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My little one got this cutest ever suitcase as a present for Christening. Being just 9 months old, I thought it was a bit early, but at the same time I couldn´t wait to try it out, so we took it to the airport at the first opportunity, and as our holiday involved constant travelling between two sets of grandparents, I used it as my son´s overnight bag, too.
Opening the package/design:
How exciting, colourful, sturdy, amazing little suitcase, I´m thinking why, oh why, there was no Trunki when I was a child.
Packaging involved a brochure, couple leaflets, suitcase with paper sleeve and a suitcase with a strap hidden inside. The suitcase is lovely bright blue colour, combined with green and orange. Very unisex, I think, very eye-catching and very cute. The idea is that child can pull his own suitcase, and when tired, he can sit on it and ride it, or let the parent pull. Also, the strap can be used for carrying the case on the shoulder (there are handles for carrying in hand too), and apparently it can be used as a Teddy seatbelt, too. It also has a card with child´s details on.
There are two plastic orange clips on the sides that hold the Trunki closed - more on these in Packing section. They can be "locked" using the "key" attached to the strap.
Packing (and unpacking):
Suitcase is opened by loosening two clips at the sides and flipping it open. So good so far. Open suitcase has two halves to be filled in with toys, clothes and baby food and a fabric pocket at the bottom, for which I have not found practical use yet. First impression - much more spacious than expected. The problem is, only one half has the elastic straps that connect in the middle and hold the belongings in - but you need to fill in both halves, or "overfill" one half and leave another one empty so that it all spreads within the case when closed (but then you can´t use the elastics, can you?). But when you overdo it and pack too much, you may be able to use pressure, squeeze it in and close it up, but then, as catches are only holding it closed at sides, you find the gap in the middle on the top of the case! It took me a few packings and unpackings to get a grip of this, and find the right amount of stuff that I can put in. I have not yet found the grip of unpacking without having loose stuff falling out of the suitcase.
Haven´t tried this yet to its full extent. We sat our 9 months old on it and wheeled him around the room, we also let a 18 month old cousin try riding on it, but he still didn´t reach the floor. However I love the idea and can´t wait for my son to give it a proper go. The Trunki suitcase is supposed to be used by those 3 years old and more, so it will be a while...
It´s all about cuteness for me in this case. It looks so lovely, that even though it´s a complete nightmare to be used as a usefull piece of baggage, I will rather let my baby have a toy or two in it and wheel it around than take a proper ugly (or not as beautiful, at least) adult piece of luggage in place of Trunki.
We got my son a Trunki Terrance Ride-On Suitcase for a holiday to Center Parcs that we had booked. It was only a short break - just a few days - so we knew we would need minimal luggage and this seemed the perfect size to fit his clothes in.
We purchased this online, from Amazon, for around £25. The price does seem to fluctuate up and down though, so it is worth keeping an eye on - it is currently £23.95 here. It is actually recommended for children aged 3-6 years but I have found that this suits my son (and his clothes) perfectly and he is not quite two yet. The Terrance is from a range of children's suitcases by Trunki. This is the 'traditional' boys suitcase as it is mainly blue in colour (there is a pink version also). The case is made of a hard plastic and is a bright blue in colour. It has 'trunki' written on the side of the case in white lettering. The case has four pea green wheels (with an orange centre) on it's base on which it can be pulled along on. It also has two green 'horns' on the front of the case and blue fabric carry handles on the top. The case opens completely along the middle (as any suitcase does) and there is an orange plastic line visible on the case where it opens. There is also an orange flick latch that holds this shut - this is lockable. There is also a detachable shoulder strap so that this can be easily carried by adults too.
The unique feature of the case is that it is shaped so that it can also be used as a ride on by the child. The top of the case is smooth and neatly indented to make a comfortable seat for a child sized bottom. The horns at the front of the case double up as little handles so that it can be used safely. One leg dangles either side of the case, so that feet touch the floor and the child can propel themselves along the floor.
Inside the case, there are green fabric 'teddy bear' seatbelts with orange clips to fasten them in place. The case has an '18 litre capacity' and is quite spacious - with secret compartments too. This is a lovely size for my sons aged 2-3 clothes as they fold neatly without crumpling too much in here. I am surprised this is recommended for 3-6 year olds as the size seems ideal for a much younger age range - although this is presumably a safety aspect for the ride-on function. It is easy to pack and the clips and compartments mean that everything stays in place well, so this is ideal for holidays. The ride on feature, or at least the fact that the suitcase can double up as a handy seat is also valuable when travelling with tired toddlers, they can also be pulled along on the case.
The case is quite robust but still pretty lightweight so it is easy to carry. It can hold a fair amount of clothes but I am unsure if this would hold sufficient amounts of clothes to go on a long holiday with. It probably works best as a hand luggage case, particularly if flying with young children, as it could hold a few clothes and toys to keep them occupied. I love this case and the versatility of it, my son also loves the bright colours and the ride-on feature. At the moment, as he is younger than the minimum recommended age limit for the case, it is a little bit large for him to ride confidently. He can reach the floor with his feet though, as he is big for his age, but I am not happy to leave him unsupervised on this just yet!
Overall, this is probably quite an expensive purchase for something that we will just use now and then but it is well made and very appealing and functional at the same time. I am therefore very glad that we purchased this and hope to get enough use out of it to make it worth the cash we spent - better get some more holidays booked!
I have two boys who both get through a lot of toys. But one thing that they always love playing with are push along toys or trolleys. One of my friends had one of these Trunkis for her sons and said it was the most durable little trolley ever. I tracked one down on Ebay and it was going for a great price, and I was lucky enough to have won the auction. But the one thing I love (as well as my 2 boys was the fact that it's strong enough from them to actually sit on and ride it.
These items come in six brightly coloured designs and are ideal for the age of 3 upwards. It comes with a little kid sized passport which is purely there to keep the kids entertained. It has a great storage capacity too. For my 2 years old I could store enough clothes, nappies and wipes for a weekend away. And my other son who was 5 at the time could fit a weekends worth of clothes in and a couple of toys and books, plus his DS.
Once the suitcase is packed there is a very strong cord at the back that allows the child to be pulled along on. This doubles up as a shoulder strap if it needs to be carried anywhere. It's so practical to use and everything that is packed within it is protected due to the hard case shell. Just a kind word of warning ... my eldest loves to pull his little brother on it, but alas at race speed and my son came off and trust me there were loads of tears.
It's a must have for any parent who needs to entertain their kids whilst on holiday. It's so much fun to use. Even my son who is 8 years old now still loves it.
Purchased on Ebay 2 years ago for £21 including postage and packaging.
We regularly commute to Bournemouth to see my husband's family and with a little girl who wants to take everything she practically owns, we decided she needed her own little piece of luggage. So one weekend I went off on a hunt for the perfect piece of luggage for her and I came across the Trunki Terrance in my local Tesco Extra reduced from £45 to £27.43. They had the blue version which is pictured or a pink version which is the version we got for our daughter. It is exactly the same except it is pink with purple horns and wheels.
The Trunki is made of really tough plastic. It is very sturdy and impossible to even make a dent in it. It opens in the centre if the trunk so you have two equal sides available to pack things in. There is quite a good bit of space. You cannot fit massively chunky toys in it but you can fit a good few small ones and some books etc. The trunk holds up to 18L which is quite a bit. It can be locked up which is very handy when on trains to prevent your child getting everything out of it at awkward times!
Also, you don't have to carry this trunk, it has a handle and four wheels so you can pull it along. It is perfect for children to pull along. My daughter loves it and she feels really grown up pulling along her Trunki behind her. But for those moments when you need to carry it, there are handles.
The Trunki doubles up as a ride on which makes this double the fun for children! Your child can sit on the flattened but on the top of the case, one leg either side (obviously making sure the handle is down!). Your child will then hold on to the horn bits on the front and you can pull them along though the airport or train station. It makes travelling that little bit more fun for children - my daughter thinks it is great and it also doubles up as a little seat for tired legs.
A really great item and definately worth every penny. I would have paid full price for this item. It is excellent.
I travel quite a bit with my family with us taking 4 - 5 holidays a year and also several weekends away thoughout the year. I've found it is handy to my son to have his own "suitcase" or carry on case to put everything be wants in it for the duration of the traveling part of the trip. This is where the Trunki Terrance Ride-On Suitcase comes in - and it allows my little son to have his very own travel case - which obviously frees up considerable room in my bag!! The Trunki Terrance Ride-On Suitcase cost me £27.99 about six months ago, but I note it is currently available on Amazon (Amazon.co.uk) for £25.95 which, I believe, is a very reasonable and acceptable price for such an item.
The Trunki is a little blue suitcase which is made out of thick and sturdy plastic and which opens up down the centre to allow items to be packed into both sides of the case. It has an ample capacity for things to be stored in.....ample that is for a young child.....as it can contain 18L, with dimensions measuring 46cm x 20cm x 31 cm. It has four wheels on the bottom of the case so it is easy to pull along.
The top of the case is wide and flat and this allows my son to sit astride the case so that he can be pulled along. There are two little green "horns" at the front of the case that he can hold onto, and then there is an orange pull thread that can be used to pull the case, with or without the child sat on it. The case can therefore be pulled by the adult as well as the child. Although the pull along aspect can be used to entertain my son, the fact that he can use the case to sit on when we are in long queues can actually be really helpful. The case can also be carried using the handles, one of which is on the side and one of which is on top of the case.
The case is lockable and this can be handy to stop your child from unlocking it at inconvenient times. I generally allow my son to have a say in what he wants to have packed in his case, but I ensure that there are some practicalities (like snacks) packed in there as well as all of his toys.
Overall, I think this is a great little suitcase for a little person - and it has certainly made traveling a great deal less painful!
My sister and I have recently started to take short weekend breaks away along with my little nephew. To make the airports and travelling parts of the weekends easier on both my sister and myself, and to make this slightly more enjoyable for my little nephew I decided to buy him a Trunki - a ride on suitcase.
I'd seen the little Trunki suitcases many, many times in airports, and had noticed that small children seemed to love them. After chatting to a few friends who have Trunkis already for their small children and who raved about them the decision was definately made.
I bought the Trunki from the Trunki website along with the matching wash bag and the matching 3 in 1 tote bag. The Trunki suitcase itself was £32.99, and the postage was free if you spent over £25.00. I placed my order on the Saturday, and the items were delivered on the Wednesday.
I chose Terrance the original blue Trunki suitcase, they did have lots of other designs to choose from; Harley the ladybug, Bernard the bee, the Gruffalo, Freddie the Fire Engine, Rex and Rox the Trunkisaurus's, 2 Olympics 2012 designs, Chinese year of the Dragon 2012, and various other designs suitable for little girls. However all the other designs were all around the £40.00 mark so I stuck with Terrance. Terrance is a blue suitcase with green and orange accents.
Both myself and my sister are really impressed with Terrance the Trunki, he is really lightweight, and he comes with short carrying handles attached to the suitcase, or a long adjustable shoulder strap with you can attach or detach from the suitacse according to your needs. Or you can attach the long strap to the suitcase and use the suitcase as a ride on suitcase for your little one. Terrance has four sturdy wheels so your little one just sits astride the suitcase and you can quite easily pull him along. My little nephew loves being pulled along through the airport, it's ideal in big airports where you have to walk what seems like miles between gates, little ones get tired easily and tetchy, and having them ride along behind you just solves this. There are little ears or eyes? not sure which they are supposed to be! which serve as little handles on the front of Terrence so your little one can hold on tight during the ride.
Terrance isn't really designed as a suitcase for all your childs clothes and such for the entire holiday, he is really just a carry on for bits and bats for the flight. My little nephew loves packing Terrance himself for the flight, he packs himself a change of clothes, and then his favourite toys and boooks for the flight, and then normally a few little snacks to eat during the journey. This ensures that Terrance is still kept quite lightweight because at the end of the day an adult still has to carry it at some point! Terrance is small and compact enough to easily fit in the overhead lockers. Having said all this though it is possible to get everything in here that a little one would need for a weekend away if you limit the size of the toys he wants to take, and you don't mind the Trunki being a bit heavier.
Terrance opens in the middle and each side is an equal size for storing your items, one side has the elasticated criss cross packing straps, the 'teddy bears seatbelts', the other side doesn't have any form of closure or holder, hence why we bought the 3 in 1 tote bag. Terrence closes with sturdy plastic locking catches on each side.
Yes this is an expensive suitcase for a child, however I feel that this makes travelling with a small child easier, it's certainly made the trips that I've taken with my sister and nephew easier. There is no need to have to carry a tired child along with all of your other luggage through a busy airport, just pull him along behind you so that he won't have to complain that he doesn't want to walk any further!
Also as I've said my little nephew loves to pack Terrance himself with his favourite things and so he feels like he is playing his part in the holiday preparations. He looks forward to going away for the weekend after having done his packing!
I am definately pleased with Terrance the Trunki and wouldn't hesitate to reccoemnd him to anyone.
I am always going on holiday with my sister and her little boy and we spend a number of hours waiting around in the airport before we have to catch our flight. We then have to spend hours on a flight trying to keep my nephew occupied with enough toys that he does not want to get down and annoy every other person on the flight.
This is when I was shopping online for a new suitcase for myself and also came across a Trunki, which is a suitcase for children. There are a wide range of different characters and colours, but being a boy I opted for Terrance as he was blue.
Terrance is not just a suitcase he is bright and has features to create a face he also has four wheels so that you child can also sit on it and race around the departure lounge whilst waiting for your flight. It also save space so you don't need to have a pushchair as you can allow your child to sit on there to rest while in a queue and there is also a strap so that whilst your child is sitting on it you can pull them along, which is fantastic if you have a long walk to the departure gate.
This child's suitcase has an 18 litre capacity and has a secret compartment, a storage pouch and also a seatbelt for teddy, if teddy is fortunate enough to be taking a trip with you. There is also a shoulder strap and a handle for those that need to carry the suitcase with ease when in a hurry. There are also lockable catches and an Id label so that your Trunki is easily identified.
The Trunki is recommended for ages 3 to 6 year old and it did state when I made the purchase that it is suitable as hand luggage, but that you should check with the airline before travelling. With the three airlines that we have flown with so far Terrance has been accepted as hand luggage each time.
My nephew loves it when you go on holiday we get his Trunki Terrance out and he then gets to go through his toy box and pick out the toys that he would like to take with him on his holiday. He then get to pull Terrance around the airport until he get bored and then he get to it on Terrance whilst he is pulled around. You need to be careful as if you end up pulling this too fast your child can fall off, but as long as you take a casual pace you and your child will be absolutely fine.
The first time we used the Terrance he was pack and ready to go and was great throughout the duration at the airport after being opened and closed a number of times to get trains and teddy's out. Terrance was not as easy to access on the plane as when you opened him some of the toys fell out which was very annoying. Realising this was an issue, when we got home I looked around online and came across bags that fit inside one half of Terrance, which could then be taken out at the start of the flight and allow my nephew to get to all the toys that he wanted without me having to get frustrated trying to open Terrance and it was then easily packed away at the end of the flight so Terrance can be used all over again.
Terrance was originally just purchased for our trips abroad but whenever my nephew goes away Terrance is in tow. For weekends away it is great as well as not only can you put the toys in one half your can put all of his clothes in the other.
If your child travels a lot then for the small price tag of under £30, I have looked on Amazon and they are currently selling the at just under £24.00, which I think is an absolute bargain. For the money you save I would also recommend that you purchase the bag that sits in one half as you can also use this in the car and have it strapped to the seat in front of the child for easy access, so it works for all trips abroad or in the UK.
Overall a great suitcase for children, this is definitely something that I would consider buying for other friends children as gifts as they come in a selection of different colours and characters to suit each childs individual preference. My nephew loves it too.
I bought Terrance the Trunki for my little boy of 18 months to visit my sister in southern Italy, granted he was a little young to be able to ride on this properly however loved being able to pull and push it around. It kept him entertained for hours in the airport which was just as well as the plane was delayed. It is strong and robust and has a great locking feature. Amazing how much you can fit in this case it holds a lot! I feel that its main advantages are, entertainment, space, good solid design. People in the airport were also entertained watching him playing with the case. If there is one thing i would improve it would be a double handle on the top to carry the Trunki and a more stable strap for them to pull or hold on to. It would not be recommended to place the child on the trunki unless his or her feet touched the ground and they were able to walk and support themselves properly. I took it on board a ryanair flight and it met their hand luggage regulations no problem. I think terrance was a brilliant buy and even now my little boy plays with this everyday. Good value for money.
My little boy was lucky enough to receive a Trunki as a hand me down from a friend before we went on our holiday a few weeks back; a very welcome gift indeed!
***What's one of them then?**
A Trunki, is in my opinion a bit of a genius invention- simply put, it's a plastic suitcase that doubles as a ride- on vehicle for small children. A two in one item of the highest order! I remember seeing this little chap with it's creator on Dragon's Den a few years back- and the crazy fools turned it down! I was going to say that I bet they regret that now, but in retrospect, I'm sure they're not too concerned about what the Trunki is doing whilst they are rolling around in million pound notes. It goes without saying that the Trunki company must be doing well now- in the airport in Birmingham, we saw at least another five children whizzing past on Trunkis of various designs! The Trunki company has since branched out into rucksacks that convert into booster seats and travel pillows for kids. My bitterness emerges when I consider this invention- a bit like how I feel when I think of JK Rowling-slightly put out as I was just about to come up with this idea...
**What's our Trunki like then?**
Our particular Trunki is a little fire engine. Made from sturdy red, textured plastic, it has black wheels and is printed on both sides with silver grates and what I can only describe as 'Go Faster Stripes'. At the front it has two 'horns' (as in like a bull, not a beep beep- thank goodness). These are blue and glittery and double as fire engine 'lights' and handles for the child to hold on to as they ride. The clasps are yellow and on either side of the case- they are very tight and difficult to open, which is no bad thing as you could find yourself with airport disasters if it were any easier to pop open. The Trunki opens down the middle- meaning that it splits into two equal sides, giving access to it's entire contents in one fell swoop. It is therefore a bonus that, not only are the clasps tight, but they also lock. Similar to a handbag might have, the Trunki has two handles (well three really)- two on top to carry it beside you, and another which is detachable to pull the child along with (or the Trunki on its own if you've accidentally checked your child in with your cases and are having a nice quiet stroll round Duty Free). The little plastic key is also attached to the detachable handle. It has an 18 litre capacity (that's a lot of wine) and is apparently accepted as hand luggage by most airlines (ours included). The recommended age group for Trunki use is 3-6, but my little one is two and he got on with it just fine (infact, to get your money's worth, buy one when they're born and just use it as their case for a couple of years!).
**What was our first Trunki using experience like then?**
I can only describe this item as a God send. Two and a half hours of ride-on fun for my little boy! Any parent of a toddler will be nodding away now as we all realise how valuable two and a half hours of Happy Child during queuing and general airport fun is! My son trundled away on his vehicle- catching admiring glances from children with standard luggage and old ladies who thought it was all very sweet. The check in queues consisted of kiddies rolling about bored, some screaming, others kicking parents. Not us! There we were bold as brass with Happy Child in Airport! Quite amusing when another child rolls past on their Trunki- you exchange a nod with their chaperone, acknowledging the 'Happy Child=Happy Parent Secret' quietly. Once on the plane and settled into seats, we found that the Trunki slotted under our seat quite cheerfully and as soon as the first squeak emerged from our son's little lips, out comes Trunki, home to an array of cleverly homed toys! Well, OK, this is where the fun stopped (the Trunki, whilst an amazing creation- can not do much to entertain on the plane when it transforms into a box of toys that your child will tire of after ten minutes). This is where an Ipad is required, (unfortunately, we don't own one of these, so could not join the Parents Exchanging Nods Due to Owning Ipads Loaded with Games gang). So the remaining five and a half hours of the flight was not as cheerful as the airport experience, but that's another story...
**Shall you buy one then?**
Yes- for reasons that I've more than covered above! However, they aren't the cheapest of cases- you'll pay about 30 pounds, but that said- there's always ebay/Amazon to save a bit here and there. The only disadvantage to this product is that when you open it- you need to do so carefully as there is just an elasticated criss cross strap to hold the contents in- fine if you've packed clothing, but not very effective if you have a bunch of small toys in which simply spill out everywhere! I packed all of his toys in plastic bags inside the case to get round this issue. Other than this small problem, the Trunki should definitely be at the top of any travelling toddler parent's list to Father Christmas. It gets the full five stars as the advantages far outweigh the disadvantage!
Buy one for your holiday, otherwise weep when watching others who have done so!
Trunki Ride-On Suitcases are durable, bright and practical luggage for the tot/young child in your life. The idea is a child rides the suitcase around so not only are they kept busy but they have their own container to fill up with essentials for the journey.
The Trunki Suitcase designs have 'horns' as part of the design for the little one to hold onto. The actual colours and designs of these are eye-catching and quirky enough to keep a child's attention so they don't part it up at a terminal and forget about it until they are up in the air. There's also a handle in case an adult needs to drag the suitcase along.
So practicality wise what are you getting for your money? A storage container to keep your childs toys together during your travels whilst providing a riding toy to keep them entertained whilst you do the usual check-in bedlum.
Size wise, you are getting a suitcase for a child to pack their toys in-not their holiday essential clothes and other bits. By no means can this suitcase replace the need for your little one to have their own allowance amongst your packing. This suitcase is more for entertainment.
If you are looking at buying this to take on holiday I suggest you double check if this can be taken onto the plane as hand luggage as one or two airlines as far as I am aware have a slight issue in allowing these on the plane due to their strict 'hand luggage policy'.
I personally feel these Trunki Suitcases are overpriced, and once you have purchased one of these your child may wish to purchase other Trunki items so your purse/wallet will soon be getting lighter and lighter once you look at the Trunki catalogue.
I have given this item three stars, based on the fact it does do what it says on the tin, however price is a major factor in these strained times and I know of at least one airline which has issues with these. So if you were unlucky enough to be travelling with them you would be stuck with a Trunki that needs to be checked-in with all your other suitcases.
Stong, bright and fun, a lovely additional to your luggage but don't expect it to do what a standard suitcase does which is carry all the equipment you need to enjoy your holiday.
Travel by air these days, and I would imagine in many an airport terminal you will spy little Trunkis, probably with a 3-6 year old perched on them, being pulled along being a parent or older sibling and provoking a few smiles and the odd tut from a passenger who thinks they are going to get ridden into. If you haven't seen one the Trunki is a hand luggage sized hard plastic case that is designed to be used as a ride on as well as a suitcase. It's a clever idea that famously wasn't chosen on "Dragon's Den" but which seems to have become a very popular product. and which comes in many varied forums, this being the entry level suitcase (it's called Trixie when it's in pink, you can guess which we own). The case is one of my daughter's most prized possessions that has been used on one foreign holiday and many a smaller trip. On balance, it's something I would recommend, but with some reservations, it's a very good, immediately likeable product that could be a little better than it is.
This particular case is the same size as all the cases in the range, at 46 x 20.5 x 31 cm and 18 litres it's a good hand luggage size and we have found that it fits easily into the guides in airports. The plastic is very solid, and we have the newest model so it has an internal carry pouch (pencil case size) and also straps to hold things secure on one side. There's also an external strap, which is not pictured above but which clips onto the hoops, which can be used to carry it and is adjustable by length, the strap also incorporates two clever features, an id label and also a "key" which can be used to lock the clips on the side (in the picture that's the bit that looks like the case's nose).
The first positive about this case is that as soon as my daughter saw it she fell in love with it. As it is relatively light (1.7kg) she can carry it herself, and she instantly liked the idea of being able to sit on it, at aged 4, nearly 5, she is a bit big for ride on toys but that doesn't seem to worry her at all. She likes the fact that you can hold onto the horns and is happy either propelling herself along with her feet or being pulled. We find the strap is strong enough to pull her along easily on airport terminal floors, though I wouldn't think it is designed for pulling on pavements in all honesty. As there is an anti-topple part to the case at the bottom we have found that she is not prone to toppling off, it's not an easy item to steer but as a ride on it works well. The lock feature functions well, though it would be easy enough to open the case without a key, and I'm not sure it's a very necessary feature, though perhaps that is as I don't trust my 4 year old to carry anything of value! Though the interior is not copious, here too the case works well, on our most recent 'plane trip we found we could fit most of her clothes for a short stay and a fair few toys into the case. The wheels do take up a fair bit of space in the inside and make it a slightly strange shape to pack but overall it's fine.
So, great idea, my child loves it, so why isn't it quite a 5 star product?
Though the Trunki is a good product, easy on the eye, and has child appeal, I think it could be a bit better than it actually is. My first slight gripe is with the pricing of this item, and also the fact that the case I bought was mis-labelled. When carrying the case (that's me, not my child), I tend to use the smaller handle. On the case that I bought the packaging proudly proclaimed "now with two handles" and pictured a case with, two handles. When I opened up the wrap around packaging I was, then, rather surprised to find that there is in fact only one handle. Unfortunately I found out the hard way that there are clearly a few issues with quality control or labelling where this company is concerned as an email enquiry lead to the company saying the packaging was a "mistake" and not offering to do anything about it - if you want 2 handles you have to pay another tenner for one of their other cases apparently. This seems a pretty big error to have made in all honesty and I didn't find the customer service great for a child's item, and I would have found the case easier to carry I think if it had the two handles as billed. They did say that they had sent "stickers" to the retailers stocking the item to put over the misleading labelling, but there wasn't one on my case when I bought it.
That said I can almost forgive the case the labelling issue, but overall at £30 I do think it could be better made than it is. The wheels are very flimsy looking and just moulded plastic, to be fair they haven't broken, yet, but they could be better. The actual fastening for the case is inexplicably difficult for children, and actually adults, to open and close and again is a negative as far as this case goes. There's something inside which is labelled as being a "secret compartment" which I can find no use for, and the interior strap is incredibly hard to open and close due to the way it clips together. Also, and without being picky, the top of the case when closed isn't exactly flush and just doesn't look like it fits very well. The plastic the case is made of is robust enough, but it's not particularly easy to open and close, which is a fundamental function as far as cases go in my opinion.
Overall then, a case that is adored by my child - it's the first thing she reaches for on any trip, large or small though I think will be outgrown in less than 2 years as once you can no longer ride on it I should think part of its appeal will go. It's probably much less loved by me, the person who bought it. A combination of small niggles, the feeling that fundamentally it wasn't labelled correctly and the inescapable fact that it's rather expensive for what it is has kind of taken the shine off it for me. It's a product that is great design- idea and looks wise, appealing as a concept, but in reality could be better than it actually is - that said I think you would be hard pushed to find a 3 year old who wouldn't want one. Recommended then, begrudgingly.
The trunki suitcase is just like any other suitcase really but it is designed so that your young child can ride on it while you pull them along.
The is a seat on the top of the suit case made of a strong plastic so that it can support your child's weight. The seat seems comfortable enough, while it doesn't have a cushion like base to sit on, the plastic it shaped well so that its easy to sit on, and I don't think it was meant to be a long term seating solution as at the airport you only keep your suitcase for a short while until you book in your luggage. Also its great to have a seat while waiting in the long queues you get in airports, so there is no moaning of tired legs.
There is a pull out handle so that you can pull the child along, the hand it long enough so that you're not bending down to pull it and not so long your child drags miles behind you. However, depending on how tall your child is they may be able to push themselves along with their feat, which is great as they look after their own stuff while having fun, so they aren't complaining about having to pull their own suitcase. I think an average child of 3 or 4 will be too small to push themselves, but from a bout 5 or 6 years they might be tall enough. My child is 6 and can push himself along, and wants to look after his suitcase, rather than me trying to persuade him to take it, which is great.
For the size of the suit case they is a lot of storage space, of 18 litres according to the description, and it enough for the average child, and I manage to fit a few extra. bits in as well. The wheels take up quite a bit of inside space, but its worth the sacrifice I think.
Also it is hand luggage size so you can keep it with after going through the security and take it on the plain with you.
The case is a strong plastic and not a fabric so your contents should be safe from damage and the case hasn't cracked while I've had it. It also has a key lock, rather than a coded lock with I prefer as I think it's easier to forget a code than it is to lose a key.
Overall this is a great product and a lot of fun for kids, making life easier for the adults
If you're looking for a suitcase to be both pratical but also fun, this should do the trick. We wanted a suitcase which could hold some of our child's belongings to make him feel like he was more grown up, but it needed to be pratical also.
This suitcase comes in blue and green for your little boys or pink and purple for your girls.
There are many ways in which it can be moved around - the child can sit on it and move around pushing their legs due to it being on sturdy wheels, or can simply be used as a seat to stop those aching legs when in long queues or having to wait patiently. They can also pull it along behind them (which it is generally light enough for) and is also advertised at being able to pull along your child on it. Although I'd maybe be a little worried to pull along a child sat on it, they do seem to have great fun being able to race around sat on the back whilst all of their things are kept safe inside.
The case itself is 46cm x 32cm and 21cm wide and has an 18 litre capacity. This great size means it is small enough to be hand luggage, whilst still being pratical and able to hold quite a lot of clothes. It is advertised for 3-6 year olds which I feel is quite accurate, although an older child may have less fun as I imagine their legs would maybe be too long and difficult to pick off the ground. The shoulder strap means it can be carried by an adult when your toddler becomes tired. It also has an ID tag with ample space to write your details.
I really like this and my child seemed to also - it was purchased at around £30 from Amazon I believe, which I don't think is too pricy for a suitcase and a ride on toy in one. It seems rather sturdy and as if it will last for a while.
With baby grandson doing his fair share of travel we decided to buy him a case which was his own, and which would at the same time be practical. I had read a lot about these Trunki cases and mentioned it to his mum. Although there are lots of designs are available she liked this blue one the best so I ordered one from amazon.
These ride on suitcases are marketed as being the way in which the stress can be taken out of travelling. The trunki can be sat on, ridden, pulled along or adults can carry it using the shoulder strap. It's nice and low to the ground so even young children can sit on it and their feet will touch the floor, so unless hit hard with a trolley or such like they should be quite secure. There are stabilisers at the front so the thing won't tip even if children get excited and do a lot of wriggling.
Terrance the Trunki is blue with orange trim sturdy green wheels and green horns so children can hold onto them and feel as though they are steering the thing themselves. There is a key for the trunki which is attached to the main body of the case by a sturdy strap so little chance of it being lost unless actually cut. Inside the case there is plenty of storage space for toys pencils etc, and straps fasten to keep the items secure. There is also a pouch running the length of one side of the case to keep smaller more precious items.
* The case is 420mm x 200mm x 270mm, so big enough for small people to sit on but small enough to be taken on board a plane.
* 18 litre capacity - holds lots of toys
* Trunki is made from the same material as adult suitcases so it is very durable and can be ridden on by two toddlers, although I think it would be a bit of a squash!!
* The saddle is made from soft rubber so it's comfortable to sit on and the sides are indented so little legs can get a good grip
*There is an ID label attached to a strap on which to write name and address
* Around the edges the case is fitted with a rubber rim to keep little fingers safe.
* It is only 3.8lbs so very light!
WHO IS IT FOR?
It is recommended that these cases are suitable for children aged 3-6 years. I think they are suitable for children slightly younger than this and if a child is large 6 year old then they may be too big fr the small case.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Although I can't remember the exact price I paid under £30 for this. Some of the more elaborate designs are more expensive but this is what the mummy wanted.
This is a very practical suitcase for young children. It has effectively taken away the sore feet grumbles and means that a push chair is not needed. It also means that there is no need to carry baby grandson whilst struggling with the other hand luggage. His feet sit firmly on the floor and because he knows that his toys and games are inside the case then he tends to be quite possessive about it and will sit on it at all costs. It has plenty of storage space, is light and very sturdy and the key to open the case is nice and chunky.
There are other accessories designed to be attached to the trunki case including a pencil case and a water bottle- I think the water bottle is a good idea although common sense must prevail as we couldn't fill it with water and take it onto the plane.
The only thing that concerns me about these is the fact that while small man is sitting on the case and we were looking the other way he could be snatched or get up and wander around. However I do tend to be a tad terrified about losing a child, because when my children were young we held hands or carried them. The thing to do is put them in front of you when standing in any queue!
All in all though a well designed well made case and one which is worthy of the awards it has won.
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