Trunki Paddlepak Review

Ever since the older kids started back at school, my toddler and I have started doing little activities in the mornings, including swimming. So when the fabulous Trunki offered the chance to review one of their Paddlepaks, we got pretty excited.

We were able to choose the one we liked the most and seen as Annabelle really doesn’t care that much at the moment, her big sister decided to help me choose {it wasn’t easy!} but we finally decided on Inky the Octopus:


A Paddlepak is basically a lightweight, waterproof backpack that is perfect for taking out and about, whether it be to the beach, the local park and even to the local swimmers. Once Inky arrived I have to say I was really impressed at how well made it looked and how lightweight it was. Seeing the padded mesh back & shoulders, making it nice and breathable when on my toddlers back and not to mention the overall lightweight nature of the Paddlepak, I knew my toddler wouldn’t mind having this on her back when we popped out.


One thing I had never seen before in a product like this was the roll-to-close with a little clip. This is basically to prevent anything wet getting out and vice versa. I really like this roll to close method, plus I love how it also makes the paddlepak ‘puff’ out, making Inky look like a proper puffy Sea creature.


The Paddlepak on first glance doesn’t look like much will fit in it, but that’s what is so fabulously deceiving about it. It fits LOADS! I could easily fit in Annabelle’s cloth swim nappy, swim suit, hooded towel and arm bands, with room to spare. However, this was just going onto the back of a toddler so I just put in her arm bands, swim nappy and swim suit for her to carry.


The first thing I noticed when I put the paddlepak onto Annabelle’s back was how easy it was to adjust the straps. On some backpacks, the straps can be quite a nuisance to adjust, but these adjusted with real ease and I really appreciated that. Also one thing I would say the paddlepak needed for sure, would be a wee chest strap. Annabelle is almost two and even though the shoulders fit her well, I think a wee chest strap would’ve made it just that little bit better, prevents any straps slipping off the shoulders.


Along with the features, I have mentioned already, I loved that this product had so many. Everything had been thought of, reflective panels on the straps {very handy – especially with the darker nights coming in}, the wee goggle grip that you can hang your sunglasses through or goggles from it and it even has a handy little dry zip pocket, perfect for storing anything from hair bobbles to loose coins that jingled in your pocket.


Annabelle loves carrying little packs on her back and I really love how much use she will get out of her Inky Paddlepak, because the straps leave lots of room for growth. I can see Inky joining her for her lots more swim visits, beach & park trips and even her first days at nursery and pre-school.

Trunki have so many unique and funky designs that there really is something there to suit everyone. I personally found it very hard to choose, but I think we chose the perfect Paddlepak companion for Annabelle.


The Inky Paddlepak costs £19.99 and can be purchased here and there are also lots of other fun designs to choose from.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the purpose of my review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.



  1. 23/09/2014 / 9:36 AM

    We LOVE Paddlepaks too, Gemma is 8 and uses hers for school swimming! They are so versatile, and super cute to boot! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  2. 23/09/2014 / 5:16 PM

    Such a cute bag, I love it, and it is a perfect swim-bag that hopefully they can carry themselves, plus it looks so fun they will want to anyway! 🙂 #TriedTested

  3. 23/09/2014 / 7:29 PM

    we love our paddlepak they are so cool arent they! #triedtested

  4. 26/09/2014 / 11:06 AM

    Eeee she models it beautifully Debs. Such a bonny lass.
    We are also big fans of the Paddlepak 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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