The best luggage for children

Little jet-setters need a lot to travel comfortably. We’re talking neck pillows, blankets, cool clothes and of course some luggage that’s just the right size. While parents are busy managing logistics, their own luggage, and everything else (don’t forget the travel cot), kids as young as toddlers can gain a little autonomy by driving their own bags. The best luggage for kids is cute and functional while being able to easily drive around while on vacation.

What size luggage is best for children?

[[[[[One of the first things to consider when buying luggage for children is what size is best, and your child’s height has a lot to do with which luggage to buy. Older kids can handle an upright carry-on, while toddlers will need something smaller like an 18-inch rolling suitcase versus a more standard 22-inch height.

Like clothes, kids can go through luggage pretty quickly, especially if you buy luggage with cute prints. If you want the luggage to last for several years, it might be worth investing in something that grows with you; look for one with an adjustable or telescoping handle. If you’re only shopping for one trip or a season, you’ll be better off with something more affordable. Our picks range from about $60 to over $100.

Which type of luggage is best?

Kids are known for being rough with their belongings, so it’s understandable that you want to consider the durability of a suitcase. So keep in mind that hard-sided luggage is particularly durable and protective of what’s inside, but the exterior wears and scratches easily; Soft-sided luggage tends to be lighter, more affordable, and has convenient exterior pockets, but keep in mind that cheaper soft-sided luggage can tear. Then there’s the carry-on luggage, which tends to be tough, which makes traveling through the airport fun for your child and easier for you – just always make sure they are supervised to avoid falling off and injure themselves.

With all this in mind, keep scrolling for the best luggage for kids. They’re all set to hit the road (or the sky) – whether it’s with you for a family trip or a fun weekend away at grandma’s house.

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The overall best luggage set for kids

The Travelers Club Five Piece Luggage Set is a one-time purchase that’s perfect for little travelers – and you’ll love the matching accessories in your child’s favorite motif. The set comes with an 18-inch hard carry-on bag, a 15-inch backpack, a 10-inch lunch bag, a neck pillow, and a luggage tag. The lunch box fits in the backpack and the backpack has a trolley cover so that it can slide on the handles of the hand luggage.

Helpful review: “The suitcase set is super nice! Every piece it comes with is durable, which I especially appreciate with kids and the ruggedness of travel. My kid loves it and was excited when he saw the pillow. We use the backpack constantly when he visits grandma.”

Available styles: 7 | Available sizes: 1 | Type: hard case; backpack with soft sides

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The best hardside spinner for kids

The Rockland Jr. spinner suitcase is perfect for your child’s first trip. It’s small enough for toddlers to drive around on their own, and the interior can accommodate a generous amount of clothes and shoes. Customers rave about the cute design, the quality, and the straps that help keep everything in place. We swoon over the thoughtful details such as the zipper with matching tabs and the matching luggage tag.

Helpful review: “This bag is beyond cute. It rolls easily enough for my 4 year old to maneuver without a problem. The lining is silky soft and also has ladybugs. The hard shell is sturdy and has not suffered any damage from a cross-country trip. My daughter was ecstatic when we received it and she saw it for the first time. It definitely has a wow factor for the kids. This was a great purchase. We are very satisfied.”

Available styles: 8 | Available sizes: 13 x 10.5 x 19 in (L x W x H); smaller hand luggage also available | Type: hard side

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The best softside luggage for kids

Stephen Joseph’s Rolling Luggage looks like a backpack, but rolls like a suitcase. It has several zipper and mesh pockets on the outside that make it easy to access tablets, books, snacks and more. It also has an inner mesh pocket for undergarments or dirty clothes. It fits in overhead bins and has a carrying strap for parents. Just pick one in your child’s favorite design.

Helpful review: “Light and easy to carry, the handle works great and even has a cover to attach it to a carry-on bag. Perfect size for a few days trip, and it’s super cute!”

Available styles: 17 | Available sizes: 14.5 x 6.5 x 18 inches (L x W x H) | Type: soft side

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The best ride-on luggage for children

The innovative Trunki ride-on suitcase has taken the world by storm and parents are super grateful to have a multifunctional piece of luggage for kids to ride on. This design makes airport travel fun for kids; they can hold the ‘horns’ and push themselves or you can drag them with the supplied strap. Reviewers note that this sturdy choice can withstand knocks and bumps.

Helpful review: “My son absolutely loved this! He recently went on his first flight and my wife and I were looking for a trick to make the flight easier for him. Another parent recommended the Trunki and believe me when I say it’s worth it. He loved being able to ‘pack’ his own bag and then drag it around the airport. When he got too tired or (more often on our trip) we were in a hurry to get a connection, he loved riding it around the airport. We had so many people at the airport laughing at him as they drove around and at least half a dozen people came up to us to ask where we bought his Trunki. We had no trouble getting it into the trunk and it made it easy to get to his toys during the flight”

Available styles: 7 | Available sizes: 17.5 x 8 x 12.2 in (L x W x H) | Type: hard side

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The best night bag for kids

This adorable Wildkin duffel bag is lightweight and just the right size for kids to wear alone. It works well for outings and can also be used for sports exercises and games to carry around all that stuff. It has a padded shoulder strap and an outside pocket for important items.

Helpful review: “This is the perfect weekend bag for kids! I think I packed most of it for 3 days and I don’t think I would pack it any fuller. But the younger the child, the more you can pack! Every child is different but my 4 year old can easily carry her own bag even when it is full. We have 2 and plan to buy more! Absolutely loved the quality of this!!!”

Available styles: 21 | Available sizes: 18 x 9 x 9 in (L x W x H) | Type: soft side

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The best Disney luggage for kids

Chances are a trip to Disney is on your travel bucket list (if you haven’t already). And if so, consider preparing for many Disney-themed travel products, like this Disney suitcase. It can pivot upright with an adjustable pull handle so kids don’t have to drag it, and it has a mesh pocket inside. This choice is available in several Disney favorite prints such as Frozen, Mickey, Minnie and Baby Yoda. You can also put these designs in a hard case for kids.

Helpful review: “Unlike a duffel, this one opens completely so our little one can see everything at a glance while still keeping the organization. The inner and outer zip pocket are great for keeping undergarments and accessories separate. Perfect!”

Available styles: 8 | Available sizes: 12 x 7 x 18 in (L x W x H) | Type: soft side

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The best rolling suitcase set for toddlers

Independent toddlers will love bringing their own backpack and luggage with them thanks to this adorable iPlay, iLearn suitcase set. Both the backpack and the luggage have a hard shell and the backpack slides easily over the hand luggage with a trolley cover. It is also scratch resistant, has 360 degree castors and an adjustable handle. It’s the perfect travel companion!

Helpful review: “My 3 year old was so excited when he got this suitcase combination. We had to hide it because he wanted to take it everywhere. He is quite tall for his age, but he could easily maneuver it even with extra gear in his hands. I could pack more than enough clothes for a weekend away and still had room for extra stuff. He also got a lot of compliments while using it.”

Available styles: 1 | Available sizes: 2 | Type: hard side

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