We set off from the Trunki offices in Bristol with our BoostApak in hand.
We all agree that our children’s safety is the most important thing and it is rare to see a child travelling in a car unrestrained these days. (Not like the old days when my mother’s claim to fame was squeezing seven brownies in her MGB).
What is not so common, is the knowledge that the law actually requires all children under the age of 12 years old or under 135cm in height to use a booster seat. So inevitably if we have children we need to have a booster seat on hand at all times. Not always an easy thing to carry around, which is where BoostApak scored first with us.
Having four children it can be tricky juggling them all in the first place, let alone keeping track of where the car seats are and who is picking up from nursery - and the inevitable moment that you realise half way through the day that you have not left the booster seat at nursery/school and grandma is picking up this afternoon! So this ingenious idea that blends bag with booster seat solves one of my daily problems – I am in the process of teaching youngest child that he cannot leave house unless attached to his BoostApak. The second test was on the annual family holiday – ok first dilemma. Our Trunki goes everywhere with us and with only one piece of hand luggage it was a bottom lip wobbling moment. However as the BoostApak is hollow, I was able to put it into my case fill it with stuff and away we went. It’s not heavy and the extra room it took up was more than worth knowing that we had a safe car seat for our little scamp at the other end (I could write a book about the seats we have been presented with over the years and then of course there was the happy smiley Spanish man who assured me that my baby would be fine sat on my lap in Spain- he obviously didn’t drive or read the newspapers.) So for us BoostApak met all its claims. It has passed every safety test, it is easily transported, has a removable cover for cleaning (never underestimate the necessity of this!) and perhaps most important it seems to appeal to the four year old in our family, who thinks it’s great fun to carry his own seat around! As far as cost went, it wasn’t the cheapest option but we have definitely had our money’s worth in the couple of months we have owned it. At £44.99 it seems to fall somewhere in the middle price range. However this is without a doubt the most easily transported booster seat we have ever used.