Product Type: Trunki Suitcase
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Trunki Ride-On Suitcase
Member Name: KLockwood75
Trunki Ride-On Suitcase
Date: 12/06/09, updated on 07/06/10 (1078 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, funky and functional - what more can you want?
Disadvantages: Hard to open in a hurry
** The Product **
The Trunki is a suitcase designed exclusively for young children. According to their website, it is for children of between 3 and 6 years of age, although my 2 year old can ride on it comfortably. It is a sturdy case made of a strong plastic, with four chunky wheels at the base, and two handles at the front which look a bit like ears. The idea behind the Trunki is that children can ride on it when travelling - at the airport for example - and it gives their little legs a break from all the walking that international travel involves. We definitely found it invaluable on our recent holiday - we didn't get the buggy back until baggage reclaim, and our son is too heavy to carry for long distances. In the way that two year olds often do, he was refusing to walk and demanding to be carried, so it was great to have the option of him riding on his Trunki.
The Trunki comes with a strap which you can either use to sling it over your shoulder if your child is happy to walk (or hook it round the handlebars of your buggy), or to pull your child along. It can also be propelled by the child themselves using their feet - my son prefers to ride it independently than to be pulled along, but he's always been a strong-willed little boy. The case has two strong plastic clip locks - these are hard for a child to open which I think is a good thing, as it reduces the risk of them either catching their fingers in the locks or unpacking the whole case in the middle of the airport while you're busy buying your duty free perfume. They also have a key so you can keep them securely locked should you need to. Inside the Trunki, there are straps to secure the contents in one half of the case (or to act as a seatbelt for a favourite teddy bear) and a pocket to keep smaller items safely stashed away.
** Weight and Dimensions **
One of the few reservations I had about the Trunki was that I thought it would be heavy. It is so sturdy that I automatically assumed it would be hard to carry, but it is actually surprisingly lightweight. It only weighs 1.7kg (3.8lbs), and even filled with all the things that a two year old needs to entertain them on the flight, it is very easy to lift. It is also an approved hand luggage size, measuring 46cm long, 20cm deep and 30.5cm high. This makes it ideal for travelling as it fits easily into the overhead locker on the plane. It also has a surprisingly large capacity of 18 litres - although once stuffed full with the toy tiger and monkey that my son won't sleep without, a variety of sticker books, story books, toy cars and other 'essentials' it didn't seem quite so big after all. We've also used it as an overnight case and it's a perfect size for that.
** Colours and Designs **
We have the blue Trunki which has lime green wheels and handles, and orange clips. It is called Terence. There are also several other designs. The girlie version is bright pink, with purple wheels and handles and lime green clips. There is also a lime green version, with blue wheels and handles. My current favourite is the Tiger version, which is a limited edition only available until the end of 2009. This is an orange Trunki with tiger stripes, white wheels and ears, and whiskers painted around the clips. If we didn't already have the blue one, I'd be rushing straight to the shops to purchase the Tiger Trunki as my son would love it. There is also a Cow print version called Frieda which is also very cool. The Trunki website also sells stickers to customise your own Trunki - this isn't something we've considered doing, but knowing how much young children love stickers, I can definitely see the appeal.
** Price **
The blue, pink and lime green Trunkis cost £29 and the limited edition Tiger version is £35. The cow version is £34 (all prices from www.johnlewis.com).
** Final Thoughts **
My son and I love his Trunki. It is a product which manages to combine fun with functionality and I think it is a great invention. It is well made and instantly appealing to its target market with it's bright colours and funky animal designs. In my opinion, it is the perfect travel accessory for a small child as it is big enough to hold all their bits and pieces while remaining light enough to be carried easily should you need to carry it. It is the ideal size for hand luggage and stows easily in the overhead lockers on the plane. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone travelling with children - it's great!
For more information - www.trunki.co.uk
* This review is also posted on Ciao by me with the user name Brownie_Queen
Summary: The best travel accessory for young children - I love it!
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