Trunki Review

5 October 2012

We’ve written so many Trunki* deals here on PlayPennies that it seems odd to me that this is our first Trunki review, a little like being late to the party, but never mind – it’s here now!

Simply Hike*, the camping equipment store, sent us a Trunkisaurus Rex, a ‘ferocious but friendly dinosaur’ ride-on luggage for children. Designed as a kids hand luggage sized case for them to pack their toys and clothing for a trip, the Trunki is meant to make it a little easier for parents, and teach children to take responsibility for their belongings.

The major bonus of this suitcase is that it is a ride-on and kids can either carry it or roll it along by the two carry handles or sit on it and be pulled along by the strap that comes included in the case. This strap can also double as a tow strap for easy carrying up and down stairs.  Additionally, there’s a ‘teddy bear seatbelt’ to make sure teddy doesn’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of an airport – and anyone who has ever lost a treasured soft toy knows the drama involved in that!

Simply Hike

Inside the case there’s the standard ‘webbing’ which suitcases have to keep items in place and there are locking catches to prevent spillages if the case were to open unexpectedly. There’s also a ‘pouch’ inside for small items.

I’m not sure how airlines feel about the Trunki coming on as additional luggage, or whether it’s seen as part of the parent’s hand luggage, so that’ll be something to check with whoever you travel with when you’re using your Trunki.

We’ve done a lot of travel with a child – my daughter went to 18 countries before her 2ndbirthday – and I can seriously see how this would be so handy in an airport. We never used a pushchair, but always had her in a Mei Tai sling, so from the ‘queues’ point of view it wouldn’t have made a difference, but on a 12 hour flight with a toddler (I did it on my own 3 times, and with my husband once) there’s only one rule for survival: keep them busy! Have loads of snacks and activity bags ready. And I think this would have been perfect in place of my already stuffed to the brim handbag or hand luggage.

We also went camping a few weeks ago and my two year old filled the Trunki with things to keep her busy over the course of the weekend. It was really nice to have a ‘storage’ place for her stuff, rather than having it randomly lying about the tent, or in with our stuff. It also gave her a sense of ownership and she kept saying how she was a big girl now. It was actually really sweet.can seriously see how this would be so handy in an airport. We never used a pushchair, but always had her in a Mei Tai sling, so from the ‘queues’ point of view it wouldn’t have made a difference, but on a 12 hour flight with a toddler (I did it on my own 3 times, and with my husband once) there’s only one rule for survival: keep them busy! Have loads of snacks and activity bags ready. And I think this would have been perfect in place of my already stuffed to the brim handbag or hand luggage.

Speaking of which – while as a mum, I’m looking at all the practical applications, it may be worth mentioning what the child thinks of the Trunkisaurus Rex: she loves it.  Interestingly, I don’t think she’s ever seen one or been on one before, but as I took it out the box she made a beeline for it and was riding it around the living room before I had the chance to try instruct or warn or otherwise even examine it! She just knew what this box with wheels could do, and off she went.

We have the lovely green dinosaur inspired Trunki, but there are loads of different styles and colours, which is probably a good thing if you have more than one child too. Additionally, Trunki bring out new limited edition versions to coincide with large and memorable events, like the flag one for the Olympics and so on.

The Good

  • Well made, sturdy and strong
  • My daughter loves it
  • It’s a good size for packing things – it fits a few books or colouring in pads and leaves plenty room for toys
  • There are plenty transportation options, i.e. pull, carry etc
  • There’s a ‘passport’ with downloadable and printable activities that parents can get access to before travelling
  • There’s plenty of variety

The Bad

I’m going to have to buy a second one for my other child? I really can’t think of anything bad. We’ve not had any issues so far!

The Verdict

Great idea for children for travelling, for keeping in the car instead of having all their stuff lying all over the car, or for their luggage on trips, I think the Trunki is gorgeous and fit for purpose, and would recommend it.

TOPICS:   Family Holidays

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