Preparing for a family holiday?
If you're planning a trip with kids in tow, it could be a good idea to get your hands on some kids' hand luggage. It would mean a specially-designated place for the clothes, toys, nappies, baby wipes, crayons, snacks and anything else your child might need on a long journey.
Plus, it's often cheaper to travel with individual luggage than to check in larger, family-sized travel bags. But choosing the right kids' luggage can be tricky. There are a number of things to consider: what kind of travel bags can kids carry most easily? Which brands best deliver on quality, value, storage space and useful features?
Hard luggage is a good choice if you're flying and looking to check in your bag; checked cases are often thrown around by baggage handlers. Soft luggage, on the other hand, allows more wiggle room when squeezing it into overhead storage, or squishing in last-minute necessities. Storage pockets, ride-on options and the way the bag is carried are also things to consider.
We've done the research into all these factors for you, so you can make an informed decision and ensure you have the best kids' carry on luggage for your next getaway.
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Kidadl's Top Pick
Though all our picks of the best kids' luggage come highly recommended, this is our top choice based on quality, price point and, of course, the ride-along aspect.
1. George Special Trunki Ride-On Suitcase
Hugely popular with kids and parents the world over (and with good reason), a Trunki bag had to come top of our list. These fab little cases are something of a 2-in-1 situation: a compact and durable suitcase with a sturdy hard shell to safely transport all your children's necessities, and a fun-filled transportation method through the airport! They're lightweight, hand luggage-approved and though the wheels may look as though they take up packing space, there's still plenty of room for all the essentials inside. With a huge array of colours and designs to choose from, there's something to suit every child. Plus, each Trunki suitcase comes with a free 5-year guarantee - you can't go wrong!
- Price: £34.99
- Size: 46 x 21 x 31 cm
- Weight: 1.7kg
- Capacity: 18L
- Age: 3-6 (max. ride-along weight: 50kg)
- Smooth ride-along option on four sturdy wheels
- Multifunctional strap for pulling or holding over the shoulder
- Elastic pocket and stretchy straps inside to keep items in place
Best For Design
2. Skip Hop Zoo Travel Trolley, Fox
In a host of bright animal designs (the cute little fox is our favourite), the much-loved rolling luggage from Skip Hop offers a range of functional and beautifully-designed cases for younger kids. Featuring a small, retractable handle, easily-reachable pockets and zips that pull all the way around for quick access, this little bag is an all-around winner. Matching rucksacks, lunch boxes and water bottles are also available if you want the full look.
- Price: £34.99
- Size: 30.5 cm x 14 cm x 40.6 cm
- Weight: 1.02 kg
- Capacity: 30L
- Age: 3+
- Fun range of kid-friendly designs
- Approved as hand luggage size
- Multiple pockets
Best For Families On A Budget
3. Minimax Kids' Cabin Luggage in Blue
The Minimax ticks a lot of boxes. For starters, it's dual action: it may look like rolling luggage, but release the straps from the back pocket and it quickly becomes a rucksack, perfect for when parents need to take over carrying it. It's got tons of room, plenty of handy pockets and storage compartments (including a specially-designed 'toy pouch' for a favourite teddy or doll) and comes with a 2-year warranty, all for the price of £17.49. What's not to love?
- Price: £17.49
- Size: 45x35x20cm
- Weight: 1.4kg
- Capacity: 30L
- Age: 5-13
- Hand luggage size
- Adjustable telescopic handle
- Mesh front pocket
- Adjustable 'toy pocket'
Best For Driving Holidays
Another two-in-one godsend, this little case doubles as a booster seat! Quick and easy to install in a car (perfect if you're renting a vehicle abroad), and just as effortlessly converted into a 10L wheel-along suitcase with a pull-out handle. What it lacks in storage capacity (it's a bit less roomy than some of the other contenders on the list), it more than makes up for in convenience. Plus, the company offers to take old items back when you're done with them so that they can recycle them for free; bonus!
- Price: £49.99
- Size: 39.5 x 40.6 x 14.8 cm
- Weight: 1.8kg
- Capacity: 10L
- 12-month warranty
- Complies with regulation safety standard
- Washable seat pad
- Built in three-point seat belt
- Four colours to choose from
Best For Under 10s
5. Mickey Mouse Polka Dot Kids' Luggage On Wheels by American Tourister
The Disney collection from American Tourister offers a range of larger cases; ideal for older children who need a little more space but still want something fun. Kids can choose from a multitude of designs featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and a host of other familiar faces. This case comes with a hard outer shell and a useful combination lock. The wheels are multi-directional, making it super slick and easy to move around.
- Price: £109
- Size: 55 x 40 x 20cm
- Weight: 2.6kg
- Capacity: 36L
- Hard Shell
- Combination Lock
- Large range of fun Disney designs
- 2-year warranty
Best For Under 5s
6. Boppi Tiny Trekker, Dog
The dog from the adorable animal-themed range by Boppi Tiny Trekker is, we think, the best kids' suitcase for young kids. Complete with an adjustable handle that clicks into two different heights (allowing for rapid growth in younger children), a stopper on the front that prevents it from falling over when stationary and PU wheels that make for an ultra-smooth ride, this little case is cute, compact and easy to manoeuvre.
- Price: £38.99
- Size: 42 x 22 x 30
- Weight: 1.5kg
- Capacity: 17L
- Age: 3+
- Hand luggage size
- Extendable handle with two heights (60cm & 72cm)
- Soft Outer Shell
- Zip compartment on the inner side
7. JetKids Bedbox by Stokke
The Jetkids Bedbox might just be the ultimate suitcase for kids, but it packs a punch when it comes to price, which is why we didn't put it further up the list. If you're looking for something sleek, stylish and truly multifunctional, though, this might be it. Another ride-along case, the Jetkids Bedbox also has a slick fold-out feature paired with an inner roll-up mattress that provides an inflight bed or leg rest (height-dependent) for your child to recline on. What more could you ask for?!
- Price: £149
- Size: 46 x 20 x 36cm
- Weight: 3.3kg
- Capacity: 20L
- Age: 3-7 years (bed 2+ years)
- Ride-on option
- Smooth swivel front wheels
- Fold-out bed/leg rest that fits most economy aeroplane seats
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- 3 chic colours to choose from
- Includes decorative stickers
8. Yodo Convertible Rolling Luggage, Owl
These fun animal bags boast trolley, backpack and handbag carrying options, great for switching it up over long journeys. There are also tons of well-thought-out design features that'll make long haul flights a breeze, including a large storage pouch on the front perfect for storing travel goodies, mesh pockets on each side and a padded portion on the front and back perfect for resting tired heads.
- Price: £46.39
- Size: 24 x 11.5 x 37 cm
- Weight: 1kg
- Capacity: 15L
- Age: 3+
- 3 carrying options
- Front and side pockets
- Padding panels for comfort
9. Cabin Max Purple Carry-On Luggage
If you need a simple children's suitcase with wheels that just does the job, this is the one for you. The Cabin Max bag is a good size, good quality, and at under £30, it won't break the bank. There are three colours to choose from: pink, blue and purple, a mesh bottle holder and a zip pocket on the outside. Weighing in at just over 1kg it's a lightweight option, meaning there's plenty of weight allowance left for all your child's clothes and toys (and with 34L capacity, there's plenty of room). It also comes with adjustable pants for your child to slot their favourite teddy into. Ingenious.
- Price: £29.95
- Size: 50 x 34 x 20 cm
- Weight: 1.1kg
- Capacity: 34L
- Age: 4+
- Wheels plus pull-out backpack straps
- Adjustable pants for toy
- Internal pocket, side and bottle pocket
10. Zinc Flyte 18" Midi Scooter Suitcase, Olivia the Owl
If you're looking for something to amuse restless little travellers in the airport, a kids' scooter suitcase might be the best choice for you. This one comes with pockets and inside straps that keep luggage in place whilst kids are busy scooting. The bottom deck folds neatly away for storage but this bag may not be size compatible with all airlines, so make sure you check if you're taking it on a plane. Whilst the case itself may not be quite as hard-wearing as some of the others on this list, we think the scooter aspect sort of makes up for it.
- Price: £62.99
- Size: 26 x 33 x 48 cm
- Weight: 3kg
- Capacity: 21L
- Age: 3+
- Fold-away scooter attached (75cm handlebar)
- Hard shell to resist bumps during movement
- Inside pockets and elasticated straps to hold items in place
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