Buying luggage for kids is one of the best decisions you can make before heading out on your next vacation! Our loads are so much lighter now that my girls are able to wheel around their own bags and carry-ons. That being said, you need to pick and choose your gear carefully as little hands and light frames have trouble pulling and pushing the traditional piece of luggage.
I’ve tested out my share of luggage, both for adults and kids. Some we’ve liked and others – not so much. I decided to include my thoughts on both so that you have an honest look at what’s out there. If you travel quite a bit, there will be pieces that are definitely more suited than the rest.
Here’s my honest take on seven luggage options for children. If I missed a brand that you’re fond of, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below! I’m always on the look-out for new travel pieces!
Zoo Luggage 1 of 7
This luggage is oh-so-cute and just as mighty! We've taken our Skip Hop luggage on no less than eight trips, banging it back and forth through airports and wheeling it through dirt, gravel and pavement - yet it's still as good as new. These adorable pieces come in four different styles - ladybug, monkey, dog and owl. The part - this is the most affordable luggage option out there for kids!
Price: $30.00 from Skip Hop
Samsonite Sammies 2 of 7
I had a tough time trying to find these Samsonite Sammies and for some reason I couldn't locate them on the manufacturer's website, which is a shame as they are my #1 favorite pick. These are extremely well made pieces that offer lots of space for an older child (7-10 years old). The pieces have a retractable handle and very smooth rolling wheels. They look super cute too! Sammies come in two styles - elephant and butterfly.
Price: $79.99 from Air Canada Boutique
Trunki 3 of 7
Trunkis offer a unique feature that none of the other luggage options have. Your child can sit on the back of the cases and you can pull them along the airport using the included strap, and there are fun accessories that allow you to dress them up (purses, stickers, etc).
Trunkis are cute and great for runs to grandma and grandpa's house, but I wouldn't recommend them for longer hauls. We have two that have held up during flights and hauls through the airport, but the closures tend to pop off if they are put under any sort of stress. As long as you don't lose them, they are easy to reinstall, but it tends to be a bit of a nuisance.
Price: $39.99 through Melissa & Doug
Pottery Barn 4 of 7
Pottery Barn has been manufacturing luggage for kids for awhile now. They refresh their styles and patterns all the time and offer a wide range of options for both boys and girls. Pottery Barn Kids luggage is made from a rugged water-resistant 600-denier polyester and the wheels are nice and sturdy. Metal handles, tough zippers and thick handles make these super durable. You can choose between three sizes - small, large and "stowaway."
Price: ranges from $112-$169 from Pottery Barn
Heys Disney 5 of 7
Heys is in partnership with Disney for their children's luggage line. Consisting of spinners and hybrid pieces, these beautiful cases weigh in at just 3.8 lbs. The handle is designed specifically for smaller bodies and the inline skate wheels make for an easier roll.
Price: $39.99 through Heys
Nasa Shuttle Luggage 6 of 7
If you have a little space lover or someone who's dreaming of becoming an astronaut, this adorable NASA Shuttle luggage piece is completely on point.
Price: $59.99 (on sale now for $17.99) through Amazon.com
The Backpack Route 7 of 7
The backpack route is another option if you kids aren't too keen on pulling their own case. If your child is older, brands like Columbia and LeSportsSac are great, but for little ones, Skip Hop is your best (and cutest) bet. The Zoo Packs come in 15 adorable characters!
Price: $20.00 through Amazon.com
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