Reviewed by David Savage
It’s been 10 years since Trunki appeared on Dragon’s Den and launched its children’s ride-on suitcase that has gone on to sell over 3 million cases. So Happy Birthday Trunki.
There are now 21 different designs available with different characters (you can even design and customize your own) and we were extremely delighted to receive the new Boris the Bus Trunki.
Luckily enough, the Trunki arrived while the twins were at school so I had a chance to look it over before they saw and took over!
For those that have never heard of Trunki, it is a child-sized ride-on suitcase that children can pull along, sit on and ride or sit on and be pulled along.
Boris the Bus is bright red and looks like a London double-decker bus. As one of the twins is bus mad, this will be perfect for him.
Firstly, the tech specs; the Trunki has an 18 litre capacity, has secure lockable catches, it has a carry handles and tow strap with key, it is lightweight and durable at approx. 1.7kg (3.8lb), a comfy saddle and horns grips for stability, soft rubber trim, internal pocket and an internal teddy bear seatbelt. It also comes with 2 free sheets of animal stickers for the children to customize the case – they can stick animals in the bus windows to make it look like the bus is carrying passengers. It measures 46 x 21 x 31cm, has a maximum ride-on weight limit of 50kg (110lb) and comes with a massive 5-year guarantee. It is made from the same lightweight, durable plastic you would find in adult suitcases so should stand the test of time (just have to see have it stands up to twin toddlers when they get home from school!).
It is also hand luggage approved by Ryanair, Easyjet, Thomson, First Choice and Flybe. Hand luggage allowances vary between airlines so it is advisable to check with your airline before flying.
So far it looks a good quality suitcase, so just waiting for the kids to get home from school to test drive it!
Once the kids got home from school they saw the box for the Trunki straight away and couldn’t wait to see what was inside and start playing. The bus mad twin had the biggest smile on his face when he saw the new red bus!
After showing them that they could sit on it and ride it, they were off. They spent the next 30 minutes riding it around the living room and hallway. I then showed them how to open the Trunki, where they found the stickers and then started to add the stickers to the bus windows. Now each window on the Trunki bus features an animal passenger.
Both boys love riding around on Boris and filling it with their wooden trains. But I needed to see how much it would actually hold. So after they had gone to bed I packed Boris with items that I would need for a day out with the kids; a complete change of clothes each, plastic pac-a-macs, their portable toilet seat adapter (they don’t like using adult toilet seats so we have a portable one that we take everywhere) and spare shoes. Boris held enough for both boys comfortably and the teddy bear seatbelt (elasticated straps) held the portable toilet seat in place quite nicely so didn’t rattle around. Boris held enough for a day out for boys for a day out, and even better was that I wouldn’t have to carry it as they could ride it wherever possible or with the aid of the tow strap can pull it behind them. If does have two carry handles for when I do need to carry it.
Overall, Boris the Bus Trunki not only looks great but is extremely practical and holds a fair amount of clothing etc… The soft rubber trim will stop children from hurting their fingers should they close it on their fingers and as the Trunki is a pull-along/ride-on suitcase children won’t hurt their backs carrying heavy luggage or a backpack.
We love Boris the Bus. It looks great, is strong and very durable, it has enough space for a child’s clothing and accessories for days out and holidays. Not only is it practical as hand luggage but it is a soft and comfortable seat for when your toddler gets tired of walking. And as a ride on, helps them burn off excess energy by pushing themselves around (or in the case of the twins, one sitting on it while the other is pulling it).
A great item and definitely worth the retail price of £44.99, especially as it can be used even when not travelling anywhere!
Available to buy from Trunki here.