Everybody is talking about it. Everyone wants one. Trunki is everywhere. And, wherever it appears, people get envious. It is the Trunki, the most trendy children’s suitcase of the moment. Its main asset? To be the prime carrier luggage of its generation.
As easy as riding a bike, your little one will love to ride their Trunki around the airport terminals and in front of your admiring eyes! Little Guest (a collection of luxury hotels for families) has analysed and evaluated, based on testimonials and consumer opinions, this key product for your future amazing holiday.
For the record, Trunki was created in 1997 after a university competition organized in the United Kingdom. Each student participating in the event was tasked with designing a unique and original suitcase model. A stroke of genius for Rob Law who, winning the competition that day, did not expect that his invention would meet such success! A success that can be explained, in particular, by the style of the small suitcase – Trunki never goes unnoticed. Whether as an animal (giraffe, zebra, ladybug), a vehicle (fire engine, F1 car) or a character coming from children’s stories (pirate, unicorn, dinosaur), Trunki has seduced thousands of families with its fun shapes and bright colours.
As if the designs range was not wide enough, you can even customize your luggage on the brand’s website. With more than a billion possible customizations, your little globe-trotter can make THE suitcase of their dreams. Everything is possible! And, since tastes and colours are not always the same, allow your little ones to have complete control over the aesthetic design of his creation. You can always claim that you are traveling with another’s child when other holidaymakers stare your way…
The dimensions of the Trunki correspond to those of small cabin luggage (46x20x31cm), a smaller format that allows you to easily slide it into the compartment of a plane, in the luggage rack of a train or in the trunk of your car. If most airlines allow the Trunki on board (even low-cost lines such as EasyJet or Ryanair), avoid having it shipped in the storage hold of an aircraft, as you could damage its beautiful hull. With a capacity of 18 litres, the luggage consists of two compartments, one of which has a pair of compression straps and a pocket.
When analyzing Trunki’s popularity, we could see that it has brought together generally positive opinions. Noted 4.4/5 on Amazon, the small suitcase has only a minority of dissatisfied buyers, who tend to quibble over its quality, which is surprising when you learn that the brand offers a five-year warranty on each of its models. In addition to the durability of the product, the most frequently cited criticisms by users was the flexibility or, conversely, the strength of its two clip closures, which are apparently sometimes too sensitive, sometimes difficult to handle, even for an adult, as well as its small capacity. Little Guest joins the protesters on these last two points. The space offered by the Trunki obviously does not allow you to install all of baby’s essentials. This is why we encourage your toddler to only pack his essentials: his Teddy Bear, his nappy changing kit, as well as a few books and games, in order to occupy his mind while getting to his destination.
The « Dream Rider » suitcase from Samsonite is an excellent alternative to the Trunki’s shortcomings. The American company also offers travel accessories for children. These include a carrying case for the little ones, travel kits and Ergofit backpacks for the older ones. Renowned for their durability and quality, Samsonite’s high-end children’s suitcases are the top sellers around the world.
Although a majority of users testify that a child of just 24 months can already easily handle the suitcase, the brand recommends it from 3 years and older to safely enjoy its carrier function, in addition to the pleasure of being pulled by Dad or Mom. There are also many consumers who advise against offering Trunki to a child over 6 years old, as his or her knees are by now too high to provide a comfortable seat. But no worries, Boostapak is there too! It’s a backpack that is adapted to the fragile joints of little ones and turns into a portable car seat, very useful during your trips by car or plane.
Another Trunki product that is much talked about on the internet is the Toodlepak, a kind of leash for children which leaves us somewhat perplexed… The Toodlepak’s selling point would be that this equipment, similar to a small waistcoat equipped with two snap hooks connected to straps, would allow to accompany baby in his first adventures and this, « in complete safety ». As you would have understood, at Little Guest, we are not really convinced of the necessity or the potential of this new travel accessory.
On the other hand, we are deeply convinced that the real strength of the Trunki is the autonomy it provides to the kid, and also to the parents. Remember the two hours before you embarked on your last trip? These crucial minutes are certainly not in the top three of your best memories, or am I wrong? Stress starts at home when you know that it’s important to have the baby’s essentials at the last moment and on the right side of the bag to make sure you can reach them quickly, if needed, on your way to check in your luggage. Moreover, there is the tension that accompanies you to check-in when you have to watch your tottering toddler while impatiently trudging in the serpentine tail of the queue while your right hand pulls on bag #1 and your left hand is trying to hold the passports of the whole family? Not to mention your changing bag, which slips gently from your shoulder, weighed down by all those lotions that you took with you, when you were told that only one would suffice?
With the Trunki, your child waits patiently and is comfortably installed on his totally personalized suitcase in which all his treasures are hidden. With his little suitcase that gives him everything of a big boy, your child, like Mum and Dad, gets organised and becomes responsible for his belongings. Better still, he gets personally involved in his new journey on our dear blue planet. And last but not least, look at him, see how proud your child is to own his own luggage. We are all falling for it!
Highlights of the Trunki case :
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Brand : Trunki
Place of construction : UK
Dimensions : 46x20x31 cm
Suitable ages : From 2 to 6
Weight (empty case) : 1,7 kg
Material : 100% polypropylene plastic
Environment benefits : Recyclable
Security code : EN71
Capacity : 18 L
Maximum weight held : 50 kg
Price : From 44,99€
Sarah, 25 years old, journalism and travel addict, from Brussels