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.

picnic at crocodiles of the world with trunki paddlepak and ellas kitchen

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!

picnic with ellas kitchen and trunki paddlepak

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

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1. UK entry only, over 18s, 1 per household
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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.


  1. I would choose the frog,as my son max just loves frogs n toads,and we will take it on holiday this year in November to the canaries x

  2. Laura Elizabeth Davies

    The Dolphin, I would give it to my daughter, Annabelle and we would go to the beach!

  3. Stephanie Acton

    I would choose Inky for my nephew, we would take him to the swimming baths

  4. sara owen

    i would chose the dolphin and would give to my daughter mia to keep her swimming stuff in

  5. claire little

    i’d choose the shark one for my youngest son and we’d take it everywhere i’m sure.

  6. Natalie Crossan

    I’d choose the clownfish 🙂 Fabulous xx

  7. catriona nation

    I would choose the dolphin for my daughter to take to the beach

  8. Angela Williams

    The PaddlePak Tropical – Tang for my son

  9. Kirsty Partridge

    I would pick the Shark and give it to my Son

  10. June Gaynor

    I would choose Inky the PaddlePak Octopus for my Great Nephew George. He loves the beach at Tynemouth, and would look very stylish wearing this!

  11. Gemma Chantler

    I would choose Sheldon the turtle for my daughter. We have just returned from a holiday to the Dominican, where she saw turtles swimming in their natural habitat and now loves them! I would take this bag on days out and any future holidays we may take.

  12. Champaklal Lad

    PaddlePak Tropical – Tang – for my nephew – take it to the sea side

  13. vicki hennie

    my son would love the shark one to use as his swimming bag x x

  14. liz ferguson

    I’d choose the octopus for my daughter

  15. Susan Pringle

    I would choose Flo, for my youngest and we’d take it everywhere.

  16. Sarah Lewis

    Spike the blowfish my little one would love to take it on our holiday at the end of the month.

  17. I would get the Dolphin and give it to my 6 year old and take it to his swimming lessons

  18. Helen Garner

    I like the octopus which I would give to my little boy. He would probably take it everywhere.

  19. Vicky Edwards

    Chuckles the clown fish my little one would take it everywhere!


    Octopus one, I would give to my daughter for trips to the seaside & school.

  21. Suzie Heard

    PaddlePak Octopus – Inky. I would give it to my daughter. We would use it when she goes swimming, to park anywhere really. It’s so cute x

  22. Danika Lloyd

    Octopus for my niece on the beach 🙂

  23. elizabeth ferguson

    Spikethe blowfish my son would love him!

  24. Kirsty Greer

    Would love to take the turtle one to the beach x

  25. Alison Smith

    Aww blowfish spike! ❤️ do I have to share with my kids or can I ditch my handbag and have spike instead?!

  26. Caroline Bellamy

    I like Spike the fish best. Will save it until my little one is older – I’m sure they’ll want to take it everywhere

  27. Kaito and we would take him on a park adventure

  28. olivia kirby

    Lobster, my 2 littluns would fight over it and we’d go for picnics in the woods

  29. I would choose fin for my son and we would take him swimming with us

  30. Jane Middleton

    I would choose shark, give it to my nephew and go for a trip to the sealife centre

  31. Lisa Wilkinson

    I’d choose Tang the Tropical Fish for my little girl and we’d take it that the beach (not a tropical one unfortunately!)

  32. Angela Paull

    Inky the Octopus – we’d take it pond dipping 🙂

  33. rachael jones

    Ribbit ! ! he could come geo-caching with us 🙂

  34. Elizabeth Williams

    I would choose the Clownfish for my son to take to the beach.

  35. Tina Lighten-Duncan

    I’d choose the frog for my great little nephew, he loves them and he would take it hopping along everywhere he goes =D

  36. I’d love Flo for my little girl, we could take her anywhere!

  37. Katie Walker

    Inky the octopus for my niece when she visits us to go down to the beach.

  38. I’d love a PaddlePak Lobster – Pinch for my nephew

  39. joanne liddement

    I would choose the paddlepak sharkfin for my son who is seven and we would take it to our local beach to do some rock pooling and would carry our packed lunch and net and bucket in the paddlepak

  40. Jenny Barker

    the lobster for my 4 year old son George and it would come on holiday with us :0)

  41. steph lovatt

    My daughter would love the clown fish one and we’d take it on a day out to the seaside.

  42. Kim Styles

    The clown fish for my daughter she loves them and has a fish of her own ! We would take it to seaworld when we visit soon as part of her birthday present and of course to the beach.

  43. Robby Price

    The clown fish for my Grandson for the beach

  44. Lorraine Foster

    I would pick the paddlepack tropical – tang. I would give it to my son Riley to use on our holidays xx

  45. Karen Barrett

    I would choose the Clown Fish for my Grand-Daughter, Ellie, she would love it when we go swimming

  46. julie perry

    I would pick the Lobster-pinch and give it my Grandaughter. She could use it for nursery and going on days out 🙂

  47. jessica newman

    My 3 year old son loves the clown fish he has just started nursery so this would be perfect for him to take some toys and snacks with him in

  48. Monika Suchonska

    I like \Clown fish, it would be for my daughter

  49. Gill Mitchell

    The shark, for my son Thomas. We would take it on a trip to Gullivers World

  50. Karen Lloyd

    I would choose the clown fish for my son because he loves finding Nemo. We are taking him on holiday abroad for the first time in the spring so it would be ideal for all the time we will spend on the beach.

  51. Joanna Butler-Savage

    nemo and everywhere because it would mean a lot to him

  52. Kerry Lethbridge

    I love the frog he’d be a regular addition on all excursions

  53. Jennifer Rhymer

    I think I would choose PaddlePak Clown Fish – Chuckles for my son and he’s take it to pre-school, swimming and probably everywhere!

  54. Lucy Higgins

    I would choose Pink Flo for my niece. She would probably put all her toys in it for when we go on long journeys in the car! She loves to to shopping too so she would probably help me carry mine by carrying some in her rucksack 🙂

  55. The Clown Fish – I’d give it to my best friend’s little girl and she’d no doubt take it everywhere!

  56. Mrs Janet Thornton

    I would choose the clown fish and give it to my grandson.We would take it on visits to the park,on walks in the countryside and day trips to the seaside.

  57. Lynn Heath

    I love the purple inky the octopus, I would give it to my niece so that she could take her swimming kit in a fab bag to her lesson each week!!!!!!

  58. Karen martin

    I would choose the clown fish for my son and he would use it when he goes to playschool

  59. Sharon L Johnson

    the lobster, its fab for my daughter x

  60. maxine m partridge

    the frog. my son would love it and use it everywhere as we have pet frogs


    the clown fish would be perfect for my son to take out on his birthday picnic

  62. Jo-Anne holton

    i would choose, PaddlePak Octopus – Inky but my two boys would have to share it, take it in turns to take it swimming!!!

  63. donna jones

    i would chose lobster for my granddaughter for her holidays

  64. Rachel Marr

    The Octopus is brilliant and my first choice!

  65. Samantha Atherton

    My little girl likes spike the blowfish & we’d take him on our many trips to the beach.

  66. jen jackson

    a shark for my son for trips to the beach

  67. Linda Thorn

    PaddlePak Killer Whale
    it would be
    as my daughter
    loves the sea
    a whale thrown in
    would make her beach holiday
    filled with glee

  68. Emma Ellison

    The shark for my son to take to the beach x

  69. elaine stokes

    I would have the shark and give it to my little one, who has a nasty bite on him!!!!! we would take it swimming

  70. Becca Staples

    I’d pick the frog for my twin boys and we’d use the bag daily for there change of clothes and drinks etc

  71. Zoe Roxby

    PaddlePak Frog – Ribbit for my nephew hes obsessed with frogs


    Inky the Octopus! I’d give to to my daughter to use for nursery!

  73. Emma Fox

    My son would love the shark to take to his swimming lessons.

  74. Kirsten Barthy

    Pinch the Lobster for my daughter for our swimming trips

  75. Joanne Welsh

    PaddlePak Lobster – Pinch for my nephew when we go swimming

  76. Denise C

    PaddlePak Pink – Flo for my daughter – we would use it when going swimming

  77. kayleigh Bates

    I’d get the clownfish for my daughter and wed take it swimming

  78. Stevie Fairbairn

    it has to be the F1 Lotus racing car. I’d give it to my nephew is the least spoilt boy in the world.

  79. Corrin Davies

    If i had a paddle pack I would give it to my son to take to his first day of school tomorrow. EEEEEEE!!!

  80. Keshia Esgate

    The octopus for my nephew Jonah to take to the park for a picnic

  81. michelle banks

    I would pick the shark for my grandaughter, and she could put her snacks in it when we take her on day trips x

  82. Michelle McCulloch

    Inky the Octopus would go swimming with my nephew.

  83. wendy procter

    Clown Fish – Chuckles
    for my son
    we would use it to hold his swimwear at the local pool x

  84. The frog, I’d give it to my little boy who loves them and we would use it for swimming trips

  85. Stephanie Whitehouse

    The occtopus, for my youngest grandson, next time we go on a shark hunt at the ford in the river

  86. jackie chapman

    I would love the shark for my Grandson Bailey and we’d take it to the beach!

  87. Kerry Brown

    pinch the lobster for my 5year old, we would take it everywhere! the beach, the woods and even on holiday!


    I would give it to my friends for her son and i think i would pick the lobster so he can take it to the beach with him

  89. Keri Jones

    If it was up to me I would pick the shark but as it would be for my son I would let him choose. We would take it when we go swimming or to the beach xx

  90. I’d choose the PaddlePak Turtle – Sheldon for my daughter for day trips to the beach!

  91. Sandra Clarke

    I would choose the clown fish for my niece Sophie as she is full of chuckles. We would take it on holiday with us in the caravan.

  92. aideen mcelhone patel

    Shark 4 my super 5 year old 🙂

  93. Diane Radford

    PaddlePak Frog – Ribbit, For my daughter Matilda, to the park and library.

  94. Holly Smith

    Aw, Sheldon the Turtle is awesome! I would give him to my nephew but he is only 5 weeks old at the moment so he can’t go anywhere with it quite yet 😉

  95. Allan Wilson

    Paddlepak Shark – my godson – we’d take it to Deep Sea world as he is mad on sharks

  96. Zoe Coen

    I would pick PaddlePak Shark to my son and we would take it on our holidays next January to Tenerife

  97. Kristin Goodson

    My nephew would love to take the Shark Paddlepak to the pool!

  98. Laura Loo

    I love the shark one for my son to use for swimming

  99. Tanya Camilleri

    Sheldon the turtle for my daughter. We would take her lunch in it to the sealife centre 🙂

  100. Laura Asplin

    I would pick the shark, give it to my nephew and take it to the beach

  101. My little girl would love the dolphin to take on holiday (we haven’t decided where we are going yet)

  102. Allison Amanda Sullivan

    i would so love to win inky the octopus and take it evrytime we go to the park which is all the time.the kids acn pack their own picnics and then carry it and get evrything out ready when they are there

  103. gemma clark

    We already have the killer whale but my daughter really wants the dolphin! We take ours literally everywhere as they are deceptively roomy and obviously waterproof. My daughter finds it really comfy to wear compared to other backpacks too xx

  104. Johan Ellermann

    I would choose the Paddlepak Octopus – Inky, I would give it to my Daughter and we’d take it to the beach 🙂

  105. irene gilmour

    my little girl loves the clown fish we would take it to the beach and swimming pool

  106. Victoria L

    I’d choose the lobster one for my son, and we’d use it for our day trips to the seaside.

  107. Kelly Dutton

    PaddlePak Lobster – Pinch for my little girl to take to swimming lessons

  108. The octopus for my youngests new swimming lessons

  109. Caroline H

    I’d choose the Blue Bob for a day poking about along the beach. We’d love to keep it but I think we’d gift it to my niece for her birthday.


    Inky Octopus for my grandson, we’d take it for a picnic at the Crook o’ Lune in Lancaster

  111. katrina walsh

    Id choose the lobster for my niece. im taking her to the seaside for 2 nights at the end of august so this would be ideal.

  112. Tina Holmes

    My daughter would pick the pink one and it would be fab for when we go swimming

  113. charlotte wilde

    I’d pick the lobster to give to my youngest daughter – we’d straight away take it down to the beach for some stone throwing and maybe some blue feet paddling!

  114. Laura Pritchard

    I’d pick the PaddlePak Frog – Ribbit for my son & we’d take it out with us to National Trust properties.

  115. I would choose the tortoise for my grandson and we would go to the beach if we won

  116. Hannah Bee Griffin

    I would choose the Paddle Pak Clown fish for my little girl. She starts school in September for the first time and will be starting swimming lessons so this would be perfect

  117. Holly Edmundson

    I love flo and I would give it to my daughter for when we go to the seaside xx

  118. Lara Davis

    Would love the shark paddlepak for my son and would take iton our family adventures over the next few months xx

  119. brenda heads

    I would pick the octopus, then either child could use it.

  120. Julia Plant

    Chuckles the clownfish which I would give my daughter for her upcoming birthday, and we would take it to the beach

  121. Tracy Newton

    My toddler and I love Ribbit the frog. We would take him swimming and on days out.

  122. Christina kuczerepa

    I would pick the dolphin and give it to my niece kirsten then we could go to deep sea world, as shes four she would love this

  123. Kerry Locke

    Perfect for my little boys trips to the swimming pool –

  124. Bethanie Harrison

    I would choose the dolphin, give it to my niece and we would take it to centreparcs when we go next year 🙂

  125. I like Inky! He’d be great for my little one 🙂

  126. angela sandhu

    PaddlePak Pink – Flo
    I would give it to my niece when we go the London Zoo

  127. Sarah Archibald

    Oh! Sheldon! My daughter is forever putting things on her back to try and be a turtle!

  128. Martina Pichova

    I like the blowfish for my toddler son. We would take it on any trips.

  129. I would choose the Paddlepak Shark and I would give it to my little boy as he loves sharks! We would use it for James swimming lessons and beach visits. x

  130. claire woods

    for my son Samuel I would choose the lobster and take it back to the beach

  131. Jill Webb

    PaddlePak Octopus – Inky for my grand son Aiden when he comes camping with us

  132. Lynsey Buchanan

    The Octopus Inky for my daughter she could take it out on her daytrips at out of school club

  133. Kay panayi

    My daughter would love the dolphin to take everywhere

  134. Sandra Lane

    I like the Clown Fish – Chuckles and my daughter would use it to visit her cousins in France.


    The Frog. I would give it to my grandson for when he goes out on picnics

  136. Corinne Peat

    We love the shark. I would give it to my little boy Lucas for when we go exploring.

  137. Amy Jane Beckett

    PaddlePak Octopus – Inky – I would give it to my niece

  138. lyn burgess

    My daughter would absolutely love the PaddlePak Tropical – Tang as she loves fish and blue is her favourite colour. I am sure that it would go everywhere with us, as she would not want to be parted from it.

  139. laura jayne bates

    the frog one for my daughter and she could take it to the park with her

  140. elaine dale

    paddlepak-octopus-inky give to my grand-daughter to take to nursery

  141. Heidi Brown

    i’d choose the PaddlePak Clown Fish – Chuckles for my little boy and im sure he would take it everywhere!!

  142. Julie Ward

    Octopus Inky for grandson, take it on his hols

  143. Alex Fowler

    PaddlePak Turtle – george my nephew would be great for the zoo

  144. Sallyanne Gooch

    The dolphin for my little girl Amber

  145. Lorraine Tinsley

    I love Inky the octopus and I would give it to my daughter Isabella if I won. I think she would love to take it to the zoo as we went on Monday and she keeps talking about the animals 🙂

  146. Sarah Hurrell

    Pinch the lobster who we would take swimming with us on holiday in October to Great Yarmouth.

  147. Catherine Ball

    I’d choose Pinch the Lobster for my three-year-old daughter who is just starting ‘big girl’ swimming lessons and has a passion for bags!

  148. sarah marlow

    My daughter would choose the frog one and I am certain that he would come absolutely everywhere with us!

  149. Tracy Hanley

    My granddaughter loves PaddlePak Octopus – Inky

  150. iain maciver

    I would choose the frog for my nephew as he loves frogs

  151. Jo Jones

    Inky Octopus for Amelia & she would take it to West Midlands Safari Park for a day trip first

  152. Stephanie Tsang

    I would choose the frog for my daughter and she would take it to school.

  153. MichelleD

    I’d choose Inky the octopus for my Daughter, we’d take it to afternoons at the beach!

  154. nicola clarkson

    i would pick the lobster for my son

  155. Damian Staniforth

    I would choose pink flo for my 20month old daughter Amelia and we would take it out on many day trips she especially loves the beach though

  156. i would go for the dolphin paddle pack for my daughter

  157. Keren Mary Curran

    Dolphin one for my niece to take on he travels to france

  158. Melanie McNair

    I would choose the PaddlePak Octopus – Inky for my niece and she’d likely take it to school with her

  159. victoria thurgood

    PaddlePak Turtle – Sheldon I would use it for trips to London for my son

  160. jade Louise swain

    The PaddlePak Pink – Flo! How adorable!
    My niece is 2,i’d take her to chatsworth house as shes obsessed with princesses and chatsworth looks like a “castle”! 🙂

  161. Catherine McAlinden

    I would love the shark for my little boy, George. We would use it for when we go swimming 🙂

  162. Shirley Evans

    Octopus Inky is the best one ,I love it

  163. Kim Neville

    I would get the PaddlePak Blue Bob for my son and take on our trips out and about

  164. Claire Eadie

    I love Tang, my 5 year old son Max would be over the moon 🙂

  165. janet humphrey

    I would choose the lobster one, and my nephew Charlie would adore this one.

  166. I’d give it to my son albert, I’d choose Spike the blowfish and we’d take it to the beach!

  167. I would choose Dolphin one 🙂 And give it to one of my daughters! x

  168. Ashleigh Allan

    I would choose the clownfish for my son for his swimming lessons!

  169. Tracy Nixon

    Ribbit the Frog! My youngest daughter would love him! Thank you x

  170. melanie stirling

    I would choose the dolphin for my niece to take to the seaside and her swimming lessons.

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