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Back in June I was preparing and packing for a long trip to my home country of Russia. As I was travelling on my own with two young children I had to be prepared! I started an online search for a child friendly backpack that my kids could use on our travel. Initially I looked at pull along suitcases and rucksacks and then accidentally stumbled upon this Trunki seat. As soon as I saw it I decided I had to buy it.
The product arrived a couple of days later and I couldn't wait to unpack it.
What an excellent and ingenious idea - a backpack that turns into a fully functional booster seat! As with all Trunki products the quality of the product is second to none. The seat is made of tough plastic so looks very durable. It has removable cover that can be washed. The backpack is also very lightweight, only 450g when boxed! It's spacious enough to house a few small toys, drawing pad, baby wipes, etc. The backpack is fully hand-luggage approved.
My 3 year old was so proud to have his own luggage and he loved sitting on it. With several change overs it came in very handy in the airports too as it was very easy for my little one to carry.
Once we landed in Russia we got into my sister's car. After travelling for a whole day we were all tired and I was dreading the prospect of fitting the booster seat into the car (I have to admit I'm not great with car seats!) but I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. There is a strap attached to booster seat with a plastic loop and you simply feed the seat belt through the loop and then fasten it.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who intends travelling with small children and am very happy to give it 5 stars!
I bought 2 of these for my 2 children, aged 4 and 7, after a friend recommended them for our holidays. I purchased them from John Lewis because it was the only place that had them in stock at the time. They were packaged well and came with detailed instructions. My first impressions were good. They look great and feel sturdy.
As a car booster seat it's excellent, one of the best booster seats I have come across. It has a strong sturdy hollow base, it's lightweight and has fold out seat belt guides for added safety and comfort. The fabric can be wiped clean and there's also ID tags on the fabric which is a great idea when you have more than one child or when your children take them with them on nursery/school trips.
As a backpack, although heavier than normal, it's still very good. The back of the backpack and the straps are all well padded, for extra comfort, and there's also a reflective trim. The base of the booster seat can be unzipped giving you access to the empty hollow shell. Items can be stored in here and are well protected due to the sturdy plastic. My children can easily fit a drink, snack, jacket and toy in theirs.
We've used ours in hire cars on holiday, on school trips, at the airport, at cinemas and at restaurants. They're one of the best purchases I've made and I've recommended them to all of my friends. Best of all, my kids love them.
I am a safety conscious freak when it comes to my children. All of my children require car seats and we have them already installed in our car. I do have two booster seats for my middle children age 4 and 6 years , these are pretty portable when moving from car to car. Going on holiday last year i felt uncomfortable taking the children on the plane without a booster seat yet i did not want to carry pushchairs , all our luggage and two booster seats plus hand luggage for the plane so i decided to buy two Trunki boostapak.
I had see the Trunki boostapaks before online.
I purchased the Trunki boostapak from Amazon uk because they had money off them and free postage. Trunki boostapak cost £19.99 each and full price for £29.99 even on full price these are worth the money.
Trunki boostapak comes wrapped in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard strap around the boostapak , this has quick instructions for installing the booster seat and giving important information about the groups and ages for the children's use.
I am very impressed with the boostapak still raving about them now to all my mommy friends. Trunki boostapak is a back pack that easily transforms into a booster seat. This is black in colour with lime green trim. When the boostapak is still in back pack form you can see on the front it has green horns like a monster and the rest is black with a T for trunki on it. The straps are lime green, padded and adjustable so children can carry their own trunki boostapak or adjusts for adults to carry.
The back pack opens with a strong metal zip and lime green zip pull making it easier for children to unzip.
We stored magazines, crayons, nintendo ds with a few games, packs of crisp and a fruit shoot bottle inside each of the back packs, i was impressed just how much it holds and my children could carry their own seat and entertainment for the plane.
When i got on the plane it took seconds to transform the Trunki boostapak by sitting the back pack down flat on the seat, lifting the moster head part up this is padded for comfort and rests against the back of the seat, once lifted there is a plastic folding handle at either side these push out making the rests for the seat belt to go across the waist and the child sits on the boostapak witch is the front of the back pack.
The back pack has a polystyrene shell so a child can sit on it without crushing the contents inside the bag , this is also covered in black nylon material with some padding making it super comfy. Stapping my children in is just the same as i would with a booster seat, the seat belt goes across the lap and childs chest as norma.
I love these Trunki boostapaks , not only are they useful for travelling via a plane but catching any form of public transport these are ideal like bus rides , train rides or just keeping it in the boot of the car in case you have other children unexpectedly getting a ride home from school or nursery after all its against the law to have a child under the height limit to be in a car without a car seat.
The group that the boostapak if for the 2 & 3 , usually children aged 4 years plus. Boostapaks are lightweight and my children are more than happy with using the them. I get my children to carry their own belongings in the back pack to and put them on their backs giving me less to carry at the airport.
I can not rate these highly enough. Wonderful piece of equipment and i highly recommend the Trunki boostapaks.
The Trunki BoostApak was launched in 2010, but achieved fame in the latest series of the Apprentice when it was selected as one of the innovate new British products that the candidates could choose to attempt to sell to the French market. It created great debate within the teams, sparking such conversational gems as 'do the French drive?' and 'do the French love their children?', before becoming the make or break product of that particular episode. Rejected by one team in favour of a lamp shaped like a teapot and a postcard that grows cress, it provided the team that did choose it with a massive order and subsequent victory in the task.
* The Product *
The Trunki BoostApak is a backpack which converts into a booster seat. The booster seat element is suitable for children over the age of 4 (or 15kg) and can be used up to age 11 (36kg / 135cm). This means that it fulfils the legal requirement for children in this age range to sit on an appropriate booster seat. The back-pack itself is designed to confirm to approved hand luggage size regulations, making it an ideal product for anyone travelling abroad with children and planning to hire a car at the other end.
The BoostApak comes in just one colour scheme, green and black, and is adult enough in appearance to be worn by either parent or child - probably a good thing as it is slightly too bulky for children at the younger end of its target age range to carry. It does feature a pair of green animal ears, but these are just about unobtrusive enough when it is worn as a back-pack to be passed off as a design feature so parents shouldn't be too put off by this. The back-pack also features ergonomically designed straps and back padding to make it comfortable to wear, reflective strips to enhance visibility in the dark and a wipe clean removable cover, ideal for those inevitable food related accidents! The dimensions of the back pack are 36 x 40 x 16cm and it weighs 1.5kg when empty.
As a booster seat, the BoostApak has been tested to conform to regulation ECE R44.04 for Group 2 and Group 3 car seats. To use as a car seat, you simply put the seat into the car, lift up the back section (which attaches to the main part of the seat / bag with Velcro) and slot the seatbelt through the loop provided. The height of the seatbelt loop is adjustable as your child grows or to fit better in different cars. There are also two plastic side supports which flip up to prevent your child sliding sideways off the seat. It is very quick and simple to fit into the car and works well in every vehicle we have tried it in (from 4 x 4s in Australia to a Mini and saloon cars back in the UK).
* Our Experiences *
We bought the Trunki BoostApak for a family trip to Australia in March. We had done some investigation into the cost of hiring a booster seat for our 4 year old on arrival, but as we were staying with friends in Melbourne who were driving us around the first week, and hiring a car from Brisbane Airport the second week, we quickly worked out that this would mean hiring two booster seats. We spotted the Trunki BoostApak on a visit to the Baby Show and decided that this would be the solution to our problem.
Our four year old has already had a long term love affair with his Trunki (which also came on the Australia trip) and was delighted to have another Trunki product. He was very excited about his new seat when it arrived, unfolding the flap and sitting himself down on the seat to show it off to anybody who came to visit - so it definitely passed the pre-schooler appeal test! On packing for the trip, we used the Trunki for the more fragile 'essentials' - laptop, Nintendo DS, camera etc. as the protective hard-shell style casing was ideal for this. We did use a change of clothes as additional padding but everything survived the flight (and being dragged around the airport by a four year old riding a Trunki) intact. In fact, the protective casing is so good that when we stashed a bag of crisps in the seat and let our son sit on it, the crisps didn't get remotely crushed!
As a car seat, we found that the Trunki BoostApak was ideal. It was comfortable for our son to travel on, even on some relatively long journeys, and it certainly didn't stop him falling asleep in the car. The only additional thing that I would have liked was a bit of head support, but you don't get that from booster seats anyway so that was no problem. Back at home, we tend to use the Trunki as a spare seat for when our son travels in other family members' cars (my parents have a Stage 1-3 seat but it is now occupied by the Baby on most occasions) or as a spare to keep in the back of our car in case we have to drive another child around.
* Cost *
The Trunk BoostApak is currently for sale for £44.99 on the Trunki website, but may well be cheaper from other retailers. We bought it for about £35 from Amazon.
* Recommendation *
I would definitely recommend this product. As a holiday car seat / piece of hand luggage it is ideal - and you would easily recoup the cost in savings on car seat hire if you travel abroad regularly. It is also great as a very portable spare booster seat for the school run or for a family member who drives the children around on a semi-regular basis. For everyday use we do have a high-back booster which lives in the car, but this is perfect for occasional / holiday use. As far as I am concerned, this is yet another success story from the increasingly popular Trunki range and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one when my daughter is big enough.
* Review also posted on Ciao as Brownie_Queen