I have been a fan of the Trunki brand ever since I saw the first little suitcase on wheels. It was perfect, a storage space that could also double as a ride on toy or a seat for your little one. Trunki’s are both lightweight and durable, they provide a great travel option for those with young children, and they are a whole lot of fun too. But what about for the slightly older children? Those who are now going back to school, or having swimming lessions? Or maybe those who just have an independent streak and want to carry their own bags. Does the Trunki brand have anything suitable for them? The answer is an emphatic yes. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the PaddlePak.
The Paddlepak is a lightweight, water resistant backpack with an under the sea design theme. With adjustable shoulder straps, high visibility reflective trim and with a range of small pockets and hanging loops, they are just perfect for children who are no longer babies, but still love items that are cute and fun.
Trunki very kindly offered Joe the opportunity to review a Paddlepak, and he chose the Fin the Shark design (pictured above) with no hesitation. The minute it was out of the bag, he was already asking if he could take it to school to show his friends – instantaneous approval from the boy. (School doesn’t restart until tomorrow, but the answer was yes!).We are already really impressed by our Paddlepak, and for a number of reasons. For a start, it’s a shark. Joe is currently a little obsessed with sharks (I blame his dad and Shark Week), and with the design incorporating a fin and a great neoprene tail that also serves as an extra pocket, this really does have the appearance of a shark. No wonder Joe loves it so much.
Another thing that is great about the Paddlepak is just how lightweight it is – there is literally no weight to this bag, and so it is comfortable to be carried on your child’s back, with a soft mesh underside that adds to the comfort levels. That said,it is not lacking in space. It can easily accommodate a swimming towel and costume, along with cap and goggles etc for use for swimming sessions, and the fact that the bag is water resistant makes it a good option as a swimming bag – no more dripping all over the car.
I really like the way the bag securely closes, with a roll top feature and an easy to use safety clip. This is taking the ideas used in adult backpacks and making them child friendly. Joe could easily fasten this bag, but often struggles with zips and buckle closures, again the Paddlepak is a great help for those developing their independence. There is also a hook on the back of the bag which will enable it to sit easily on a school peg.
The Paddlepak is fabulous, Joe loves it, and I love it too, it is just so practical, but with a great element of fun in the design. Prices start at £9.99 for the Jellyfish grab bag, with the Shark design costing £24.99.
*We were sent a Paddlepak for review – all opinions are my own (and Joe’s.)