The Trunki is probably the most well known ride on suitcase. Two members of the editorial team already owned this for their little one and we were sent a new one for review. It comes in a variety of adorable designs and you can even design your own. Overall, we found the Trunki to be a reliable kids ride on suitcase.
We received Boris the Bus (€40).
My three-year-old loved decorating the suitcase with the stickers. He decided where each animal should sit on the bus and I helped him put the stickers on in the windows.
The Trunki is made of plastic, has four rolling wheels and allows the child to sit on the suitcase and either wheel themselves or be pulled by an adult. The inside of the suitcase has one interior pocket and elastic straps.
The strap can be adjusted to act as a shoulder strap, a feature I found handy when deplaning down stairs. The strap can also be used as a pull strap. These clips are made of plastic and are a tight fit in the hole, making them difficult to remove quickly and a vulnerable spot for wear and tear.
The Trunki easily fits under the seat as cabin baggage when laid on its side. It also fits upright in overhead bins, sliding in and out on its wheels. Additionally, The Trunki comes with a 5-year guarantee (when you register it online within 28 days of purchase from an authorized retailer.)
All three testers had some issue with the plastic construction. Marianne, Bébé Voyage CEO, has taken her Trunki all over the world and found that “after a few uses, we seemed to have busted one of the hinges so we have to finagle a bit to close it. Sometimes one of the side locks also pops open.” In general though the plastic stands up to plenty of bumps along the way, as my three-year-old is not the most careful rider. Kendal, the Bébé Voyage Destinations Guide editor noted that the elastic compartment clips inside constantly pop off, “I wish they weren’t removable.”
I was able to pack all of my three-year-old’s clothing for a four-day trip in Trunki. Kendal, fills the Trunki with “diapers, wipes, a few movies and a DVD player, several toys, a change of clothes and a few books” so it acts as her son’s carry on.
Across the board our favorite feature was that you can skip the stroller through the airport and let your kid take a ride. The Trunki works perfectly for our three-year-old, who is otherwise quite slow. On the Trunki we were able to keep him moving along with us, plus he was carrying all this stuff. Several members of the Bébé Voyage community found their child did not like riding along, so as with everything, know your child and their preferences. My three-year-old is crazy about riding bikes, wheelie bugs and wagons so I knew this would be a winner.
When we encountered a flight delay we found an empty hallway and let our boys have fun riding their wheeled bags. They had a blast and got the wiggles out before our flight. We attracted a lot of attention from other kids whose interest was surely piqued. This family even stopped to ask where they could get one!
The Trunki is a good choice for younger travelers and we will continue to bring ours along on our adventures.
When shopping at the Trunki Store toggle your location in the upper right to see prices and shipping for your country. Trunki has a variety of other travel products for kids in addition to the suitcase reviewed here.
We wanted to let you know, Trunki sent us a ride on suitcase in exchange for our honest opinion.
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