I shared our day trip out to see the crocodiles, and of course we took a picnic. Personally on a day out I like to have a treat sometimes and eat out, but with N permanently asking for a snack, I always take food out with us. On this occasion we took a picnic as N had got a thing about them at the moment.
Being out and about with children, there’s no such thing as only taking a handbag, there’s a need for drinks, food, potentially wipes and a change of clothes. To save me carrying everything, we do love N’s trunki paddlepak, that we previously reviewed. Ok, so we usually rely on it as his swim bag – obviously the water resistant nature lends it to this use. But as a day bag it’s great. Better than his nursery rucksack which is too bulky for him to wear on a day trip out, and it’s a lot more fun and attractive for children to wear. I’m impressed that the bag’s lasted so long, compared with some bags which get holes in quickly.
While I had the main part of lunch that needed keeping cool in a small cool bag, he was able to have his own drink, plus an old ice cream tub of other bits and pieces of our lunch. There was plenty of room left in the paddlepak although, but the closure clip does stay closed better if you’re not ramming it full.
N’s friend H noticed N wearing it straight away. I find it’s always a talking point and having the lobster character helps you talk about the different animals. Thankfully this day trip, we only took the paddlepak, not the gorgeous little Jellyfish grab bag and paddlepak crab purse that N was sent by Trunki. I think one bag is plenty enough, although N has been insistent recently on taking these into town, and to a country show.
It appears he likes to have money with him, and to help me carry things in his bag even though I worry he’ll leave them somewhere. More on these in another post to come.
The picnic went down really well as usual. I think N loves the way the different food options keep coming.
Both boys were eager to try the Ella’s Kitchen snacks we were sent to try out on our next picnic.
Neither were that keen on the parsnip and poppy seed cracker bites, although I quite liked them. I think they’re more of an adult taste, and were a little dry to eat lots. Definitely the small bag was the right size for them. But the version of squashed fly biscuits went down a treat – they’re raisin and spelt cookies went down nicely as a sweet sign off to the meal…well before N came back for an apple and whatever else was left!
We’ll definitely be taking our paddlepak out for more day trips. I think the next might be on our trip to the south west in a week or so, when we’ll be hopefully getting to the beach. Being water resistant will be a great help, especially if it helps avoid sand getting inside the bag too.
If you like the look of the trunki Paddlepaks (and why wouldn’t you?), I’ve got a giveaway for you. There’s one prize of a paddlepak of your choice, and all you need to do to enter is tell me in the comments below which paddlepak you’d choose, who you’d give it to and where you would take it. Then hit enter on the rafflecopter widget. You can enter the optional entries if you if you so choose. T&cs are below
Terms and conditions
1. UK entry only, over 18s, 1 per household
2. Mandatory entry by answering a question (all 3 parts should be answered)
3. Giveaway closes 11.59pm 14th September 2014
4. Entries will be validated
5. Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, and further notifications shared on social media.
6. Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond with their postal address and the paddlepak of their choice within 2 weeks of receiving notification of the win, otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
7. Winner’s details will be passed on to the promoter, who will send out the prize (assuming their choice is in stock) within 30 days of receipt of details.
8. Competition may be featured on Loquax, Super lucky me and Prize Finder
Disclosure: We were sent a paddlepak jellyfish grab bag and crab purse in thanks for writing a post and hosting a giveaway. All opinions and words are our own.