The Trunki Ride-On Suitcase has been one of the big success stories of the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’.The suitcase, designed especially for children, has a double purpose; not only can children pack their own toys and belongings for a holiday in their own easy-to-use case (which is hand luggage approved), but if they are bored waiting in an airport lounge the suitcase becomes a fun ride on toy that they can whizz around on, or just use as the perfect child-sized seat to rest their weary legs in a long queue.
The original Trunki is a best seller, but now the Trunki has just got better!The latest version Towgo has all the great features of the original, the same sturdy design, chunky wheel base and storage capacity with a new unisex lime green colour and some great new features.
New teddy bear seatbelts allow kids to strap in the toys and stop them tumbling out when Trunki is opened and a new internal pouch means that they can keep little things tucked away and easy to find.The side catches are now lockable with a key attached to the handy shoulder strap to stop toys falling into the wrong hands! Finally the Trunki Towgo has a new carry handle for quick getaways when your flight is finally called.
So how did the new Trunki survive our rigorous testing at eParenting?The case is aimed at three year olds and above, so out testers aged four and seven were the perfect guinea pigs.
Of course the first thing everyone wants to do is ride on it; in fact for the sake of scientific rigour I tested it out myself and it did support the weight of an adult (or ‘big kid’ as my husband commented). I should point out here that the recommended maximum weight is 50KG which is just under 8st. I weigh a little more than that but I didn’t sit on it for that long, honest.
When the children finally got a go they pulled each other along for many happy hours, and Trunki smiled through the whole experience. In fact a 12 year old friend was just as fascinated by Trunki as the younger children were and rode quite happily on it too.
The fastenings are perfectly designed for chubby toddler fingers, with the fastenings easy to open, close, lock and unlock with the attached key.The new teddy seat belt is also easy for kids to undo and do up and the internal pouch was very popular – kids love to be able to hide things away.
When the holiday season is over there is no need to put Trunki on the top of the wardrobe with the other suitcases. It could soon take on favourite toy status. After all, kids love boxes and bags which they can fill up with their belongings, and they love ride-on toys, so Trunki could be considered a multi-purpose toy too.
The last word goes my husband to who looked at it wistfully and sighed ‘I wish they did them in grown-up sizes......’
Update July 2012. Sadly the Trunki Towgo is no longer available, but there are many new designs and special limited edition Trunkis available from Amazon.co.uk.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the editor of eParenting
About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!