TJ is fast approaching the age of those little kids we see dragging their cute little rolly bags around the airport. I always wonder what exactly's in those things. I'm guessing teddy bears, Elmos, and dolls that are too precious to risk in checked baggage, for fear of being sucked out of the plane. But, can you actually get your little kid to pull his or her own weight? In other words, to actually carry some of their clothes or other necessities, thus reducing the parents' ever-increasing load?
Maybe you can, now that there's Trunki, a sort of animal-shaped (horse? bull?), wheeled, plastic, carry-on suitcase that children (the site says ages 3 to 6) can either pull themsleves or ride along on through the airport. I haven't tried one, but (at $39.99) I'm pretty tempted, as I can see kids getting excited over something that looks more like a ride or pet than a boring old suitcase. They've even got names-- Terrance is the blue one and Trixie is the pink one.
From the boring adult's perspective it also seems pretty practical. The website's FAQ's say that Trunki measures 18" by 7.9" by 12", has a 5 gallon capacity, and weighs only 3.8 pounds. It'd be interesting to see just how swiftly and smoothly you can pull your kids through the airport on a Trunki. If the little video they play on the website is any indicator, it looks pretty easy. I'll be keeping my eyes out in the airport to see if I can catch any Trunkis in action.
Thanks to Intelligent Travel for spreading the word on Trunki.