Ben has been learning to swim for a couple of years now but he has never had a ‘proper’ swimming bag – we’ve always just chucked his things in whatever we had to hand, usually a supermarket “bag for life” type thing. It does the job but it’s not exactly exciting.
We were asked to review the new Trunki Paddlepak and I knew immediately that it would be great for Ben’s swimming kit. I showed him the website and asked him which bag he would like “That one please Mum, the shark.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him the one he had chosen was actually a killer whale – besides I was secretly quite pleased he’d chosen that one as I really liked the look of it.
When the bag arrived I was struck by how light it was – but I also thought it seemed quite small and worried that we wouldn’t get much in it. I needn’t have been concerned. Ben was so excited when he saw the bag that he rushed off to grab all his swimming gear and pack his bag ready for his next lesson (almost a whole week away!) We were easily able to fit in a large beach towel, swimming trunks, talcum powder & swimming hat with plenty of room to spare.
The bag is packed with features – the most notable being the water-resistant fabric and the roll top closure to prevent water getting in (or out!)
What we love:
* The Trunki Paddlepak is lightweight and of a good size to make it comfortable for a child to carry
* The shoulder straps are easily adjustable which is great as I find backpacks often seem to trail down kids’ backs
* Reflective patches on the straps are a great safety feature but fit in with the design beautifully
* It’s deceptively spacious – Ben was easily able to fit all his clothes & shoes in during his swimming lesson (and you can imagine that he hadn’t really folded them!)
* It’s water-resistant – ideal for a soggy swimming kit!
* The roll top is easy for Ben to fasten by himself and also stops water getting in or out
* There’s a handy mesh side pocket “for a drink” according to Ben.
* The back of the bag is padded for comfort and also covered with mesh to stop it being sweaty
* There’s a handy internal pocket
* The tail forms a dry zip pocket which we found useful for popping some change in for the locker
* The “Trunki Grip” makes for a handy place to keep your sunglasses – a feature which Ben though was really cool
* A loop for hanging the Trunki Paddlepak up on a hook
What we’re not so keen on:
The only downside for me is that Chloe loves Ben’s Paddlepak so much I’m going to have to buy her one too when she starts her swimming lessons! In all seriousness there isn’t anything I would change about the Paddlepak – I’m hugely impressed by it.
Ben was excited to try his new bag – the biggest bonus here was that it meant he carried his own bag to swimming instead of me having to carry it! Although we have used the Trunki Paddlepak for Ben’s swimming kit he also reckoned it would be good for school or adventures and I have to agree. According to Ben “It’s the coolest bag ever” and who am I to argue with that?
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