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Top-Rated Luggage for Kids at Every Price Point


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Best luggage for kids"
Best luggage for kids
Graphics by: Aryana Johnson
Graphics by: Aryana Johnson

Like many families, we have a few bigger trips planned this year. But on a recent getaway with my little ones—ages 4 and 6—I realized we really needed to look into the best luggage for kids and upgrade their bags now that they’re more capable of toting their essentials. This past trip, we had a backpack for each of our children, a carry-on, and a checked bag, but we regretted not having luggage they’d be able to use themselves.

Luckily, there are plenty of options that fit our needs, budget, and their interest (because it never hurts to get them excited about using their own “big kid” suitcase). Whether you are new to traveling with kids or a pro-on-the-go, the bags you pack truly make a difference when towing along a few little ones. Here are some of our favorite luggage options for kids, plus a few extra travel accessories to help make your trip a breeze.

Editor’s Note: Each airline has its own unique set of rules for carry-ons, in-flight accessories, and safest practices. Before purchasing, make sure to consult your airline in advance.

Best Budget Luggage for Kids (Under $100)

Nordstrom | Popatu
Trolley Backpack

Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, this soft-sided backpack can be worn or wheeled.

blue plane backpack also available

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Amazon | Honey Joy
2-Piece Carry-On Luggage Set

Another great toddler option, this lightweight two-piece luggage set comes with a hard-sided wheeled suitcase and backpack.

10 patterns available

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Amazon | Rockland
2-Piece Luggage Set

This classic two-piece luggage set comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It is expandable, has a telescopic handle, and has sturdy inline wheels that makes rolling it a breeze for younger ones.

10+ colors and patterns available

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Walmart | Protege
Kids Carry-On

This cute carry-on is very budget-friendly (under $30!). It has an interlocking zipper to keep belongings safe, a padded carry handle, and a telescopic handle.

6 patterns available

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kids shark suitcase
Target | Crckt
Softside Carry-On

This soft suitcase is water-resistant, has a water bottle pocket, and includes a removable plush dangle, which is just perfect for younger children. There are multiple exterior storage spaces and pocket space for snacks, tablets, and more. It is also available in seven different prints, from dinosaurs to donuts.

7 patterns available

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Amazon | Rockland
Hardside 20-Inch Carry-On

With plenty of fun colors for kids, the 20-inch Rockland carry-on suitcase is another great option. Bonus: If you chose to check this one on an airplane, the bright color will be easy to spot on the baggage claim carousel.

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spinner suitcase
Target | Crckt
Hardside 21-Inch Spinner Suitcase

If you're looking for a hard-sided suitcase in a pattern kids will love, this spinner suitcase is another budget-friendly option.

10 patterns available

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Best Investment Luggage for Kids (Over $100)

kids colorblock suitcase
State Bags
Mini Logan Suitcase

Available in eight patterns, this bag features two larger pockets with elastic to keep things compact as well as an exterior pocket with several different spaces for pens, notebooks, or small activities. Forty-five percent of the bag is made from recycled water bottles and it also has a separate mesh pocket for dirty clothes and a strap to carry a water bottle or stuffed animal.

8 patterns available

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Pottery Barn Kids
Rolling Backpack

Made of water-resistant fabric and having adjustable straps that are padded for a comfortable fit, this rolling backpack is a great option. Each rolling backpack features sturdy wheels, straps that can be stored away, and a pocket for headphone cords. Available in three sizes, it can also be personalized for an extra cost.

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mini carry on suitcase
Hue Mini Carry-On Luggage

This lightweight yet durable wheeled suitcase makes it easy for little ones to use themselves. Plus, this compact design can fit beneath most airline seats!

8 colors available

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Pottery Barn Kids
Glow-in-the-Dark Luggage

This water-resistant, glow-in-the-dark, rolling luggage adds style and ease to any travel plan. It has heavy-duty metal handles, nylon zippers, and adjustable handles that will stand the test of time and children. Pottery Barn also has matching duffles, toiletry bags, backpacks, packing cubes, and even water bottles for children.

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kids hardcase suitcse
Anthropologie | Olli Ella
See-Ya Suitcase

Made from recycled plastic bottles, the Olli Ella See-Ya suitcase is made with kids in mind—including an elastic strap to hold their precious cargo (i.e. stuffed animals, dolls, or action figures).

3 colors available

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Best Ride-On Luggage

Amazon | KiddieTotes
Scooter Suitcase

Never underestimate the amount of walking and how tired little legs can get. This scooter suitcase is durable, scratch-resistant, and lightweight enough for children to ride (110-pound weight limit), carry or pull.

4 styles available

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kids ride on luggage
Amazon | Younglingz
Lil Flyer 20” Ride-On Suitcase

This ride-on suitcase is designed to make traveling with children easier while allowing them to have fun on the go. It also comes in multiple fun patterns!

7 patterns available

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JetKids BedBox

This suitcase makes naptime a breeze in the sky. It transforms into a leg rest or in-flight bed (used at cruising altitude) that allows children to be comfortable. It holds up to 77 pounds and children 3-7 years can ride on it through the airport.

Read our full review here.

2 colors available

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kids suitcase
Amazon | Micro Kickboard
Rideable Kids Luggage

From editor-favorite brand Micro Kickboard, this kids suitcase has ample storage, an easy-to-access front pocket, and kids can also ride it through the airport.

3 colors available

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Travel Accessories to Make Travel with Kids Easier

kids travel luggage seat
Luggage Seat Attachment

This handy accessory is a travel seat that attaches to carry-on luggage so little ones can be carried along comfortably on top of the luggage. Designed with high-quality nylon fabric, this travel seat can hold a child up to 40 pounds once strapped.

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stroller hooks
Amazon | PBnJ Baby
Stroller Organizer Hooks

This hook is simple to use and allows parents to carry bigger items at once, thanks to its heavy-duty aluminum. It is designed to allow hands-free transport (think diaper bags on rolling suitcases for travel).

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Amazon | Alnoor USA
Car Seat Straps

After a week-long trip that included a few flights, bus rides, and Uber drives, I wholeheartedly suggest that families who are using carseats get a luggage strap or attachment to make travel a hundred times easier. This strap helps transform your rolling suitcase or bag into a simple car seat carrier in just moments for those with a top tether.

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luggage tag
Initial Luggage Tag

Regardless of how you're traveling, it's always a good idea to have a luggage tag strapped to your kiddo's suitcase. Plus, this initial luggage tag adds an adorable personalized touch.

10+ styles available

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airtag pack
Target | Apple
AirTag 4-Pack

If you don't already own AirTags, this is your sign to purchase this nifty gadget. Made to easily track your luggage, keys, wallet, etc., you'll never have to worry about your belongings while traveling ever again.

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