04:20

How much is the pram?

I'd personally spend a bit of money on a suitable from birth buggy and a travel cot and keep the vanity pram for home.

We are off in a few weeks and I've borrowed a buggy as I don't want my Bugaboo (which has done 3 baby's so it's not brand new!) trashed.

LegoCardSwapper Mon 18-Feb-19 21:04:19

I was the dickhead who took my beautiful limited edition iCandy on an easy jet flight. 3 dc and 6 years later I am still fuming every time I catch sight of the massive scratch down the frame.

Also, you won't be driving down for a loooooong while if it's 25 hours of driving so any kit you buy and leave there will be well used, trust me.

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