One of the many annoying complications with hiring a car since becoming a parent is the question of car seats. If we chose to hire one, do we then:
A. Take our own car seats from home.
B: Hire car seats from the car hire company or on arrival.
C: Buy car seats on arrival.
This question is further complicated with two preschoolers with A becoming impossible for us, B becoming expensive and C being a pain in the backside! Thankfully there is an option D – take along a cool backpack which is also a booster seat!
As you probably already know, we are already big fans of Trunki. Our kids ride on Trunki suitcases come everywhere with us. I was happy to learn there is also a Trunki car seat that fits along with their philosophy of fun, cute and functional travel items.
The best part is that this Trunki booster seat is also a backpack that can carry items and be taken on board as carry on luggage. It is a great option for 4+ year olds who just need a booster seat and meets safety regulation in many places including the UK and Europe (it does not in Australia however).
The Boostapak lived up to everything it promised except it is even cuter in real life.
The Boostapak could not be easier to use. You simply put it on the seat, pull the tab on the front of the backpack up, push a button in to release the sides of the booster seat and adjust a red clip to your child’s shoulder height once they are sitting. It only takes a moment.
You can see it in action here:
My favourite part about this booster seat is how it works as a backpack. It’s an easy size for my daughter, she can pack whatever she needs for the day and she can carry it around.
I have found, however, that she can not handle much weight in the backpack as the backpack itself has some weight.
This is not a recommended use but since you can put things in the seat while it is set up in the car, we have used it to store things we are leaving behind in the car when we are sightseeing! I’m hoping a thief would be less likely to look in the booster seat than the glove box!
There are a few different designs. Miss 5 looooves her hello kitty one.
The cover is fully removable and easy to clean.
This seat has also worked well for us for Mr 3 as a booster seat at tables in the apartments that we stay in and in restaurants.
Boostapaks are designed for 4-12 year olds, 15-35kg and up to 135cm. They are designed for use with a three point harness which is a normal sash belt in a car. You should have no problems fitting multiple Boostapaks across a back seat.
We love this seat/backpack combination.
I love how easy and convenient the Trunki Boostapak car booster seat is for us to travel with and that it is also a useful as a backpack. S loves it especially with the Hello Kitty design.
I especially love that this seat is compact, meets all legal obligations for us on our travels and still has a hard shell and some back padding. Although we liked using the Bubblebum as well, I feel this seat is more solid and does a better job of keeping S in position.
If you live somewhere other than Australia then this option would also make for a great back up seat for the grandparents or for a friend to come in the car.
If you are looking for an easy, fun option to a regular booster seat next time you travel, check out the Boostapak. I’m sure you will all love it 🙂
You can also read our full guide to the best travel car seats and booster seats for your kids.
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