Product Type: Sunshine Kids Travel Bag
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Sunshine Kids Car Seat Travel Bag
Member Name: chrisandmark
Sunshine Kids Car Seat Travel Bag
Advantages: Keeps baby's car seat clean while being transported and stored, a great design
Disadvantages: It's showing it's age, doesn't have a carry handle apart from the long shoulder strap
I ordered this from Amazon when I realised I'd need to transport David's car seat in my bro-in-law's dirty van when we moved house. David wasn't born yet (that was three days later!) but I'd unboxed the travel system in readiness for the new arrival - there was a tonne of snow on the ground on the day we moved house so there was no way I was driving otherwise it would have gone in my car! I was going to put it inside a couple of black bags as I didn't want the fabric marked before I'd even used the seat when I spotted the Car Seat Travel Bag on Amazon while browsing for last minute baby bits.
It's basically a large 'heavy duty' zip-up bag that you put your baby's car seat in on the (probably rare) occasions that the seat is travelling but baby isn't. It's made of a thin type of canvas, it's a good touch being made in black as it definitely doesn't show the muck up - and Adam's van really is filthy so I'm sure it picked some crud up in the journey from our old house to the new place!
The zip is smooth and opens out along three sides, this is perfect as car seats are bulky even with the handle folded down so it's a good design to have the bag open up so wide. Another good feature is the fact that this zip opens up along the bottom of the bag as that makes it so easy to slide the bag over the seat, flip the whole thing over and zip it up. Makes much more sense than struggling to physically put the seat inside the still-rigid bag. The zip pull is chunky and easy to grip, the one on mine actually broke after two uses but Mark popped another one on and since then it's been fine.
The bag is much bulkier than it looks in the piccie, especially when it has the car seat inside. In fact it's roomy enough for David's Mothercare travel system car seat (which itself is bulkier than average) and I can also pop his very basic Hauck stroller in there too. Admittedly the stroller is a very small one, but it's come in handy a couple of times to transport them both together. Now the bag is being used simply to store the car seat until I've finished with the base unit of the pram, David has been in a bigger car seat for a few weeks now so when I realised he'd completely outgrown the 'emergency' newborn seat I put it in here and that's where it'll stay until I pass the whole travel system on.
As for the quality, well, it's just about alright for it's current use of out-of-sight storage. It's been used on a couple of long distance trips and two short ones, one of these being to the hospital when Mark came to pick me and David up so it does have sentimental memories too! It's looking a bit battered despite it's functional blackness, the once white branding on the bag is now sludgy yellow and the corners definitely look like they're about to start fraying. I think it's pretty good that the bag's still going; considering the strange contours of my car seat and stroller I'm surprised a seam hasn't gone at least, actually the way I've forced extras into the bag sometimes I'm surprised a hole hasn't appeared! The fabric is waterproof so don't store damp items in it otherwise you might find they go mouldy, the bag isn't made of particularly thick material (it's a type of thin canvas) so is definitely sturdier than it looks.
The adjustable strap is useful, when the car seat is inside the bag it's too bulky for me to carry over my shoulder and I wish they'd also included a short handle as most travel style bags do. I had to physically carry it in my arms to get it to the car one day and it would have made life a lot easier to have been able to pick it up and carry it like a (stupidly bulky) bag.
When opened up to its full capacity the bag measures 24cm x 22cm x 9cm - I got these measurements off Amazon and it's gubbins as the bag stretches and contorts into the shape and dimensions of your car seat! As I said, my seat is quite bulky and padded with a rocking base and there is plenty of room left over - last time we went away I stuffed David's toys inside the curve of the seat and managed to fit them all in plus the stroller. I was quite impressed with myself!
When I bought the Sunshine Kids Travel Bag it was £15, which I think is a fab price for this very useful item, it has since dropped in price by £1 and is available from Amazon with free delivery.
Summary: An excellent and very original idea