The Trunki was famously the one that Dragons’ Den let get away. When inventor Rob Law appeared on the BBC show with a prototype, Theo Paphitis ridiculed the product after he accidentally pulled off one of the straps. Deborah Meadon declared there was no market for the case and telecommunications tycoon Peter Jones said: “I meet people like you all the time – you think you have something. I tell you, you don’t.”
But since then, Trunki has gone on to sell more than 1.3m of the gizmos and you can’t go on holiday without tripping over dozens of children on Trunkis.
So we’re thrilled another new take on the children’s suitcase has been launched. Skootercase is designed like a trendy Italian scooter. It looks like a mini version of the Vespas you see weaving around the streets of Rome or Milan.
It’s small enough to fit in the plane’s overhead bins once you get on board, but it also comes with fully functioning steering and sturdy rubber wheels to keep your kids entertained in the airport – just make sure they don’t crash into fellow passengers.
There’s also plenty of room inside to store all your child’s favourite things to stop them from getting bored on the journey. You can fit up to 13 litres in there so it’s more than enough space for a weekend away with their clothes and teddy or just for fitting in toys, books and electronics for hand luggage.
If your children get tired or pulling it or riding, there’s a tow strap which doubles as a carry strap so you can just throw it over your shoulder.
And, you don’t have to save it for travelling. You could use it for doing the school run with an older sibling, or just for having some fun around the house.
It’s such a charming product, the Skootcase has already been applauded by parents and critics alike. A reviewer on children’s product website Wee Share said: “Every time I see the Skootcase, I cannot help but smile. This adorable suitcase and toy is just such a fun product. It’s going to be making lots of trips with my family in the coming years. I am certain any time we go out of town, the Skootcase will be coming along too.”
Kidcrave describes the ride-on as “clever,” adding: “The icing on the cake is it’s an approved carry-on size”. And 2strokebuzz says: “I don’t know how you could have kids and not need that.”
Recommended for children aged three years upwards, the Skootcase retails at $65 and comes in a range of colours including baby pink or sky blue.
The case has been created by Diggin Active, which was founded in 2006 in California by three toy industry veterans, Nathan Keker, Jenny Stern and Phil Neal. The trio pride themselves on providing kids’ products that combine “great design, great performance, great value and great fun.”
It’s probably just as well the creators of Skootcase never entered the Dragon’s Den.