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to buy a trunki for my 6 year old and just turned 8 year old....?

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tanmu82 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:16:42

that's it really! They both really want one and we are emigrating soon so thought it would be a nice little gift for them to make it all a bit more exciting. DH thinks they're too old for one though.......

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 01-Aug-11 14:17:22

Listen to DH... those trunki things are tiny.

queenebay Mon 01-Aug-11 14:19:22

we just bought our 7yr old one and she loves it

27tilly Mon 01-Aug-11 14:19:28

Whats a trunki??

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 01-Aug-11 14:19:38

Recommended age is 3 - 6....

Insomnia11 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:20:16

Tiny and extremely expensive. My 6 and 2 year olds have normal (small) sized pull along cases.

whoneedssleepanyway Mon 01-Aug-11 14:20:53

I told DH our DD1 was too old for one and she is 4....

My DN has one and it is more hassle than it is worth trying to drag it round the airport. If I were you I would buy them little carry on wheely cases

this sort of thing

belgo Mon 01-Aug-11 14:21:10

I saw these recently and they seem very heavy with not much space in them. The only time I think you would use them to sit on them is at the airport or train station.

belgo Mon 01-Aug-11 14:22:28

I agree with the previous poster, small suitcase on wheels is better for older children.

mymumdom Mon 01-Aug-11 14:25:13

Ours had them when they were little and they really were great but now only our 3 year old uses one. Our 8 and 9 year olds are way too big and even our 5 year old is really. I think you've missed the boat with your DC.

27tilly Mon 01-Aug-11 14:26:13

Ooohh they look small

CMOTdibbler Mon 01-Aug-11 14:27:04

I don't think they are a good idea either, and they are a right pain on planes as they need to be fully opened to get anything out

flipflopper Mon 01-Aug-11 14:32:33

my 2 have them and still use them for sleepovers etc, but they are too old for them now, at 6 and 10. Mil bought them without telling us she was getting them, and we have never taken them on a plane as they would be a nightmare to have in the cabin, and a pain in the ass to drag about when the kids are tired. I wouldnt waste your money tbh

tanmu82 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:34:35

ok, looks like I'm going to have to find an alternative..... shame though, the dcs had their hearts set on them...... CMOT that does sound like a right faff!

beanandspud Mon 01-Aug-11 14:35:45

I looked at them for my 3 year old but they were too small to be useful and would have been a pain on planes to open. They look lovely though - I think I wanted one more than he did but practicality won in the end.

megapixels Mon 01-Aug-11 14:36:27

My four year old had one when we went away last year, and it was my (very tall) 8 year old who whizzed around on it most of the time. Did look pretty odd grin. It is very sturdy so takes the weight, but is meant for smaller children.

Also like CMOT says, you have to open it out fully to take anything out. They are quite bulky so when you need something on the plane you have to stand up, take it down, lay it on your lap, open it fully, take the thing out and do everything back in reverse to put it back. You can't just open a little bit and pull stuff out as things will fall out if it's upright. Nice seat for a child when standing in a long queue though.

cupnoodle Mon 01-Aug-11 14:36:55

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mrsgordonfreeman Mon 01-Aug-11 14:38:36

I use dd's Trunki myself as it is easily roomy enough for a night or two away. DH and I took it to Le Manoir for our anniversary break, which on reflection wasn't such an amazing idea. I don't think they'd ever seen a Gruffalo trunki before.

But anyway, they are probably too old for them.

PlumBumMum Mon 01-Aug-11 14:40:07

They are on offer in Sainsburys at the minute

PlumBumMum Mon 01-Aug-11 14:40:40

Sorry just seen cupnoodle had posted thatblush

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 01-Aug-11 14:42:01

If I was 6 or 8 I'd love a rucksack with wheels. Pockets for books, DS and other bits and pieces. Pull it along when you get tired carrying it. Snazzy designs (not babyish).

lenak Mon 01-Aug-11 14:48:32

My 3.11 year old has one and absolutely loves it. She sometimes takes it with her to her grandparents house when she is stopping the night (usually full of toys - she puts her clothes in a separate bag).

It was great on holiday as well and the size allowed her to take just the right amount of toys and it kept her massively entertained in the seemingly never ending Ryan Air checking queues. Didn't find it a faff getting things out of it on the plane at all.

However 6 and 8 is probably too old for one.

SunshineOnARainyDay Mon 01-Aug-11 14:49:18

I'd have to disagree slightly, we think they are fab. DD 7 and DS 5 have had one each since they were 4 and 2 and we took them as hand luggage with us to New York last year. They proved to be great! DC used them to sit on when in long queues and we pulled them along on them on the way to the departure gate.

They took them on as hand luggage which was fine as they fit in the overhead lockers no problem. We just packed their inflight stuff into small rucksacks which were inside their trunkis, then before take off we took out the rucksacks which they kept with them in their seats, and stowed the trunkis in the the lockers so no need to keep getting them down.

We also use them a lot in this country for going on sleepovers and weekend stays with grandparents etc.

tanmu82 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:49:22

they look good cogito, thanks for the link smile

tanmu82 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:56:49

sunshineonarainy now you've gone and made me change my mind again! If they like them, and all we need to pack in them is a change of clothes, their DS' and games a few snacks and colouring book and pens, is it such a big deal if they are technically a little too old for them......??? I like the idea of keeping a smaller bag inside for things you need to take out during the flight. They would be handy seats too and I have a 9 month old DD2 who could inherit DD1's......

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