On our first international trip as a family, Travis and I saw an invention that we wanted to buy for our daughters. We saw a family with a little girl that was riding on a pink suitcase that had wheels and a leash for her father to pull. Something smart, and practical. The only problem was that once we got home from our trip we couldn’t find it. I searched, “suitcase you can ride on,” in Google in countless ways, countless times, and I just couldn’t find anything. We would stop and look in various suitcase shops, still nothing. Finally, three years and various countries later, we found it in Athens, Greece at a store called “PreNatal.” We looked at the name, and went home and looked it up online before going back to the store to purchase one.
I am going to introduce you to an awesome idea for any family with small children (from age 2 – 5), the Trunki. The Trunki is a suitcase you can, “pack, ride, & pull along,” according to their website. It is a company located in the UK, but it can be found under the Melissa & Doug umbrella in the US. I found it for sale online at Amazon.com.
The interesting thing about this product, besides how much kids love it, is the response you will get when other people see you pulling your child on it. People in different airports were amazed and excited to see a rideable suitcase, and we got a lot of comments such as, “I wish I had an adult suitcase like that!”
We were able to pack all of Kati and Ksena’s airplane toys and coloring books along with their beloved stuffed animals, Waddles and Fee Fee. The only thing I would caution you about is going over bumps or dips because we did have one incident with Kati falling off when we were in JFK going from gate to gate when we went over a dip.
This product is a definite 5 out of 5, and I would totally recommend it for anyone with kids because it keeps the kids busy during long security lines, it works as an extra seat while waiting to be seated on the plane, and it also works as a way of transporting your tired kids through lengthy gate changes. This travel tool definitely made things a lot less complicated on our trip from Athens to Los Angeles. There are also cool accessories on their website like the “Trunki Tote 3 in 1” that fit into the Trunki, on the back of the passenger car seat, and triples as a tote bag to carry.
If you decide to go ahead and purchase a Trunki, I would love to hear what you think and see pictures of your little one enjoying it!