Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Out and About With The Trunki BoostaPak

I've always known Trunki for their brilliant suitcases but their range continues to expand, including backpacks, storage, travel pillows and much much more. All their products are aimed to help parents and children who like to get out and about and be on the go.

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review their Boostapak, a car seat which is also a backpack in disguise, clever!!!

Winner of a huge 10 awards including Practical Parenting & Innovation award and the LBP Best Travel Invention award, the Trunki Boostapak is designed so it can be taken everywhere with you.

Car seats can be a tricky subject. The law requires all children under the age of 12 or under the height of 135cm to use some sort of car seat.

The trouble I have with 4 children all needing a car seat is fitting them all car.

Most car seats are quite wide which normally means I struggle to squish three car seats in a row, this leaves me having to sit inbetween two car seats and putting the third in the front passenger seat.

This is where the Boostapak comes into it's own. Approved as a group 2 and 3 car seat which is suitable for children aged between 4 and 11, it is perfect for three out of four of my children to plonk their bums on.

You can see from the pictures below that it manages to slot inbetween two car seats with ease.



My 4 year old was more than keen to be the first to try out the seat.

There are clear instructions actually on the seat itself which show you just how to install the Boostapak correctly in the car.

Extremely straight forward to do.

The only problem I had was doing up the seatbelt as this was now hidden at the back.

Luckily Gracie is old enough to know what to do and managed to get her tiny hands through the gap to do up her own seat belt.

I'm sure you can see by her smile that she was more than comfy.

The seat when installed is solid and sturdy.


Next up to try out the Boostapak was my eldest daughter who is eight years old. She normally sits in the passenger seat so we thought it would be a good idea to demonstrate just how well it fit in the front of the car.


The seat includes fold out seat belt guides which are easily closed with signed buttons on the side, wipe clean covers which can be removed with ease and a seatbelt adjuster which enables to customise the seatbelt height to fit your child, ensuring maximum safety.


The seatbelt adjuster makes it simple to make the Boostapak suitable for any child, no tricky hidden parts to decipher, no having to unthread seatbelts to make them longer.

Being easy to remove from the car makes it a fantastic option for taking into other cars, on school trips and on holiday.

Speaking of holidays….

The Boostapak is not only an approved travel car booster seat but a rucsack too.


Hand luggage approved, it can carry up to 8 litres of belongings inside. I was amazed at just how much could be fitted inside. The size of the Boostapak is very deceiving.

With a net pocket one side and plenty of space on the other which is protected by a hard plastic shell, you will have no problem fitting in those much needed travel essentials for your child.


Trunki have thought of every tiny detail. Padding on the straps to make it as comfortable as possible for your child to carry, high visibility reflective trims so you can easily spot your child in poor light/ night time and they have even popped an ID tag on there incase the bag happens to get lost.

Now we aren't going on holiday any time soon so to test out the space we popped in the contents of one of my girls school bags and you can see from the photo below that we didn't even manage to take up half of the space.


Now the Boostapak is described as lightweight but just how light was it when filled with belongings? 

Elise stepped up as chief tester to tell me just how easy it was to carry.

I think in this case her smile says it all. She gave it her seal of approval and proceeded to carry it around all afternoon, it didn't hurt her arms or back and she actually said she would of had no problem putting more in there.


Overall we all give the Boostapak a big thumbs up.

Available in pink or green, the £44.99 price tag is well justified. Fun and practical at the same time. 

This versatile product offers an innovative solution to travelling with children. Your kids can carry it themselves when not using as a seat, leaving you as the parents with your hands free to carry your own bags/belongings.

Makes travelling a more enjoyable experience for all!!

xxxx

Disclaimer : I was sent this seat FOC for reviewing purposes however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

8 comments:

  1. oh we have this booster seat and i never knew there was hidden space haha brilliant! its a great spare carseat!!

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  2. Gosh that is so clever, I love that it can even work as a functionins rucksack and carry things! Perfect for on holiday. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  3. That is very clever....I do like things which have more than one use.

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  4. These look really good, I like the dual purpose Dropping by from #TriedTested Linky x

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  5. I love the look of these- they look fab for long journeys and holidays. Good to know that Trunki are a reliabel brand too! Thanks for sharing :)
    x x

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  6. What a really interesting product. As someone who also struggles to get all my children in the car I'm really curious as to whether this would be a good solution for us.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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  7. these are super if you need a carseat on the move :-) i like the arms xx

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  8. That's super! Have you heard about Dublin Panel Beater? They are just very efficient and responsible at their work. I always can rely on them for my car.

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