We never stop being surprised at how much stuff you have to bring along with you when you travel with kids, but safety is never something parents want to compromise on. Often families find themselves stepping off the plane and hopping into taxis or shuttle busses to get to their destination. But most of these companies don’t provide booster seats for children. Even car hire companies will charge you extra to include them in your package, and these costs can really start to mount up, especially when you have more than one child.
Our Trunki BoostApak not only acts as a portable booster seat, but it also quickly folds up into a hand luggage approved rucksack with plenty of storage space. So it’s the ideal solution for family holidays, or even just to keep in the car for when extra school friends come along for a ride.
We’ve been chatting with mother of 4 and lifestyle blogger at Mummy Matters, Sabina Green, to find out how BoostApak has changed the way her family travel.
Last year Hubby purchased a Trunki Boostapak as a booster seat for Little Bean in his new car as it was the narrowest booster seat that we could find which would enable him to place all three of the younger Beans across his back seat. Since then we have received a Boostapak in Green for Beanie Boy and it has been used in just about any form of travel possible.
One thing I often struggle with when I travel anywhere by train with the boys is the onward travel if it’s more than a 30-40 minute walk from the train station. I don’t mind walking but for Beanie Boy this can become a struggle. Taxi firms do not have to provide a car seat or booster seat for children and so I have found myself stranded in London on more than one occasion when a taxi has arrived with either no seats or just the one for the two boys.
Our first outing with the Trunki Boostapak saw us heading on the train from Peterborough to St Neots for the #ArgosGardenParty. The Beans were able to carry their Boostapaks themselves as they fold up to become a backpack (or give them to their big brother to carry when they felt tired). The base zips open to reveal a handy compartment which is deceptively spacious and elasticated net pockets in the lid to store books, pens, sweets, snacks or whatever else you could fit in it. We haven’t managed to fill it yet!
They came in handy at the train station when standing around waiting for the train became too much for them and then once on the train, the Beans decided to sit on their Boostapaks but they could easily have been stored in the overhead racks. Getting off the train in St Neots we had to travel out into the Countryside via a taxi, so the younger boys sat on the Boostapaks whilst Little Bean sat on the booster seat provided by the taxi driver.
Since our initial train/taxi journey we have used the Boostapaks another 2 times on the trains. I also now keep on Boostapak in my car as an emergency spare seat for when you need to pick up another child from school for playdates or to help out friends.
Our most recent trip saw us take the Boostapaks (plus one we borrowed from our friend Karin) on our family holiday to Menorca. We packed their Boostapaks with sticker books, games, toys, their cameras and Kindles to keep them entertained on the plane and then from the moment we left our car at Airport Parking the Boostapak was with them. They sat on their Boostapaks on the transfer bus, they carried them through the airport and then when we boarded the plane we had to pop them in the overhead locker for take-off and landing but for the rest of the flight they had them down to sit on and to access all of their entertainment. When we left the plane we had a transfer coach which took us to our holiday destination and again the Beans were able to sit on their Boostapaks. They really were the perfect holiday accessory.
Here’s what Trunki say . . .
BoostApak is a ECE44.04 approved car seat for group 2 & 3, certified to European Union and United States safety standards, recommended for children under 135cm weighing between 15 and 36 kg (approx. 4–12 years).
Booster seats are not only important to ensure that your child is safe and comfortable during a car journey, but UK law requires that ALL children under 12 years old or 135cm in height use a booster seat. So it’s essential to always have one with you when travelling by car or taxi. If you’re hiring a booster seat on holiday, BoostApak could save you £100’s!
The Boostapak comes in five different colours and you can also buy covers if you wish to replace them or when passing the Boostapak down from one sibling to another. Prices starts at £44.99 for a Boostapak and £19.99 for replacement covers. We honestly cannot recommend ours enough. The Beans love it, we love it.