Traveling with kids is tough enough without worrying that their luggage can’t stand up to the task. From maneuvering through busy airports to being shoved in and out of compartments, airline overhead bins and car trunks, kids’ luggage can take a beating. So, it’s important to look for something that’s durable and also a good fit for your child.
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Whether your little ones are frequent air travelers, road trippers or they just need something for sleepovers and trips to Grandma’s house, here’s what you should consider when buying kids’ luggage:
- Your child’s size: If your kiddo is at a stage where they’re growing like a weed, opt for something with adjustable handles so it’s easy for them to carry and pull as they grow. If they’re young and still building muscles, go for lightweight luggage that maneuvers easily.
- Your child’s personality: Do they love attention? Do they hate walking long distances, such as through airport terminals? A suitcase with lots of character may be the best option for you.
- How much stuff does your child have? If your kiddo loves stuffing their bag with more clothes, toys and supplies than they can ever use on a single trip, you’ll want expandable luggage with plenty of zippers, pockets and compartments.
Whichever kids’ luggage you choose, giving them a suitcase that’s all theirs will help to teach them responsibility while freeing up space in yours, which is a win for everyone!
This compact but powerful suitcase can be used as an adult weekender bag. With four 360-degree wheels, it’s easy for small hands to maneuver. It has a durable exterior that can withstand children who like to sit on their luggage and roll it. The interior is spacious with a divider for books, iPads, socks, and pockets for other small items. It is designed to fit under an average airline seat and comes in eight vibrant colors.
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This well-reviewed suitcase is durable, easy to use, and adorable. A push-button handle and zipper pulls are perfect for small hands, and at just more than 4 pounds when empty, it’s lightweight enough that they can easily pull it around on its side-mounted wheels. Inside, tie-down straps hold everything in place while a divider creates separate packing compartments that make it easy to keep clean and dirty clothes apart while you’re on the road. Kids love the fun, vibrant graphics of their favorite characters from Disney World and Star Wars — and their coordinating luggage tags, too.
This stylish, ride-on suitcase is a favorite of parents and kids alike, but it’s especially perfect for long flights because it doubles as a footrest and even a bed. Unclip the lid and flip it upside down to create a platform that kids can use to rest their feet while reading, drawing, or watching movies while on transit. “I love that kids can scoot on it, but it also converts into a leg rest,””Mom blogger” Arielle Worona. When it’s time for some shut-eye, unwrap the mattress that comes tucked away inside, and “it becomes a bed that helps with all the much-needed travel day naps,”Worona agrees. The JetKids BedBox is easy to carry for parents if the kids tire of pulling or riding through airports.
The L.L.Bean duffel bag is more like a rolling suitcase than a suitcase. Parents love the spacious compartment and variety of sizes. “For sleepaway camp and traveling, my daughter uses the L.L.Bean Adventure rolling Duffle Bag,” says fashion stylist Victoria Sanchez Lincoln. “It rolls, fits everything she needs and the best part is that when she’s done using it, it folds flat and I can store it away easily without taking up room in my home.”The duffel is available in three sizes: medium, large, and extra-large. Like many L.L.Bean products, you can also have this one monogrammed in your child’s favorite color.
Younglinz Green Motorcycle Flyer is for kids who love to pack and ride in style. It holds up to 80 lbs for a child and a combination of packing loads. However, it’s not recommended if your child weighs more than 50 lbs. “It has a padded seat cushion, foldable handlebars, foot pedals, an adjustable seatbelt and my favorite feature, the light-up wheels,”A 6-year-old reviewer of toys says Sofia Isabella Massachusetts. The 360-degree light up spinner wheels make it easy to maneuver and are easy for passengers to spot in crowded airports. The suitcase is small enough that it can be placed in most overhead bins.
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The sturdy 360-degree wheels make it easy to transport this suitcase on both hard and soft surfaces. A side strap keeps a water bottle or a stuffed animal in place. A separate mesh pocket is handy for when dirty laundry accumulates on vacation. The suitcase’s most distinctive feature is its sturdy luggage sleeve. This allows you to slide your suitcase over your own suitcase when your children are too tired. Kids can express themselves with fun prints and colors of airplanes, dragons, and other objects. The best thing about this bag is the fact that 45% are made from recycled materials.
There aren’t many affordable suitcase options for kids that feature a special compartment designed for a doll or teddy bear. This suitcase is less than $50 and is an affordable option for kids who want to bring their special friend on their travels. The lightweight aluminum handle allows kids to pull the suitcase on two wheels. They can also use the padded straps to carry the suitcase as a backpack. With plenty of room for travel necessities, this versatile option is a great one — and it comes at a price that won’t break the bank.
Why wait until adulthood to buy their first vehicle? The Ridaz Mercedes Benz Benz G-Class Kids Suitcase will help you achieve your dream. “This suitcase is perfectly compact and attractive,”Vanessa Dewar, owner and founder of Stush Kidz, an online retailer selling accessories and travel gear for children. “My son gets compliments everywhere he takes it. It can fit several sets of toddler clothing and even has a compartment for a child’s toothbrush, underwear and socks. If packed neatly, a pair of sandals and sneakers can fit as well.”It can also fit under most airline seats, which can be a huge plus if you want to avoid checked bags.
The Trunki is ideal for long, difficult trips that will involve walking through airports. A mother of two stated that it was durable enough for her 6-year old and 7-year old. “In between flights, we would find an empty gate or hallway and the kids would zip up and down the area on the Trunkis, which helped a lot when we got on the plane as their energy had been burned off.”It includes a seatbelt that can be used for toys and teddy bears as well as a multi-functional strap that parents can use to tow tired toddlers. There is also a comfortable saddle and horn grips that can be used for steering, when it is used as a riding-on. It’s ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, but not quite large enough for bigger kids.
This adorable — and affordable — luggage is trifunctional. This bag can be used as a backpack, handbag, or carry-on luggage for all aspects of your child’s travels. The pouch in the front can be used to keep snacks and books separate, while mesh side pockets are great for bottles and shoes. Choose from different animal designs — from panda to shark, unicorn, dinosaur and more — and sizes to suit your toddler best.
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This Delsey bag is the perfect piece of transition for teens who want more. “adult.”The metallic exterior is available with multiple colors and the double-spinner wheels make it easy to move. Two large compartments have a zippered divider that allows for maximum space and minimizes wrinkles. It also expands another two inches for additional packing space, should your teen decide to go on a shopping spree while on vacation — so don’t forget those packing cubes! It comes in four sizes and 10 colours to best suit the style and frame of your child.
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This modern suitcase is sleek and egg-shaped, with a double compartment. It looks just like Jane Jetson would have bought for Elroy or Judy. You can store toys and books in one of the two interior compartments. The large zippered mesh pocket can be used to store clothes, undergarments, and accessories. The two silent wheels will keep you — and your little one — feeling sane when walking long distances through airport terminals.
This luggage was rated highly by Amazon users. One mother said that it took her nearly 10 years to need to replace it. The perfect size carry-on — especially for older kids — the 20-inch bag comes in a whopping 33 shades. The bag has an ergonomic handle and four spinner wheel wheels that rotate 360°. It can also expand by 2 inches to accommodate more. We love that this is a bag that can grow with your child and be used for years — and plenty of vacations — to come.
You can ride your suitcase like a scooter, but folding an aluminum platform down to ride your suitcase like a scooter increases the fun. An adjustable aluminum handle makes it easy for kids to maneuver and locks in place when it’s time to convert it to a regular roller bag. The light-up wheels make it easy and convenient to spot your childdo when they are scooting away. “He never once complained about walking in the airport, and it kept him entertained during their layover,” one grandparent reviewer said of the scooter. The Kiddietote can be used to transport race cars, robots and yeti monsters.
This luggage is extra deep and has plenty of room for clothes, shoes, and toys. It comes in 14 different colors and can be coordinated to match duffle bags or toiletry kits. There’s a design to suit every child’s interest. The included luggage handle locks at two heights, so it can adapt to your child’s growing needs. There are plenty of pockets inside for all your kid’s essentials on the plane.
This iPlay luggage set can grow with your child and features an adjustable handle. The carry-on luggage comes with a waterproof shell that is scratch-resistant and 360-degree spinner tires. Meanwhile, the included boxy backpack with extra wide straps will sit comfortably on your child’s shoulders and back, even when walking long distances. We love this set for its durability and fun design — sure to impress the shark-loving traveler in your life.
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Families that travel often will need more than one piece for their kids. Enter this five-piece set that’s a great value. The set includes a large piece of carry-on luggage, a matching backpack, lunch bag and neck pillow, as well as a luggage tag. The individual parts can be used separately for daycare, school lunches, and sleepovers. Each item has individual pockets, and one road-tripping mom said it fits perfectly whether you’re tossing it in your trunk or the overhead bin on a plane.
Once kids hit middle school and beyond, chances are they’ll cringe at anything with a cutesy pattern. This durable carry-on is available in six adult-friendly colors, including mint, navy, and rose gold. It has double coil anti-theft zippers to prevent unintentional entry, four spinner wheels for easy maneuvering, and an expansion of 25% to accommodate souvenir shopping. Chances are you’ll want this one for yourself.
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This set is for children 3-6 years old. It comes in five artistic designs, from astronauts and owls. Both the luggage and backpack have multiple compartments to separate and secure clothes, toys and more, and together they easily accommodate about three days worth of your kid’s stuff, making it ideal for short getaways. The backpack has adjustable straps and a handle that can be adjusted to make it easy for you to find the right fit for your trip.
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The sturdy in-line wheels make this suitcase more durable and provide more storage space. This suitcase is suitable for teens and can be monogrammed using any of 24 fonts and colors. The interior is divided into two separate compartments, with small and large zippered pockets as well as straps to keep clothing in place. This piece of luggage is available in both a carry-on bag size and checked luggage — or, get both for a matching set.
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