Whether you’re on a short or a long trip, domestic or international, finding the best luggage for kids, whether they are toddlers or teens, is worthwhile. Why? For many reasons, but it’s always nice to be able to get your kids to carry their own things – for one they’ll take less and they’ll also feel so much more excitement for the trip to have their own personal bags just for them.
In this article I’ll not only be looking at the best kids luggage, but also travel luggage for teens and for toddlers too.
- 1 Things to consider when choosing the best luggage for kids
- 2 Best toddler luggage
- 3 Best children’s suitcases
- 4 Best luggage for teens and tweens
Things to consider when choosing the best luggage for kids
Choosing luggage doesn’t have to be boring – for kids you get a whole range of exciting designs and characters to have on your suitcases and for me that’s one of the main things I like to look for – the fun factor! Yes you can go with a boring old plain suitcase, but where’s the fun in that? Getting something cute and fun will go a long way to making your kids holidays memorable, especially if they then take responsibility for packing and carrying their own special case.
Other things to consider are the longevity of the product – some suitcases are made cheaply and might not last that long, not great when on an international flight! Just because they are aimed at kids, don’t think it’s ok to go for inferior products.
Size is the last thing to really consider. Don’t go overboard thinking that bigger is better. It won’t be that great if it’s too unwieldy for your child to manoeuvre. Go for something easy to manage and small. A great time to learn about minimalist packing!
Best toddler luggage
The important things to look for with toddler travel luggage is that it is appealing and fun to look at for them, after all you’re going to need them to want to wheel it, and also that it is a good size for them. Too big and it will be unwieldy, you’ll likely overpack it and mum and dad will just end up taking it!
Toddlers don’t need huge amounts of space for clothes, so go small and pack light! Here’s the best toddler luggage I’ve found that’s on the market at the moment.
Rolling suitcase for toddler
Skip Hop Zoo rolling suitcase
This luggage is incredibly cute and small enough that it will be good for the littlest of kids. I love that it has a parent strap so that it can be carried on a back when toddlers get tired, as we know they all do! It’s in loads of animal designs from the owl pictured above to monkeys, giraffes, a butterfly and more.
It’s roomy enough for lots of things, a small amount of clothes, a cuddly toy and some picture books as well. It’s within carry on limits for airlines too.
Another thing I like is that there are other travel products with the same designs – if you’re going on a long flight then maybe a matching neck rest would be good!
Yodo rolling backpack
Another notable mention in this category, especially if you’re wanting a slightly smaller suitcase is this one from Yodo. It’s a similar design, rolling suitcase, but this can also be converted in to a backpack if needed as well. It has loads of play value too with a fun face design on it – again lots of different ones like a shark, monkey and owl.
Best ride on suitcase for toddler
Ride on suitcases are recommended for ages 3+ generally so bear that in mind when looking at them. There are some great designs out there – my favourite has to be the Trunki though, not just because it’s a British design, but that there’s so much thought gone in to this small suitcase for kids.
This bumble bee suitcase is a great unisex design, really fun, with handles to hold on to while wheeling it along, a strap for parents to pull it and loads of space inside for all you really need to take. It’s great as kids carry on luggage too and fits airline restrictions. It also has a 5 year guarantee.
Best children’s suitcases
Best ride on suitcase for kids
The invention of the ride on kids suitcase was amazing! Ride on luggage is a brilliant design and you can’t get better than the fantastic Trunki suitcases so I’m going with this choice again for kids ride on luggage. I wish we’d had this when my kids were that age!
I think this blue design is a much more classic look and if you want the suitcase to last a bit longer and maybe even pass down through lots of kids with different likes and dislikes, this one is great.
Other notable ride on suitcases are:
The Diggin Skootcase is a really fun concept, taking the luggage design and adding in a bit of a fun scooter to it. I’d probably not recommend this one for longer trips and more serious travelling, but for small trips or overnight stays it would be great.
Vrum Ride On Suitcase
These ride on suitcases from Vrum are great if you like to have those characters and your kids are a bit obsessed – I know mine went through phases of it! This one is the Spiderman version, but there’s also a Disney Princess design and other comic book versions too.
Best rolling suitcase for kids
Cabin Max is a good brand that make budget suitcases that are perfect for carry on, so if you’re looking for carry on luggage for kids it’s a really good choice and you can be sure it will be fine for the latest airline regulations. It comes in a variety of colours and designs too.
Best luggage for teens and tweens
When kids get older, like mine, the bright colours and characters don’t matter so much. They still need good luggage though, and if we can get them something good that will last them in to adulthood all the better.
From the makers of Trunki comes a much more grown up ride on suitcase – The Jurni! My teen is planning to get one as soon as possible! I think at the moment it is only available in the UK, but I imagine will be worldwide soon.
It’s similar to the Trunki in that you can ride on it, it turns in to a seat that you can use at an airport or waiting at the train station. It’s in much more teen friendly colours – black with a bright accent colour. The internal compartment is roomy too so you’ll be able to pack well for a weekend away. At 20 litres, it’s not a huge piece of luggage, so probably not great for long term travel, but that depends on what you take of course.
One of my favourite features is the fact you can turn the suitcase in to a small cupboard / nightstand which I think would be really great while away. I know my daughter loves to keep very organised and this really appeals to her.
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TrendyKid Travel Kool Luggage
A nice smart rolling suitcase is a great investment for teens. If you can’t get the Jurni or are looking for something a little cheaper, then this hard shell suitcase is excellent for growing kids. Not too cutesy but still a little bit funky and suitable for both boys and girls.
It feels like a grown up suitcase and can be used for many years. It’s carry on luggage size and so will be perfect for quick trips or longer trips where you’re just being a bit more minimalist in packing!
Best travel backpack for teens
Osprey Farpoint 40
This backpack from Osprey comes with many great reviews from adults, especially since it comes in a smaller size suitable for people with smaller frames. As such it would be great for teens as well. If it’s good for my 5ft frame then a teen should be fine with it too.
It has great compartments, it’s compact and at only 40 litres it ensures that you’ll not be taking too much making their backpack too heavy and risking damage to their growing body. It’s long lasting and comes from a reputable manufacturer so will even be great for when they get started on their own adventures!
As you can see there’s some great options when choosing the best luggage for kids – you certainly don’t have to have inferior or cheap and nasty products!
Don’t forget to check out my Packing Cubes review as well – a great idea to keep luggage organised whether for kids or for adults!