Wondering how to manage car seats when travelling with kids? Michelle, mum of 2, reviews the Trunki Boostapak:
We had booked the apartment, flights, car park here and only had the car hire to go. I entered our dates, ticked the car we wanted and got a reasonable price until I started to add the extras…..2 booster seats for my 5 and 7 year olds. Could they really be half the price of the car hire for 2 weeks, apparently so. No chance I said, there must be an alternative.
We were booked on a Ryan Air flight from Dublin to Murcia so carrying our regular seats was out of the question, On the web I searched for portable car seats and found 2 types the inflatable Bubble Bum and the newly launched Trunki Boostapak. Both looked like they would do the trick and save me a considerable amount on the car hire company price. After further research I discovered that a local baby-shop had both for sale.
On seeing them I choose the Trunki Boostapak model. They are robust, practical and have great safety features. My kids were able to load their books and games into the back pack section, place the packs on their back using the comfortable, adjustable carrying straps,and take them on the plane.
On arrival we left all the books and games inside and simply lifted the cover from the seat element, clicked the sides up and fixed using the seatbelt. The seatbelt slides in under the sides as it does on a normal booster seat.
And the Trunki Boostapak has the added benefit of having a seat belt adjustment strap attached in order to adjust the height of the seat belt on smaller children. This can be moved from side to side to fit in with the position the child occupies in the car. After use the sides click back down easily and the cover is pulled over to make it look like a backpack.
The whole cover can be removed for cleaning. Since returning from holidays I have lent the Boostapaks to friends and now my daughters can take them on shared class runs. And everything they need fits inside. A great product and I would highly recommend them. See www.trunki.com for further details.
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