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I think one of the greatest gifts you can give a child as their parent is the gift or the love of travel, something I enjoy immensely and something that I want my children to be passionate about too. There is a huge world out there to explore and embrace and I want to tell them it's theirs for the taking. That's why I like taking them different places to experience new cultures and to do this they need a suitcase, well at least at this point in their lives when they are only 3 and 1.
It was time to get my little girl a new suitcase for some upcoming travels as her old one had got a bit beat up and damaged and so she herself picked out this Trunkie suitcase. It's pink which is why I knew immediately when we saw it in the shop that this was the one she was going to go for but I think allowing kids to make their own choices is a great thing to do and she is very happy with her choice and was very excited to take it on holiday recently. In fact, my little girl is absolutely in love with her suitcase and it goes everywhere we go practically, to Grandparent's house, etc etc and we are taking it on our adventure to America soon also.
Trunki suitcases are designed specifically for kids to take away the boredom that is often associated with travel. The suitcases are unique in that they are ride on suitcases, meaning your little one can sit on their own case and you can pull them along. I cannot tell you how brilliant I think this idea is and my kids absolutely lvoe riding on theirs. We have ridden through airports on them, much to the amusements of other travellers and my kids just find the whole experience fun fun fun.
This Trunki is called Trixie and like I've mentioned above is pink with two purple horns at the front to allow my little girl to hold on whilst I am pulling her. Of course, you do need to be careful and can't pull it extremely fast but regular walking speed is fine and she never falls off. Trixie also has purple wheels and a neon green trim and neon locking catches.
The catches are easy enough for a little person to open and in actual fact it was my daughter who showed me how to open these when I was struggling a bit. You basically just press in a button at the side and the lock then detaches from the other side of the case. What I like is that these catches comes with a little plastic key that you can lock them with, ok it's not an airport approved proper lock but as these are only handluggage suitcases and will just contain kids stuff its more for them to play with and have fun with although ti does keep the catch securely in place when you turn the key.
Inside I find the case fairly spacious and it's enough to fit a spare change of clothes, books and toys to keep a child entertained on a airplane flight or a car journey. There's a little piece of material inside that acts like a pouch that you can put things in and then each side is fairly open and flat. On one side there are some stretchy straps that fasten together just like an adult suitcase to hold toys and books in place on that side and stop them from falling out when you open the case.
Like I've mentioned above you can either pull the case with the long strap or you can put this strap over your shoulder as an adult and carry it as you would a normal bag. There are also two carry handles on the top to carry it for ease like that also. The case is fairly lightweight, even when its full and so I don't have a problem carrying in for my little girl when she wants me to.
The case cost £32.99 which I thought was a good price and I can see this lasting my little girl for quite a few years to come. It's great fun and really keeps her entertained on her travels around the world.
We bought Trixi the Trunki for my daughter when she was 2.5. We were going on a trip to Hong Kong and I was really worried about entertaining my daughter for the flight as well as the time spent waiting in the airport.
I knew myself and my husband would have our hands full with our large suitcases so wanted something for my daughter that would entertain her as well as something she would feel was "her own".
Trixi is one of a range of Trunkis. I got it because my little girl loves pink things but they come in all sorts of colours and designs.
The case is made of a hard and very sturdy plastic. It has 4 wheels and 2 carry handles. It also has a strap which you can hook onto the sides so you can carry it on your shoulder or more importantly you can hook one end to the trunki and pull the other end like a lead. This is pretty much what we did all through the airport. My daughter sat on it and pushed herself forwards with her feet whilst I pulled her across the airport. She had great fun! It kept her occupied at an otherwise really quite tedious time and she also always had somewhere to sit in a very busy airport.
I think the design is really lovely for children. There are two little purple horns so the child feels it is sort of animal-like but which also are used for the child to hold on to when riding Trixi. The bright colours make it very attractive for kids and as it is made of plastic they can decorate the suitcase with stickers. even the 2 locks on the case provided hours of entertainment for my daughter - the key to the locks is on the strap and she would just lock and unlock them for ages.
Inside the case there is one side with some straps to hold the contents in, a long pocket (useful for clips and hairbands) and even secret corner compartments which is awesome for kids to tuck away a small but precious toy - in my daughters case one of her plastic princess rings.
The case is designed to be the correct measurements for hand luggage - which makes it easier knowing you don't have to worry about it. I felt it had enough space for our trip being used as hand luggage for her. I was able to pack pjs, spare clothes, nappies, toys, games, teddies, toothbrush and some books.
We have been using the Trunki ever since on other journeys and whilst it is not a massive suitcase which can fit a weeks worth of clothes in, it is still a great suitcase. As my daughter has grown up she rides it less but still feels very proud that she has her own suitcase to pack and can "hide" little things for her holidays in the secret compartments. Instead of riding it so much she tends to pull it along pretending it is a dog - still very useful for us because we can carry our own luggage knowing she doesn't really need any help because of the wheels. (She is 5 now)
It is an incredibly sturdy and solid suitcase - considering the amount of times she has ridden it into things and bashed it around it hasn't got a mark on it! It is also fairly light considering the thick plastic.
I did feel it was a bit expensive at around £30 - however having used it so often (even on trips to see granny just an hour away) it is really worth it. For me it is a must-have for any family with small children.
A few months ago I was planning a mini break away with my daughter which would in fact be her first trip away for more than one night. Whenever we discussed the break she was adamant that it wasn't like a proper holiday as she didn't have a suitcase to take with her like her Grandma does when she goes away! I decided to buy her a small case and one of my friends recommended a Trunki - which is something I had never actually heard of before.
What is a Trunki? Basically, a Trunki is a small plastic suitcase that is also a ride on for young children. When I spoke to my mum about buying the Trunki she told me that when they have been on holiday in recent years they have seen many children riding through the airport on their Trunki.
As my daughter is all about the pink I chose her the pink Trunki which is known as Trixie. The Trunki is made out of thick plastic which is slightly textured losing that very smooth feeling. It is a bright, almost flourescent colour with purple and green wheels. Looking at the Trunki head on it looks as though it has a face - which my daughter says looks like a pig - with two "ears" at the top and a bright green "nose". The top of the Tunki is curved to make it comfortable when the child is seated on it. The Trunki logo is printed on both sides of the case in a white font so it stands out well against the pink.
The Trunki is fastened together at each side with a chunky plastic clip which are a little tricky for little hands to open and close. I quite like how the clips are hard to open and close as this really minimises the chances of any mishaps happening while on the move. The case opens down the middle so you have two sides which are the exact same size and there is an elasticated strap on each side which fastens to secure the contents inside. This is really good as you can fill each side to the top and secure them in place so when closing the case it is neither overloaded or at risk of everything falling out!
When the child is sitting on the Trunki they can hold onto the ears so they can keep their balance a little easier. Inside the Trunki you will find a strap which can be attached to the case so you can pull it along rather than carrying it (and also to use when pulling your child along on the case). There is also a pair of handles at the top of the Trunki so it can be carried with ease.
Size wise I was really quite disappointed with the Trunki as it didn't hold half as much as I expected it to, even with only going on a short break and using it for my daughters things. In the end her clothes came in with mine and she used the Trunki for her bits and bobs that she wanted to take with her. I think the novelty of being able to pull along her own case was more than enough for her, without having her things inside!! Looking at the Trunki it does appear much more spacious than it actually is. I realise that it is not supposed to be a full blown suitcase but I did think it would hold more than it does.
As we walked up to the hotel we got quite a few glances and comments from other guests and one couple even asked us if they could have a closer look as they wanted one for their granddaughter. As we checked into the hotel my daughter decided she was tired and just had to be pulled along. However, this was easier said than done as she was just too tall really to sit on comfortably and ride along as her feet were just dragging on the floor. My daughter is only four but she is quite tall for her age but the Trunki is recommended for children aged 3-6 so this shouldn't have really been an issue.
The Trunki is very sturdy and can withstand a bit of rough handing from children. My daughter has been known to just drag it along the floor when it tips over but it is still in very good condition with just the odd mark to the case.
Trunki's are not the cheapest suitcases you will find, they are priced at around £30 which is on the dear side but I think the benefit of it being a ride on outweighs the downside of the price.
Size aside would I recommend the Trunki? Well my daughter loves it even though she can't ride it properly but she quite often uses it at home, packing her case to take to her Grandma's for when I am off to work for the day. The novelty of pulling the case along hasn't subsided yet and is showing no sign of it either! We are currently planning another holiday and she is adamant she is taking her Trunki with her!!
There are other styles of Trunki's available, including a fire engine, ladybird, bee and princess carriage however they do vary in price.
Thank you for reading my review.
Take the stress out of travelling with the Trunki ride-on suitcase. Tots can pack, sit-on and ride their Trunki whilst you can keep them in tow.The Trunki is practical, safe and fun. it is hand luggage restriction approved and is durable yet lightweight. Features a multi-functional shoulder/tow strap, a soft rubber rim to prevent trapped fingers, stabilizers to stop tots toppling off and a lost child luggage tag. Age range: From 3 years. depth: 47.5 cm width: 21.5 cm height: 33.1 cm