Travel into the future with the tot pod


Canadian industrial designer Aldo Barreto designed the Tot Pod for a Samsonite baby travel competition. Samsonite asked designers to create a child transportation ‘vessel’ that would eliminate the inconveniences brought about by a multitude of redundant child travel products. The design also had to enhance parents’ enjoyment of family travel – a fairly challenging brief!

The winning result – the Tot Pod – could well represent baby travel systems of the future. It has a built-in child restraint system, drop-down wheels to convert from a car seat to a stroller, as well as a carry handle and storage compartment. The whole system neatly folds so that it can be carried on and off planes for jet-setting babes!

It’s fantastic to get a glimpse of Barreto’s thought and design process as he created the Tot Pod. ‘Travel systems’ are more common overseas than in Australia, although car seats that clip onto prams and that do countless other tricks are beginning to filter in. Although not in production yet, you can’t help but think the Tot Pod is the travelling future.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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