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Send Your Kids Packing with a Trunki

Written by Kirstie Pelling

Send Your Kids Packing with a Trunki

Kirstie Profile SmallDo your kids help you with the holiday packing or do you continually find yourself alone in a sea of summer dresses, arm bands and flip flops? Maybe your children would be keener to get involved if they had a Trunki to pack and ride? In this post, brought to you in collaboration with KLM UK, we look at the ubiquitous Trunki and how it can make your family travel a little more stress free….

Family with luggage at the airport

Ever since the kids were little we’ve grappled with the luggage and packing problem

Does packing drive you crazy?

If your house is anything like ours I’m guessing packing is not a whole family activity. In fact the very mention of it here sends everyone packing – to their bedrooms and sheds – to avoid getting involved. And I end up grappling with piles of clothes that concertina to the ceiling before toppling over onto the emergency corned beef I was hoping to squeeze into the space between socks and sleepsuits. When did Mums get appointed chief folder, ironer, packer, stuffer and labeller? I never applied for the job and the pay is rubbish. So I view anything that gets the kids even slightly interested in packing or lugging luggage a bonus. Which is why I loved the idea of working with KLM to see how a Trunki could help us take a short cut to holiday heaven.

Lugging rucksacks on the underground

Even now it’s a struggle to persuade the kids they need to lug their own rucksacks

Trunkis make packing and lugging cool

I’ve always admired Trunkis from afar. Trunkis are little character suitcases on wheels that children can pack, carry and ride themselves, big enough for a small person to cram in everything they need, yet compact enough to count as hand luggage on many airlines.

Even now, as teens and pre teens, my kids always squeal when they see another child riding a Trunki. While I see an opportunity for devolving packing and lugging responsibilities. This may be the stuff of dreams. Or maybe my hunch is right. Either way we will find out now. Because the kids are now the proud owners of KLM inspired Bluey Trunkis.

KLM Trunkis at Carnforth Station

KLM Trunkis stand out from your regular suitcases

Who is Bluey?

Bluey is a little plane and the mascot of airline KLM. He is also the star of his own movies, created as entertainment for young KLM passengers. Check out the #BlueybyKLM hashtag to find out more.

Making travel easier for families

Bluey also features on a new Trunki design from KLM. While Trunki is making it easier for families to travel, KLM is thinking along the same lines. With routes out of 19 regional UK departure points including Norwich, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, they are encouraging families to travel from local hubs rather than trekking off to London or Manchester. Flying from a local hub means shorter journey times from home, savings in petrol and train fares and often cheaper car parking and no need for overnight accommodation the night before an early flight or after a late night arrival. Follow @KLM_UK on Twitter for more news and updates from KLM in the UK.

You could win a KLM Trunki in our Trunki giveaway

You could win a KLM Trunki in our KLM Trunki giveaway

Get yourself a Trunki

If you’d like to make things easier travelling with your kids, why not consider getting your kids a Trunki. Like KLM, you can even customise your own. And soon your child could be packing their own case and riding on it, all the way to your local airport. And you can have a stress free run up to your holiday. Just don’t forget the corned beef!

KLM Bluey Image Courtesy KLM

Bluey gets ready for his next adventure. Image courtesy of KLM

Disclosure Note: This post was brought to you in a collaboration with KLM UK to help spread the word about Bluey, Trunki and the KLM regional hubs.

About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.


  • Would love to win these for my grandchildren…..keep them occupied with their own cases instead of trying to open everyone else’s xx

  • We have one of these. In my experience while fun they are unsuitable for anything more than a night away with the journey done by car. The case holds 2-3 days clothing for my 7 year old provided it is summer and so no bulky jumpers are needed or extra shoes beyond flip flops. There is then just room for soap bag but no kit (outdoor gear etc that most adventurous families would want). The hard shell of the case means you can’t squeeze extra in and it takes up a large space in the car boot or luggage rack for what you can fit in. In reality it is always easier to squeeze the contents into the adult bags. We have trained our kids to use rucksacks which are a practical solution for trains and planes and much more flexible. I really think that while sponsored posts may yield pay they lower credibility to such an extent one becomes really dubious.

    • Yes we use rucksacks too and it’s great when the kids pack and carry them too. For me it’s more a case of different things in different circumstances. Of course there are features of the Trunki that don’t suit some forms of travel. I certainly wouldn’t take one on a six week cycling tour but if the kids want to use it for a weekend away visiting relatives it works very well and they find it fun to pack and carry. I’m not sure what’s dubious about that but thanks for commenting, challenge and different views are welcome here.

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