Like many families, we have a few bigger trips planned this year. But on a recent getaway with my kids—ages 4 and 6—I realized we really needed to upgrade our luggage 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, luggage truly makes a difference when towing along a few little ones. Here are 15 of our favorite luggage options for kids and a few extra travel accessories to help make your trip a breeze.
Editors’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)
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.
Best Investment Luggage for Kids (Over $100)
Currently available in four 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.
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 an MP3 player pocket for headphone cords. It can also be personalized for an extra cost.
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.
multiple patterns available
Best Ride-On Luggage
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.
available in different styles such as race car, superhero robot, and Yeti monster.
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.
Reviewers say it's lightweight and has just enough packing room for the essentials.
5 colors available
Travel Accessories to Make Travel with Kids Easier
This handy accessory is a travel seat that attaches to carry-on luggage so little ones 2 years old and up can be carried along comfortably on top of the luggage. Weighing in at a light 19 ounces, the Lugabug travel seat can hold a child up to 50 pounds once strapped in and comes in black and gray.
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.