If there’s one thing that Harry loves, it’s a bag. We have a whole collection of backpacks, shoulder bags, handbags and purses – some bought especially for the children and some simply pilfered from my wardrobe. We have had actual tears at night when I have told him to take off his backpack, or his “pack pack” as he calls it and it’s a daily struggle to wrestle his bag off him before he gets into his car seat! Everything that ever goes missing from our house can be found stuffed in a bag, hidden away where only he knows, with a whole array of household goods, stuffed toys and more often than not, the remote control and my mobile.
When we were approached to review the new Samsonite Finding Dory luggage collection, I knew that there was no better product for our very first review and no better critic than Harry. Not only does he love his bags, but he also loves Disney too and, having just watched Finding Dory, we are all huge fans of the film!
We have never used Samsonite luggage before but I was already aware of their excellent reputation and having read a little more about them, I was expecting only good things.
“At Samsonite we know that the journey can be just as exciting as the final destination, so why not let your children get involved and pack a suitcase of their own.
Designed and manufactured to Samsonite’s legendary standards, our range of childrens’ luggage is perfect for kids on the move.
We have a bag or suitcase to suit every junior globetrotter, starring everyone’s favourite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters: Frozen, Disney Princesses, Mickey, Minnie and Disney.Pixar Cars, as well as Spider-Man, the Avengers and Darth Vader.
Our kids’ collections include small upright suitcases, perfect for an overnight stay with grandparents, along with matching school bags, gym bags, purses and children’s rucksacks. So why not let the kids get involved and do their own packing?”
When we received our Dory backpack, I instantly knew that the quality from Samsonite exceeded any of the other bags my children already have. Although absolutely fine for the purpose, our usual backpacks are bought from high street stores, the supermarket or chintzy market stalls when the children have pleaded for “just one more!”. The Dory bag was much bigger than our existing bags and far from ‘just a back pack’, this was a substantial, well made piece of luggage.The girls instantly broke into a fight over who got to try the backpack on first and, having pushed both of them over with screams of “Fishy pack pack!!”, it was no surprise that Harry won. And once he had it on, he refused to take it off!
We thought we would try it out for the holiday, the true test of whether it could fit in all of the essentials that Harry insisted on packing – his juice cup, a bouncy ball, a witch Halloween costume, his stuffed Baa, four different bracelets, two pairs of shoes, four bags of Wotsits, a waterproof mac and a My Little Pony. And after quickly re-packing when he wasn’t looking, we were good to go!
When we woke on the first morning of the holiday and found Harry in the lounge, ready and waiting with his ‘pack pack’ on, we knew then that the Finding Dory backpack had swooped first place in Harrys bag collection!
Although Samsonite luggage may be more expensive than our regular supermarket buys, I have no doubt that the quality is reflected in the price. When it comes to luggage you need something practical and robust, but equally something that appeals to the children so that they want to get involved with the packing, take responsibility for their baggage and, in a family of six, teaching them to carry their own bag is always a bonus!
All in all, not only was Finding Dory a hit with the children, but the Samsonite luggage most definitely was too!
***All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. We were kindly sent the Samsonite luggage for review. ***