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 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, 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)
Another great toddler option, this lightweight two-piece luggage set comes with a hard-sided wheeled suitcase and backpack.
5 patterns available
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.
multiple colors available
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
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.
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.
10+ colors available
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
Best Investment Luggage for Kids (Over $100)
Currently available in three 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.
The modern oval design of this wheeled suitcase makes this one fun, and the 18-inch height makes it easy for little ones to use themselves. Plus, the faux leather exterior is easy to clean.
3 colors available
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
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).
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 ride-on suitcase's ergonomic design is made to help reduce children’s fatigue and allow them to have fun on the go. It comes in two different sizes and six different colors, with a weight limit of 110 pounds.
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
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
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.
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) and comes in several different shades.
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.