You may remember that I mentioned you should not be without a Trunki when travelling with a toddler in the post Flying Transatlantic with a 3 year old which I wrote at the end of last year. We are big fans in our household and to be honest I couldn’t see how it could be improved on. How wrong I was, the clever people at Trunki have done just that by creating a Made for Me service. The service allows the child to design their own version of a Trunki and then get it delivered to their home in less than ten days.
When I told Monkey what we were about to do he was very excited wanting to drop everything and do it straight away. Its so easy to do you follow the simple instructions on screen which can be found here.
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The above is what you start with, down the right hand side it lists all the areas which your child can customise. By clicking on each are it will give you the colour options available, click on the colour and the corresponding body part will magically change to the colour selected. At 3.5 years Monkey had not problem navigating between the options available, in fact he was so quick we ended up with some fantastic colour combinations and variations as he enjoyed switching between parts.
It sparked a lot of conversation about colours and what goes well together and what doesn’t. I think at one stage we had 9 different colours with each part being different! He eventually settled on a blue body, which is no surprise as its his favourite colour. It was lovely to watch and listen to his personality coming through and his decision making processes. We gave him complete free reign with a little suggestion here and there along the way. For example at one point the whole Trunki was going to be blue. Its the first time we have really given him this sort of responsibility, he gets choices around what he is going to wear, options for dinner (somedays) or the treat he is buying in the sweet shop. But he has never had the opportunity to design something himself and he loved it. He was so proud of his finished design below:
The system itself is so easy to use you really do just select an click. I think Monkey took about half an hour designing his but you could do it in five minutes if you wanted to. There is also a great page of ideas of colour combinations if you are having a less than creative day and an explanation around how it works. I like the fact that at the checkout it confirms back to you your colour choices allowing one last check.
Delivery is 7-10 days however we ordered ours on the Sunday and it arrived the following Wednesday in its like Trunki Kennel. It was like Christmas all over again with Monkey jumping up and down and demanding that it be opened straight away. It came with its own little birth certificate and stickers. As you can see below Monkey was very happy with it and wanted to start packing straight away. I will writing a separate post on packing his little Trunki shortly as we have a holiday planned in the next few weeks.
What I loved:
- With 1,000,000 possible colour combinations its very unlikely anyone will ever select the same making each one unique as the child that designed it
- Simple straight forward website which is easy to use
- Each Trunki comes with a 5 year guarantee
- Delivery is fast and free, they also ship internationally (prices vary)
- The price is very reasonable at £44.99 when you consider the price of other children’s suitcases, especially with the unique design element
- It aids discussion, reasoning, logic and decision making skills – I genuinely was surprised by how much Monkey took from the process.
- Find out more on there website – https://www.trunki.co.uk/madeforme
Naturally Monkey wanted to take it out for a test drive straight away – he loved wheeling it up the street full of toys and books ready for his next adventure.