Product Type: Trunki Suitcase
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I'm a Funky Trunki Junkie!
Trunki Terrance Ride-On Suitcase
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Trunki Terrance Ride-On Suitcase
Date: 10/06/11, updated on 10/06/11 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Genius child pleaser!
Disadvantages: Needs to be opened with caution as contents may spill out everywhere!
***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!
Summary: Fab. An absolute must for the travelling toddler!
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