Talking Kids Travel With Trunki

Going to New York with teen, and leaving the rest of the family at home was a big decision for me.  No matter how excited I was about the trip, leaving the girls for what would be 5 days including the travelling, made me feel sad.  Little Pudding is too young to understand and is very much a Daddy’s girl at the moment.  Princess, who is nearly 4, needed to know what was going on as she can get quite anxious when I’m not around.

Talking Travel With Trunki + Giveaway

When Trunki found out I was going to be going to New York they had a brilliant idea.  They very kindly offered to send Princess their brand new ride on suitcase, Tony The Taxi. They thought it would be a fantastic way of involving her in planning for the trip and make her feel apart of what was going on.  I had to agree, it was a brilliant idea and I couldn’t wait for the New York taxi to arrive!

child playing with trunki suitcase

Tony The Taxi immediately fuelled Princess’s imagination.  We have an hour a day when her little sister takes a nap and we can do an activity together.  She really enjoys this focused attention from me so I like to make the most of it in our daily schedule.

We talked about where her Mummy and her big brother were going.  We explored the idea of going to another country and how we would get there.  We decided going on Tony The Taxi wasn’t a very good option and that perhaps a plane would get us there quicker.

Tony The Taxi comes with some really cool stickers, and this helped us talk about the places Mummy and teen were going to be visiting.  There was a picture of the Statue Of Liberty and the Empire State Building, which were both on our travel itinerary.

child packing suitcase

The really fun part for Princess was packing her Trunki ride on suitcase with all the things she would take for a trip to New York.  She searched for all her favourite things to see if they would fit in her suitcase and she came up with this definitive list of what a preschooler needs in New York City.

What A Preschooler Would Pack For New York City

  • A duck for the bath
  • Swimming costume even in February
  • A Torch – because they are useful
  • Lots of toys
  • A ball
  • Some shoes
  • More toys
  • A story  – I’ll Only Need One
  • My favourite pyjamas

As no clothes for the daytime have entered the suitcase yet, I offer a little promoting at this point.

  • Oh Yes, Some Clothes!
  • Socks are handy too
  • I might want to wear a cardigan as well
  • Don’t forget some pants
  • A dress is essential, maybe I’ll need 2
  • Leggings because they are comfy

I asked Princess to have a quick think about what she did in the morning…

  • I’ll need a Toothbrush

This didn’t last long before more interesting things were being packed again…

  • Another ball
  • Magnetic animals
  • I won’t need any money, as there is some stuck to my taxi already!
  • A brick
  • A magnifying glass
  • A mirror because I like looking at myself
  • Peppa pig
  • Noo noo from Teletubbies
  • A shoe lace – just in case
  • Another mirror – I like to look at myself a lot
  • Some keys
  • Toy airplane – because we are flying obviously
  • A tea cup
  • A purse
  • A stop-go sign for crossing the road
  • More bricks

child closing trunki suitcase

This activity was really fun for the both of us.  It gave me the opportunity to talk to Princess about going away using a fun imaginative game.  This made her feel a lot happier about me being away for a few days.  She had a lot of fun packing her taxi, and she can’t wait to take it on her next holiday to Fuengirola with Mummy in March.  I might have to take over the packing though!

We were gifted the Trunki Ride On Suitcase in exchange for this post and this post also contains affiliate links.  Should you wish to purchase a Trunki product I may receive a small commission. 

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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222 Discussion to this post

  1. Tracy K Nixon says:

    Their rucksacks filled with their favourite toys

  2. Paula Barker says:

    Her favorite Teddy!

  3. joanna butler-savage says:

    favourite teddy and haribo

  4. Tracey F says:

    Trains and books about trains! x

  5. emma walters says:

    my son has to take his teddy 🙂

  6. Harline says:

    His special batman pjs

  7. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    A teddy which she has had from a baby its called “wee bit teddy” she liked to rub his label when needing comfort which is the wee bit, he is a bit ragged after 1000 washes in the washing machine but well loved.

  8. Rachel Craig says:

    Reading and activity books for the jouney etc.

  9. KATHY D says:

    He never goes anywhere without a huge bag of lego

  10. Andrea Fletcher says:

    A favourite teddy and a bedtime book.

  11. Leila Benhamida says:

    My daughter always love to take her colouring book and crayons

  12. Susan Smith says:

    Books, pencils her Frozen doll and her comfort blanket

  13. Paula Readings says:

    He likes his fluffy frog.

  14. iain maciver says:

    lego and cars

  15. Karl Borowy says:


  16. Nichole says:

    books and favourite blanket

  17. Catherine Falls says:

    Books! To read in the car!

  18. Kerry Crowe says:

    I don’t know, as we haven’t been able to take him on holiday yet – but hopefully soon 🙂

  19. Carrie Truckle says:

    My son had to take his blanket with him

  20. harriet says:

    Comfort blanket

  21. Claire Elizabeth Noke says:

    My youngest loves taking Her Dolly and her blue blanket 🙂 My middle child loves taking his imaginext figures everywhere with him…. and my eldest is obsessed with her phone and wot go anywhere without it! :/

  22. Kathryn Joyce says:

    Definitely his blankly!

  23. melanie stirling says:

    A toy fox called Crumb and swimming goggles.

  24. Leeanne says:

    My boy is grown up now but my niece, who us 5, has to take her “snuffy”. She has a few and they are squares of soft fabric.

  25. Victoria Thurgood says:

    her Teddy and doll with a story book

  26. jessica woods says:

    His blanket x

  27. tracy sinclair says:

    A Peppa Pig fleece and Peppa soft toy, oh and also the tablet computer with Peppa Pig cartoons to watch on an evening x

  28. Suzanne Drummond says:

    my son has a dinosaur

  29. lindsey stuart says:

    My daughter Heidi always has to have her teddy rabbit Harry with her

  30. Martina Pichova says:

    His LeapPad … because the Xbox can’t go camping (I think that’s a good thing).

  31. jo hutchinson says:

    favorite cuddly toy.

  32. Samantha loughlin says:

    Has to take favourite toy xx

  33. Neha Parmar says:

    My daugther’s Favourite toy & a night time story book

  34. Ray Dodds says:

    Teddy and blanket

  35. Jo m welsh says:

    Their bed time toys

  36. Rebecca Duncan says:

    a few of his favourite toys

  37. Pauline Hill says:

    lego and dinosaurs

  38. Bex allum says:

    A cuddly and a book

  39. kate philpott says:

    he like an hour on his kindle before bed and his shark teddy

  40. Aleksandra Wojslaw says:

    Barbies, plush Hello Kitty , paper & crayons 🙂

  41. Lisa Everaert says:

    His favourite book which is captain puddleduck.

  42. Adele L says:

    My daughter takes her doll, my son takes his bing bunny

  43. katie w says:

    her favourite teddy and blanket

  44. Catherine McAlinden says:

    Their favourite teddies!

  45. Julieann Harrison says:

    Woody and buzz has to go everywhere

  46. Tammy Westrup says:

    My daughter has a rabbit and my son a monkey that they take evrywhere!

  47. Emma F says:

    Her favourite teddy, stickers, pencils and paper

  48. Alisha says:

    His cars, trains and books.

  49. Ashleigh Allan says:

    a teddy

  50. Zoe G says:

    their tablet!

  51. Sam McKean says:

    Their teddy bear and a book 🙂

  52. Anthony Harrington says:

    a toy zebra

  53. Chris Michael says:

    Her trunki suitcase and soft toys.

  54. Angela treadway says:

    Thier teddy they go bed with x

  55. Dawn Gould says:

    A bag of toys and books

  56. Sarah Mackay says:

    My daughter has to take dolly, we can’t go anywhere without her

  57. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    Her favourite blanket and her swimmers

  58. aaron broad says:

    Cuddly toy

  59. Kat Lucas says:

    Her fave blankie

  60. Terri Mathewson says:

    His blanket

  61. Julie Henderson says:

    there little sheep woolly

  62. brenda heads says:

    My son has a rucksack that he can fill with his favourite things. Usually cuddly toys, books, drawing books and pencils.

  63. john jackson says:


  64. Amanda says:

    We have to take our ipad mini – such a modern world!

  65. stephen ashdown says:

    Spencer the bear and Rebecca rabbit, courtesty of Bear Workshop. They even have a Pawsport! Been signed by the captain and crew on way to Lanzarote. BIG thank you to Thomas Cook and Thompsons, you made a little girl VERY happpy!

  66. olivia Kirby says:

    Blanket, toy, book

  67. Sadiyya maryam says:

    My little one loves to pack her own hand luggage which she fills with a new magazine, crayons, a small you and some snacks.

  68. Rita Hutton says:

    books and favourite bedtime toy

  69. z webb says:

    fav cuddle toy x

  70. Gnei U says:

    Books books more books and books …then few toys…

  71. Jay Pilkington says:

    My daughter always talked her Barbie mermaids with her so they can swim in the bath together

  72. dave hill says:

    My boy always takes Mr dinosaur with him so he would take pride of place

  73. Geoff Dagger says:

    Teddies and camera

  74. Ruth Tesdale says:

    My grandson takes his nintendo DS

  75. Kelly L says:

    His favourite toys!

  76. claire woods says:

    Pillow, books and cuddly toy.

  77. Sally Collingwood says:

    Mr yellow man (teddy)

  78. Dawn Hull says:

    Colouring books and crayons.

  79. His comforter, called Kiki 🙂

  80. k dunn says:

    books, books and more books! I’m surprised she has room for clothes

  81. sharon martin says:

    their favourite teddy Spot

  82. Julie D says:

    this!!! no but usually favourite toy

  83. Mrs Rachel Heap says:

    a soft teddy

  84. Simon C says:

    Favourite soft toys — all three of them! (I dread to think what would happen if we found ourselves on holiday without them….)

  85. Megan Adams says:

    She always packs her favourite books, bedtime teddy and blanket.

  86. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    Her favourite books and her teddy called Ladybird x

  87. leanne tickle says:

    A bunny called suzie

  88. Corinne Peat says:

    His teddy

  89. Lucy Chester says:

    His favourite teddy

  90. Ruth Harwood says:

    Her pink Giraffe

  91. Becca Staples says:

    My twin boys have to take the teddy’s. George pig and Rebecca Rabbit x

  92. jennifer thorpe says:

    they can’t leave home without their cuddly toys

  93. Tony Metcalf says:

    A colouring book.

  94. Anna K says:

    Teddy bear, can’t go anywhere without it!

  95. Sarah N says:

    My son has a bag which hold his toys, and folds out flat and becomes a play mat with train-lines and roads on. It’s great.

  96. Kayleigh-Anne Watkins says:

    My 3 year old daughter has moin bunny hes a beany ty bunny he was mine as a child now shes adopted and renamed him, we cant go anywhere without him xxx

  97. justine meyer says:

    toys, book, games and whatever else they can stuff in there x

  98. Michaela Hannah says:

    Their blanky and favourite teddy

  99. Angela Webster says:

    My little girl couldn’t go on holiday without taking her pink blankie.

  100. Tracy Newton says:

    My little boy always takes his blanket

  101. Kelly Donald-Pattullo says:

    His flop toy

  102. Jo Carroll says:

    He has to take his penguin cuddly toy and some toy cars but this year the dummy stays at home never to be seen again 😉

  103. Samantha Fernley says:

    His iPad, books and a tub of animals.

  104. Tracy Hanley says:

    ipad , colouring books , piglet, bucket and spade

  105. linda curtis says:

    if we go on a long journey they bring along their neck pillows so they can sleep comfy , but always take books pens juice and treats , and recently a tablet to play games on and watch videos

  106. Rich Tyler says:

    His toys cars and dinosaurs!

  107. Keri Jones says:

    His iPad, lol! Also a couple of story books and a teddy 🙂 x

  108. Ruth Goddard says:

    EVerything and anything

  109. Sabrina Wilson says:

    Nintendo ds for my eldest and blanket and dummy for my youngest

  110. Kelly says:

    ZeeZee – It’s his comforter and he won’t sleep without it!

  111. betony bennett says:

    My 6 year old is obsessed with diving masks!! 😀

  112. Nat thomason says:

    Alice takes her sea horse

  113. Solange says:

    Her favourite Teddy.

  114. Sheila Shepheard says:

    A bedtime book – usually an old favourite.

  115. Alison Johnson says:

    His Fimble that my brother bought for him when he was 4 months old.

  116. Ayse says:

    Something musical for bedtime. She’s never had a comforter but loves to fall asleep and singalong to music 🙂

  117. Lillian Fisher says:

    His toy dog called Troy goes everywhere with him at the moment

  118. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir says:

    His dog-eared Kung fu Panda Toy and an ancient gameBoy he was given

  119. rachael mccadden says:

    the Nintendo ds

  120. Tammy Stevenson says:

    My son would have to take his trains. We have to take his trains everywhere and I can’t imagine he would possibly allow us to go on holiday without them

  121. Emma Fox says:

    My son always takes his favourite teddy

  122. Julie Ward says:

    Grandchildren take ipad and most probably their parents, lol

  123. Sarah says:

    My daughter would have to take her teddy ‘Snuggly Bear’! ? x

  124. k walsh says:

    a colouring set

  125. Liam Bishop says:

    Always a cuddly cat he goes to bed with 🙂

  126. We have to take her Zippy soft toy everywhere at the moment!
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  127. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    Teddy has to come!

  128. Lori Mckillop says:

    Colours books and pens, tablet and action figures 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  129. Katie says:

    We’ve only ever been on holidayin the UK with little miss but if I we’re to ask her I know she’d say ‘a snack’ and ‘a treat’. Apple. Far. Tree. Bless her xx

  130. Christine taylor says:

    Baby Jake, my son’s weird looking teddy/doll thing x

  131. Vicky lawless says:

    Her must have teddy bears to sleep with

  132. Clare Hubbard says:

    His toy tiger Parker

  133. Herbert Appleby says:

    Got to take her teddy bunny called Tutu

  134. Susan Elai Kelly Carter says:

    Little-man has to take his snuggle blanket and light saber.

  135. Sally Voong says:

    His learning crawl ball, he plays with it everyday for ages. He’s not learnt to crawl with it yet though but loves it.

  136. Danielle Cresswell says:

    Toy cars to play in the sand with x

  137. Michelle O'Neill says:

    her dolls x

  138. gemma hendry says:

    teddy bear

  139. Val Swift says:

    Dumbo – her favourite teddy

  140. Lyndsay-Rose P says:

    Her favourite blanket and teddy

  141. Sandra Clarke says:

    My son’s teddy always goes on holiday with him.

  142. Emmanuelle says:

    Their bags with their toys! 🙂
    Thank you for this competition! 🙂

  143. Kayleigh Parker says:

    My kids have to always take their favourite teddy bears. We make pretty labels with glitter and stickers on and write our address and phone number on them and tie them round their necks with ribbon incase they get lost so we can get them back in the post !

  144. Cindy Kong says:

    Oh my daughter would have to bring her “baby” doll, a princess dress and her pony!

  145. Adriana Pena says:

    My son would take he’s clothes, he’s sleeping buddy panda and he’s tablet.

  146. Cassandra Mayers says:

    Her bunny teddy and books 😀

  147. Elsa says:

    His teddy,books, extra toys and his favourite clothes

  148. Heather walborn says:

    He has to take his favorite Nemo blanket & one of his favorite super heroes!

  149. Susie Wilkinson says:

    Her SpongeBob Blankie!

  150. Holly edmundson says:

    Has to be there fav teddy and blanket 🙂 else they won’t sleep other wise xxx

  151. […] flying home from our recent trip to Fuengirola. She was more than comfortable charging around the airport on her Trunki and also very happy on the flight […]

  152. Rachel Butterworth says:

    His ratty old blanky.

  153. A Passmore says:

    Favourite blanket and pillow

  154. Sarah Walford says:

    He has a towel which he cuddles to sleep at night. We can leave anything else but not his special towel.

  155. Amy Skinner says:

    Some Lego so his imagination can run wild and he can have a go at building what we see or do that day

  156. Margaret Gallagher says:

    A toy called Henry who goes everywhere with him

  157. donna l jones says:

    my daughter takes her teddy

  158. Susan B says:

    Three items each are allowed and, actually, their choice changes quite often. However, at least one item is a gadget!

  159. Jackie ONeill says:

    their favourite toys and books

  160. kimberley ryan says:

    They take their favourite teddy bears and books/activities to do in the car

  161. Terri-Louise Dudey says:

    always their pillow xx

  162. Clara Cort says:

    blanky, teddy and favourite Superhero shirt

  163. Sarah hanson says:

    Scruffy bunny

  164. EJ Dunn says:


  165. Katherine Coldicott says:

    Thomas the tank engine & Teddy

  166. Paula Phillips says:

    His furry blanket.

  167. kim neville says:

    My son has to take his jellycat bunny and a book

  168. shell says:

    His favourite cars

  169. Michelle Ptak says:

    Florence takes her fluffy rabbit and some toys to keep her entertained.

  170. Vera Bahounkova says:

    Books and cars

  171. kate knight says:

    the favourite teddy bear

  172. Claire Ward says:

    Everything …. But the important one would be her donkey

  173. Natalie Baskerville says:

    My son has to take his buzz lightyear toy which goes everywhere

  174. Sue Bielewicz says:

    Favorite teddy or they can’t sleep

  175. Julie says:

    He has to take his teddy 🙂

  176. Adrian Bold says:

    He has a toy dinosaur that needs to go EVERYWHERE with him.

  177. Sara Brinkhurst says:

    I laughed out loud at her packing list as it sounds very similar to what I imagine my daughter’s will be when we go on holiday in the summer. She has already started a list consisting of her toy story toys, toy plastic food and a small wooden see-saw from her dolls house. She has got one item of clothing on it though – a swimming suit 🙂

  178. James Mullen says:

    Toy car

  179. Kat Allinson says:

    Their favourite teddy,my eldest a muzzy to sleep, my youngest daughter a dummy to sleep

  180. Nancy Bradford says:

    My daughter always has to take a few of her my little pony collection to play with in the car.

  181. Paul Gee says:


  182. Rebecca Phillips says:

    woody and buzz! they go everywhere

  183. Jane Middleton says:

    special teddy

  184. karen teulon says:

    My daughter has a plush killer whale from SeaWorld that has to go everywhere with her!

  185. claire little says:

    the special teddies

  186. Kerry Webber says:

    Nintendon 3DS. Won’t leave home without it!!!

  187. Kelly Wiffin says:

    Things to do on the train and lots of snacks!

  188. A.E. ADKINS says:


  189. Leslie Evans says:

    Her stuffed rabbit ( like a Teddy Bear )

  190. Laura Craggs says:

    My son always takes his favourite soft toy with him

  191. Vicky Loveday says:

    Without doubt Star her little rag doll. Couldn’t leave without her.

  192. Miriam Pereira says:

    her favourite toy

  193. jessica cook says:

    My son loves to take his dog comforter with him when he goes away

  194. matthew colburn says:

    my son has to take his buzz lightyear everywhere with him and its a piglet for my daughter 🙂

  195. Natalie Crossan says:

    her favourite teddy xxx

  196. Pauline Black says:

    A bag full of Thomas engines!

  197. Rebecca Powell says:

    My son has to take his favourite soft toy

  198. Margaret Abram says:

    The twins have to take their dummies. One to suck and one to rub on their faces! They were very premature so were given dummies to teach them to suck. I think they’ll still want them when the are at school!

  199. Jamie Millard says:

    George the Hippo

  200. kirsty szekeres says:

    Lamby! His favourite teddy!

  201. CAT CULMER says:

    Millions and millions of toy cars

  202. Denise C says:

    My son has to take his toy cars

  203. Barbara Handley says:

    My grandchildren usually take one of their soft toys.

  204. Emma Whittaker says:

    She has to take her lion teddy that goes everywhere with her 🙂

  205. Chris Fletcher says:

    His favourite blanket!

  206. Chris Fletcher says:

    He has to take his favourite blanket!

  207. Meena Hindmarch says:

    We go nowhere without Doris the rabbit

  208. Wendy Guy says:

    Teddy bears and colouring books for the journey.

  209. KATHY D says:

    Lots of Lego – he goes nowhere without it

  210. Michaela B says:

    my son insists on taking a Thomas train everywhere, my daughter has to take a doll

  211. Emma says:

    Teddy bear

  212. Shirley Evans says:


  213. Samantha Atherton says:

    An orange muslin cloth she’s had since she was born, It’s a bit tatty now but she couldn’t sleep without it.

  214. Zoe Warren says:

    Her bunny called Barry who she can’t go to bed without!

  215. Em S says:

    My daughter has to pack her favourite blanket

  216. Caroline Signey says:

    My son loves his spiderman sunglasses

  217. DUNCAN BROWN says:

    Always Teddy

  218. ellie spider says:

    her glowbug night light/music bug

  219. Nicole S. says:

    Her favourite soft friends! 🙂

  220. sarah rowland says:

    my little ones always take a selection of their toys with them

  221. Charmian Filewood says:

    It feels like everything but the kitchen sink!! But cuddly toys always

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