Monday, April 9, 2012

BAK Gear: Trunki - Pack, Pull, & Ride Suitcase

BAF travels. Alot. As soon as BAK was old enough to begin carrying "one man, one kit", offloading some of the responsibility of carrying BAK's items upon herself. We explored a few options, including a mini conventional suitcase with 4-wheel rollers, backpacks, conventional carry-ons, soft luggage bags; however, BAM was immediately attracted to the Trunki. It sells for around 49.99 on-line through Melissa & Doug, or can be found in most toy shops.

The marketing text for Trunki states it as:
"The greatest travel innovation since the wheelie bag! Trunki allows children to scoot along on their luggage through the airport or train station. This lightweight, sturdy, carry-on sized suitcase serves as luggage, riding toy, and transport for kids on the go! At home, Trunki may be used as a convenient kid-friendly storage bin too! Features include a tow strap, carry handles, secure catches, integrated wheels and stabilizers to prevent toppling over. Holds up to 75 lbs. Dimensions: 18.25" x 8.63" x 12". Weight: 1.7kgs."

The Trunki is available in several different themes and colours. My BAK's favourite colour is purple, naturally she chose that one. The Trunki is a great piece of kit for our toddler, because it teaches her the responsibility of packing what she thinks she needs/wants for a trip. We purposed the Trunki to be her 'activities trunk'. You can see her princess luggage in the background. That is where BAM keeps the mission-critical essentials, but items to keep BAK interested and occupied during downtimes, or items she may want to utilize during our trips, she packs into her Trunki.

The Trunki is constructed of a hard PVC shell, probably to about the same hardness as a Thule cargo box. The hinges are sturdy. The wheels seem to be constructed of the same material, and are inset into the trunk to provide a low footprint. I really like the idea of the Trunki, because it is one of those pieces of kit that is multi-purpose. This is the perfect waiting chair for BAK while waiting for seat upgrades at the airport. I could also use the tow-strap and tow BAK along. One neat thing you can do with a Trunki is get these sticker packages, and create faces - ala Thomas Engine style.

The lockable latches operate on an up-down motion. To lock, you use the key that is attached to the tow strap. The locking flanges are made entirely of plastic, meaning that it could very easily be ripped off. So no high-end electronics go in there.

We decided on this piece of kit mainly because nothing else we looked at fit what we wanted it to do. Something that teaches her the responsibility of packing her own kit. The ability for her to use it as a sitting stool, and when we travel through LAX or ORA or one of those other airports that require you to go from terminal to terminal, I can tow her. It's also at the right height for her to tow. It also is at the right weight distribution for her to tow as well.

I would recommend this suitcase for any BAK who travels alot, and where those travels might involve lineups, or transfers, with downtime.

1 comment:

  1. Suitcase I see no reason on buying this..also I think it'is a Great Gift Idea!



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